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Swansea City 1-2 West Bromwich Albion: Ahmed Hegazi seals Baggies revival

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium
Craig Dawson beats a full-stretch Erwin Mulder to level for West Brom at Swansea
Craig Dawson beats a full-stretch Erwin Mulder to level for West Brom at Swansea

West Bromwich Albion came from behind at Swansea City to earn a third straight Championship win.

The hosts started strongly and led as Oli McBurnie struck on the rebound, only for Craig Dawson to head the Baggies level two minutes later.

Ahmed Hegazi then also nodded in from a corner to put the visitors ahead before half-time.

Swansea poured forward in search of a second-half equaliser but the Baggies held on to climb up to fourth.

Darren Moore's men are now just two points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

For the Swans, however, a third defeat from four matches sees them slip to 11th place.

Whereas West Brom had responded to a winless run of four games with back-to-back victories, Swansea would have been forgiven for feeling a little fragile after they were beaten 4-1 at home by leaders Norwich City on Saturday.

Such is the unpredictability of the Championship, however, they made a strident start to this encounter and took a deserved early lead.

One of their stylish passing moves saw Matt Grimes play a one-two with McBurnie and, after Grimes' shot was saved by Sam Johnstone, McBurnie was on hand to power in the rebound.

Swansea were brimming with confidence in the early exchanges, with Bersant Celina threading intricate through balls for the likes of Daniel James to run into promising positions.

West Brom took a more direct route towards goal and it paid dividends, as a long, floating corner beyond the back post was met by Dawson, whose header looped into the opposite corner.

Although the hosts continued to cut through the Baggies' high defensive line - with James wasting one particularly good chance - it was the visitors who struck next.

Again, it was from a corner arcing towards the back post, where Hegazi rose almost unopposed to nod in.

While two headed goals from centre-backs will have delighted West Brom's boss and former defender Moore, they will have been a cause for concern for Swansea, whose goalkeeper Erwin Mulder was found wanting on both occasions.

The home side intensified their search for an equaliser as they approached the second half in gung-ho fashion, bringing on wingers Jefferson Montero and Barrie McKay as well as striker Wilfried Bony.

Although Montero supplied several inviting crosses from the left flank, genuine scoring opportunities were scarce.

And as Swansea threw bodies forward with abandon, that left them defensively exposed.

West Brom's Harvey Barnes, who had a quiet evening by his high standards, came to life in the 72nd minute with a curling 20-yard shot which hit the post.

But that mattered little as the Baggies - a little ruffled early in the first half but solid in the second - defended resolutely to see off Swansea's hopes of a revival and secure a well-earned win.

Swansea City manager Graham Potter told BBC Radio Wales:

"The effort was there - we put everything into the game. We lacked something in the final third in the second half but, while we're disappointed with the result, there are large aspects of the performance that were pleasing.

"It's hard to be really pleased after a loss, but I think there's a lot to go forward with.

"We now have to focus on regrouping, putting the disappointment behind us and trying to go to Derby [on Saturday] in a positive frame of mind."

West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore told BBC WM:

"It was a hard fought win today, I thought we found a way to come down here tonight that asked questions of the opponents, and we had to find a way to win through set pieces.

"To score with set plays you need the right delivery, the right timing of runs and the right contact, and we got those right tonight which led to our two goals.

"It's the third win in a row, but I thought tonight we played against a dynamic side and the key tonight was the quick response to their goal, it gave us a foothold in the game.

"The Championship is littered with quality teams, it's an exciting division, and that will continue until the end of the season, so I'm not looking at the league table at the moment."

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 3-4-3

  • 25Mulder
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 22RodonBooked at 90mins
  • 23RobertsSubstituted forMcKayat 61'minutes
  • 8FerSubstituted forMonteroat 71'minutes
  • 21Grimes
  • 3Olsson
  • 10Celina
  • 9McBurnie
  • 20JamesBooked at 69minsSubstituted forBonyat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 2Bony
  • 7Montero
  • 19McKay
  • 24John
  • 26Naughton
  • 27Fulton

West Brom

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Johnstone
  • 24Tosin
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3Gibbs
  • 10Phillips
  • 8Livermore
  • 7Morrison
  • 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forBarryat 90+5'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forGayleat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Brunt
  • 12Mears
  • 13Myhill
  • 16Gayle
  • 18Barry
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 34Harper
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
17,865

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth Barry replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

  4. Booking

    Joe Rodon (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Rodon (Swansea City).

  6. Post update

    Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Dwight Gayle.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Olsson with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Bersant Celina (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Dwight Gayle replaces Harvey Barnes.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Rodon (Swansea City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Rodon (Swansea City) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Hal Robson-Kanu.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Barrie McKay (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

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