Jonjo Shelvey came off the bench to secure Swansea's first win in six matches and leave Fulham in the Premier League relegation zone.

Captain Scott Parker notched his first goal for Fulham with a curling effort to cancel out Aaron Hughes's own goal.

But Shelvey netted the winner when he made space on the edge of the area late on and fired past Maarten Stekelenburg.

The defeat adds pressure on Fulham boss Martin Jol, with some fans calling for his sacking after the final whistle.

Defeat feels terrible - Jol

Hughes's own goal on 56 minutes summed up a frustrating opening to the season for Fulham and their manager Jol, who has been criticised for their poor position.

His side have now lost eight of their 12 league matches and the presence of recently-appointed head coach Rene Meulensteen alongside him in the dugout could not improve the Cottagers's downward momentum.

Despite their opponents lowly form, Swansea came into the fixture just two points better off in what has been their worst start to a season in the top flight.

Without the influence of Spaniards Michu and Pablo Hernandez, the Welsh side could only draw 3-3 at home with Stoke in their last outing, but Shelvey's solo strike brought to an end what their manager Michael Laudrup had called a "difficult time".

The former Liverpool player weaved an opening with 10 minutes remaining and lifted the ball into the top corner from 18 yards to give his side the points at the end of an entertaining second-half.

The man he replaced, Nathan Dyer, had the Swans' best opening of the first period, but smashed against the legs of Stekelenburg from a narrow angle in added time.

A Roland Lamah deflected effort had rooted the Dutch keeper to the spot earlier in the game, only for the ball to roll wide, but it was Fulham's Darren Bent who missed the half's golden chance.

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He volleyed against the post from the centre of the area after pouncing on a long ball and when Hughes bundled De Guzman's cross into his own net on 56 minutes, Bent's error was compounded.

Fulham have now conceded the first goal in nine of their 12 league fixtures, but Parker, who was captain for the first time, lead the response.

His curler from 18 yards may well have been meant as a cross, but his first goal since joining from Tottenham looked significant going into the last quarter.

Stekelenburg denied Wilfried Bony with a smart low save as the visitors, typically confident in possession, looked most likely to net the winner.

And Shelvey, introduced on the hour, made the difference with a quality strike before almost adding a third late on when he rounded Stekelenburg, only for Steve Sidwell to make a last-ditch tackle.

Fulham rallied, but could not trouble Michel Vorm and have now scored just once on their last seven home league games at Craven Cottage.

Fulham manager Martin Jol:

"Darren Bent could have scored a hat-trick and we should have been up but it didn't happen and the own goal we scored was tough on us as we could have been up at half-time.

Swansea stuck to their guns - Laudrup

"If you don't score, you can't win games. They had players missing and we had the chance to beat them. You have to take the opportunities in this league and we didn't.

"All the hard work we've done in the last two weeks we haven't built on today. I want the fans to realise that Swansea are a good team and we were unfortunate. A win would have put us above them and it was close."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:

"Another win away is always difficult wherever you play and especially this time. It was so important for us today. Apart from that though we played very well and I think it was well deserved.

"In difficult moments, it is important to get points and we kept our way of playing. It's not always easy when you have added pressure so I have to congratulate the team.

"We scored good goals and we had chances for more but even without looking through biased eyes, we deserved it."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Fulham

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 22 Zverotic
  • 15 Richardson
  • 23 Boateng Booked (Sidwell - 60' )
  • 18 Hughes Booked
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 08 Kasami Booked
  • 28 Parker (Taarabt - 86' )
  • 39 Bent
  • 09 Berbatov
  • 10 Ruiz (Kacaniklic - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Senderos
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 13 Stockdale
  • 19 Taarabt
  • 24 Dejagah
  • 45 Dembele

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 22 Rangel
  • 33 Davies Booked
  • 21 Cañas
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams
  • 12 Dyer (Shelvey - 59' )
  • 20 De Guzmán
  • 10 Bony
  • 24 Pozuelo (Alvaro - 93' )
  • 14 Lamah (Tiendalli - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Amat
  • 03 Taylor
  • 07 Britton
  • 08 Shelvey
  • 19 Tiendalli
  • 25 Tremmel
  • 26 Alvaro
Ref: Andre Marriner
Att: 25,258

Match Stats

Shots

9 21

On target

3 5

Corners

8 8

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fulham 1, Swansea City 2.

90:00 +4:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Swansea City 2.

90:00 +4:17

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:17

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

90:00 +3:41

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

90:00 +2:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Álvaro replaces Álex Pozuelo.

90:00 +1:48

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

90:00 +1:48

Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).

90:00 +1:11

Attempt saved. Darren Bent (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elsad Zverotic with a cross.

89:25

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:25

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

88:36

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chico.

88:16

Foul by José Cañas (Swansea City).

88:16

Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Dwight Tiendalli replaces Roland Lamah.

85:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Adel Taarabt replaces Scott Parker.

84:20

Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.

79:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 1, Swansea City 2. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Roland Lamah.

78:20

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

76:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Bryan Ruiz.

75:25

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

71:04 Booking

Booking Ben Davies (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:59

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

70:59

Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:49

Attempt blocked. Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:35

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.

68:30

Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:30

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

68:04

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

66:47

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:15

Delay in match Scott Parker (Fulham) because of an injury.

65:44

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roland Lamah.

63:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 1, Swansea City 1. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz following a corner.

62:48

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

61:46 Booking

Booking Aaron Hughes (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:40

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:40

Foul by Aaron Hughes (Fulham).

59:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Steve Sidwell replaces Derek Boateng.

58:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Nathan Dyer.

58:21

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

58:19

Attempt blocked. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.

57:38

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

55:18 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Aaron Hughes, Fulham. Fulham 0, Swansea City 1.

54:56

Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:56

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

54:36

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

53:45

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.

52:32

Attempt saved. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

49:18

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

49:18

Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:12

Attempt missed. Roland Lamah (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Davies.

46:40

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross.

45:47

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

45:00

Second Half begins Fulham 0, Swansea City 0.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fulham 0, Swansea City 0.

45:00 +0:32

Foul by Roland Lamah (Swansea City).

45:00 +0:32

Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:28

Attempt saved. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.

41:37

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.

39:14

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

39:14

Derek Boateng (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:44

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Bryan Ruiz.

38:16

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

38:12

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross.

36:43

Attempt missed. Roland Lamah (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

34:49

Offside, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

33:12

Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.

32:45

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

32:43

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.

31:31

Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Roland Lamah with a cross.

30:58

Darren Bent (Fulham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

29:02 Booking

Booking Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

28:51

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:51

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

27:08

Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Parker.

25:16

Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:16

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

24:34

Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross following a corner.

24:06

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

24:04

Attempt blocked. Roland Lamah (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán.

22:34

Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:34

Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).

18:40 Booking

Booking Derek Boateng (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18:34

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:34

Foul by Derek Boateng (Fulham).

14:46

Foul by Roland Lamah (Swansea City).

14:46

Derek Boateng (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:32

Attempt missed. Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

13:08

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Wilfried Bony.

12:47

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Davies.

12:06

Hand ball by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).

10:29

Attempt blocked. Roland Lamah (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies.

10:25

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.

9:48

Attempt saved. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami.

7:01

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

6:59

Attempt blocked. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:55

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

5:55

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:07

Offside, Fulham. Scott Parker tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.

3:06

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by José Cañas.

2:48

Derek Boateng (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:48

Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).

2:04

Hand ball by Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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