Swansea 3 - 0 West Brom
Swansea claimed their first Premier League goals and first win with a stylish performance against West Brom.
Scott Sinclair's penalty broke the levee after Paul Scharner's clumsy lunge on Joe Allen in the area.
Leroy Lita added a second, heading home when Sinclair flicked on a corner, then turned provider by nodding a long punt into Nathan Dyer's path for a third.
But Swansea's red-letter day was marred when Neil Taylor was carried off after being clattered by Peter Odemwingie.
The win sees Swansea jump to 12th in the table, while West Brom take their place in the bottom three.
The game was preceded by a minute's tribute to the four miners who died at the nearby Gleision Colliery this week, and the father of Swans manager Brendan Rodgers who passed away recently.
Swansea controlled the early part of the game, smoothly switching play across the field.
Taylor and Sinclair were combining particularly well and it was no surprise that Swansea's first sight of goal came from their left flank.
However, wing Sinclair could only scuff his half-chance at Ben Foster, while the Baggies goalkeeper was scarcely more troubled by Allen's tame shot soon after.
But Allen's next involvement proved more decisive, as the midfielder took a pass from Sinclair inside the box and was sent tumbling by Scharner's clumsy challenge.
Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot and Sinclair stepped up to take responsibility, coolly rolling the ball into the bottom right corner after sending Foster the wrong way.
That ended a 374-minute wait for Swansea's first Premier League goal.
West Brom could have been level soon after when Taylor's shocking back-pass went straight to Shane Long, but the striker snatched at the unexpected chance and ballooned it over the bar.
After waiting so long for a goal, Swansea had obviously discovered the knack and conjured a second from a corner.
Sinclair pulled away from his marker and flicked the ball to the back-post for Lita to head home his first Swansea goal, although the striker earned a booking for his shirtless celebrations.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The last time Swansea City scored a goal in the top flight was 28 years ago, when Bob Latchford struck in their 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on 7 May 1983
Lita was making his first start of the season after record signing Danny Graham's late withdrawal with a back problem, but has now staked a significant claim to the lone striker's role that Rodgers favours.
Long nearly made amends for his earlier miss with a fierce rising shot, but Swansea keeper Michael Vorm athletically tipped the ball away.
The home side survived one more moment of alarm before half-time when the ball struck Ashley Williams' arm as the Swansea centre-back slid in to block a cross, but referee Atkinson waved play on.
Baggies boss Roy Hodgson replaced Jerome Thomas and Youssouf Mulumbu with Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans for the second half.
But the changes made little difference as the visitors soon found themselves three behind.
Lita climbed above his marker to flick Vorm's long punt into the path of Dyer, who took the ball in his stride before shooting through Foster's legs.
West Brom at last managed to exert some extended pressure and Brunt thought he had pulled a goal back on the hour, but his header from Jonas Olsson's cross was ruled out for offside.
It then took a sensational save from Vorm to deny Dorrans, the Dutchman somehow getting a hand to a free-kick seemingly destined for the top corner.
Swansea's day was marred, however, when Odemwingie clattered into the back of Taylor as he chased a high ball.
The clash saw the stretcher, oxygen and a neck brace come out for Taylor, while the West Brom striker got a yellow card for his part.
There was a nine-minute delay while medical staff treated the stricken Wales left-back - who thankfully regained consciousness in the dressing room - who was replaced by Federico Bessone.
When play resumed Long almost grabbed a consolation for West Brom, only to again find Vorm in excellent form.
But Swansea finished the game on top, as they had been for most of the match, with midfielder Allen almost grabbing a late goal to cap his excellent performance.
- 01 Vorm
- 02 Williams
- 03 Taylor (Bessone - 85' )
- 16 Monk
- 22 Rangel
- 07 Britton
- 11 Sinclair
- 12 Dyer (Routledge - 71' )
- 24 Allen
- 27 Gower
- 18 Lita Booked (Moore - 71' )
- 25 Tremmel
- 20 Bessone
- 15 Routledge
- 29 Richards
- 31 Lucas
- 14 Dobbie
- 19 Moore
- 01 Foster
- 03 Olsson
- 20 Shorey
- 25 Dawson
- 07 Morrison
- 12 Reid
- 14 Thomas (Brunt - 46' Booked )
- 21 Mulumbu (Dorrans - 46' )
- 33 Scharner (Cox - 67' )
- 09 Long
- 24 Odemwingie Booked
- 13 Fulop
- 23 McAuley
- 28 Jones
- 11 Brunt
- 17 Dorrans
- 31 Cox
- 32 Fortune
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +8:25
Chris Brunt produces a cross.90:00 +7:38
Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.90:00 +2:39
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower played to the near post, James Morrison makes a clearance.90:00 +2:23
Mark Gower takes a shot. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.90:00 +1:14
Corner taken right-footed by Peter Odemwingie, clearance made by Ashley Williams.90:00 +1:00
James Morrison produces a cross, Shane Long takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.88:44
Centre by Chris Brunt.87:44
Foul by Luke Moore on Steven Reid, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.87:01
Inswinging corner taken by Graham Dorrans from the left by-line, Garry Monk makes a clearance.86:47
The ball is sent over by Peter Odemwingie, save by Michel Vorm.77:46
Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.77:46 Substitution
Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Federico Bessone coming on for Neil Taylor.77:46 Booking
Booking Booking for Peter Odemwingie.76:59
Neil Taylor fouled by Peter Odemwingie, the ref awards a free kick.75:54
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.75:39
James Morrison fouled by Angel Rangel, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Morrison.73:22
Graham Dorrans takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.70:01 Substitution
Substitution Leroy Lita leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Moore.70:01 Substitution
Substitution Wayne Routledge is brought on as a substitute for Nathan Dyer.
Substitution Simon Cox comes on in place of Paul Scharner.66:07
Peter Odemwingie produces a cross, clearance made by Scott Sinclair.65:42
James Morrison takes the inswinging corner, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.65:18
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, clearance by Ashley Williams.64:15
James Morrison takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Jonas Olsson has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.63:00
Joe Allen concedes a free kick for a foul on Graham Dorrans. Shot comes in from Graham Dorrans from the free kick, Michel Vorm makes a save.62:28
The ball is delivered by Shane Long, clearance by Garry Monk.59:13
Chris Brunt is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Vorm.57:19
Scott Sinclair fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.57:19 Booking
Booking Chris Brunt is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.57:13
Scott Sinclair fouled by Chris Brunt, the ref awards a free kick.55:05
Effort from just outside the box by Peter Odemwingie goes over the bar.53:46
Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Graham Dorrans results in a free kick. Neil Taylor takes the direct free kick.52:06
Steven Reid delivers the ball, clearance made by Ashley Williams.51:42
Steven Reid sends in a cross, clearance by Angel Rangel.51:34
The ball is delivered by Steven Reid, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.50:04
James Morrison produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.48:16
The assist for the goal came from Leroy Lita.48:16 Goal scored
Goal! - Nathan Dyer - Swansea 3 - 0 West Brom Nathan Dyer finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Swansea 3-0 West Brom.47:43
Paul Scharner challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Monk.46:01
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Monk.45:30
The ball is sent over by Peter Odemwingie.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Graham Dorrans is brought on as a substitute for Youssouf Mulumbu.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Chris Brunt is brought on as a substitute for Jerome Thomas.45:00 +2:13 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.42:53
Scott Sinclair produces a cross, Joe Allen takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Shorey.38:49
Steven Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.37:01
Corner taken right-footed by James Morrison, Craig Dawson takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.36:48
James Morrison takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.35:41
Neil Taylor crosses the ball.31:25
Corner taken right-footed by Peter Odemwingie, Michel Vorm fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michel Vorm.31:05
Shane Long takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.29:27
James Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.23:50 Booking
Booking Leroy Lita receives a caution.23:16
Scott Sinclair provided the assist for the goal.23:16 Goal scored
Goal! - Leroy Lita - Swansea 2 - 0 West Brom Leroy Lita finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Swansea 2-0 West Brom.22:53
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the right by-line to the near post.22:43
A cross is delivered by Nathan Dyer, blocked by Nicky Shorey.21:43
Shot on goal by Shane Long from just inside the area goes over the target.19:22
Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Mark Gower, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.17:13
The assistant referee signals for offside against Shane Long. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Williams.13:44
Joe Allen provided the assist for the goal.13:44 Goal scored
Goal! - Scott Sinclair - Swansea 1 - 0 West Brom Placed penalty scored by Scott Sinclair. Swansea 1-0 West Brom.12:51
Paul Scharner concedes a Penalty for a foul on Joe Allen.10:18
A cross is delivered by Neil Taylor, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.8:23
Joe Allen takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.8:17
The ball is swung over by Scott Sinclair.6:27
Effort from deep inside the area by Scott Sinclair misses to the left of the target.6:23
The ball is delivered by Neil Taylor.5:07
Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Leroy Lita. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.3:05
Neil Taylor crosses the ball, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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