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Swansea City 3-0 Norwich City

By Rob WestallBBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium
Jonathan de Guzman

A Jonathan de Guzman double helped ease Swansea City's relegation worries with a win that leaves Norwich City looking over their shoulders at the drop zone.

The Netherlands international blasted the Swans in front from the edge of the area before slotting home a second.

Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm produced a couple of fine saves as Norwich looked for a way back into the game.

But Wayne Routledge's low finish sealed victory to move the Swans above the Canaries in the Premier League table.

They are now 13th, seven points above the relegation zone, while Norwich are 15th.

With the two sides fighting for Premier League survival, it was understandably a tense atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium before kick-off, with both sets of fans aware that three points would mark a major step towards safety.

The home supporters were fully behind their side from the start as every Swansea attack and tackle was greeted with cheers, but signs of nerves were also evident as their voices fell silent every time Norwich crossed the halfway line.

Fortunately for the hosts, such attacks were infrequent as Swansea dominated the first half.

Michu, making only his second start since returning from injury, threatened during the early stages but could only fire two efforts wide of the Norwich goal.

The Spaniard lacked the kind of conviction that made him one of the Premier League's most lethal finishers last season and instead it was De Guzman who opened the scoring.

Jonjo Shelvey crossed into the box and the Canaries defence could only clear as far as De Guzman on the edge of the area and the midfielder lashed the ball home.

De Guzman and Routledge were pressing high up the pitch in support of Wilfried Bony and Michu, making it hard for Chris Hughton's side to get out of their half.

Consequently, Swansea were well in control as they continued to push forward in search of a second, which duly arrived just before the break.

De Guzman passed to Bony, who in turn back-heeled into the Dutchman's path and he clipped the ball over Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and into the net.

Norwich nearly got back into the game straight after the break as Robert Snodgrass's powerful low shot was cleared off the line by Ashley Williams.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, still looking for his first goal in 23 games in all competitions, then saw a header turned behind by Michel Vorm.

But Norwich's attacking threat faded as the game wore on and Routledge's low finish after latching onto Shelvey's through ball sealed the points.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "We find it very difficult away from home just to get that right formula.

"In a game when you're up against a team that's as good a passing team as Swansea are, you can't give them the amount of ball we gave them.

"I thought we conceded three soft goals. They showed great quality with what they have and real pace to get those goals, but it's that balancing act at the moment."

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Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 22RangelBooked at 62mins
  • 33Davies
  • 8Shelvey
  • 4Flores Moreno
  • 6Williams
  • 20De GuzmánSubstituted forDyerat 77'minutes
  • 7Britton
  • 10BonySubstituted forVázquez Garcíaat 88'minutes
  • 9Pérez CuestaSubstituted forHernándezat 73'minutes
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 11Hernández
  • 12Dyer
  • 21Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 25Tremmel
  • 26Vázquez García

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Martin
  • 23Olsson
  • 8HowsonSubstituted forJohnsonat 45'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 24Bennett
  • 5Bassong
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 27TetteyBooked at 59mins
  • 9van WolfswinkelSubstituted forHooperat 73'minutes
  • 16Elmander
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forGutiérrezat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 4Johnson
  • 11Hooper
  • 13Bunn
  • 15Gutiérrez
  • 19Becchio
  • 22Redmond
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
20,371

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 3, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Norwich City 0.

  3. Post update

    Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

  5. Post update

    Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

  8. Post update

    Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Álvaro Vázquez replaces Wilfried Bony.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

  11. Post update

    Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

  13. Post update

    Johan Elmander (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Johan Elmander is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

  17. Post update

    Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea32216562243869
2Liverpool31215584394568
3Man City30214580285267
4Arsenal32197656371964
5Everton30169546301657
6Tottenham3117594040056
7Man Utd321661052381454
8Southampton32139104940948
9Newcastle32144143847-946
10Stoke321010123745-840
11West Ham3197153441-734
12Aston Villa3197153446-1234
13Swansea3289154548-333
14Hull3296173340-733
15Norwich3288162651-2532
16Crystal Palace3194182039-1931
17West Brom31514123648-1229
18Cardiff3268182961-3226
19Sunderland2967162746-1925
20Fulham3173213070-4024
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