Garry Monk enjoyed south Wales derby success in his first game as Swansea manager as three second-half goals earned victory over Cardiff.

Wayne Routledge raced onto Pablo Hernandez's pass moments after half-time to break the deadlock, before creating Nathan Dyer's headed second.

Craig Bellamy struck the bar for Cardiff, but Wilfried Bony's header sealed the win.

Monk proud after debut derby win

The defeat leaves the Bluebirds three points adrift of Premier League safety.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has only one win in five league matches since succeeding Malky Mackay as Cardiff boss, will now target wins against Aston Villa and Hull if his side are to offer some fight against relegation in their debut Premier League season.

His opposite number Monk, 34, made a seamless transition to management, having been made Swansea boss this week after the controversial sacking of Michael Laudrup.

Only one league win in 11 outings ultimately ended Laudrup's 19-month reign as manager and Monk, still a registered player for the club, was appointed "for the foreseeable future".

His presence was felt, as after being blunt in defeat at West Ham last weekend, Swansea showed the competitive edge fitting of a side playing for a new manager.

Bluebirds not soaring

Cardiff have conceded at least two goals in eight of their last nine Premier League games and defeat means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lost four of his five league matches as manager.

Three points separated the sides ahead of kick-off and Swansea started brightly as Routledge shot straight at David Marshall before Bony made the Cardiff keeper save at his feet.

Cardiff looked to play on the counter-attack and Kenwyne Jones headed their first chance narrowly wide in a first half void of end product.

Shortly after the break, Routledge, who had a loan spell at Cardiff in 2008-09, surged into the area to curl a low shot into the corner after a superb pass by half-time substitute Hernandez.

The visitors looked to hit back straight away with Bellamy's smashed shot hitting the bar from the edge of the area. The miss, which would prove costly, was greeted with cheers almost as loud as those afforded to Routledge's opener.

Cardiff must bounce back quickly - Solskjaer

Monk, dressed in a tracksuit and hugging the boundaries of his technical area, encouraged his troops to press on and kill the game.

And it was not long before he was pumping the air in delight as the Swans scored twice in five minutes through headers from Dyer and Bony.

Dyer - one of the smallest players on the pitch - ghosted past his marker to connect with Routledge's hanging cross from six yards.

And Bony then powered home Hernandez's delivery to earn bragging rights for Swansea and breathing space above the Premier League relegation zone.

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

"We got into half time with a good performance in the first half. But then we gave away a poor goal. We had chances, we had a massive chance with a free kick just before they scored.

"You always go into these derby games with heart and the passion would always be there. Garry Monk got off to a great start and we have to respond on Tuesday.

"We stand together as a team. We tried but didn't get that quality we hoped for. The lads in the dressing room are devastated, which they should be because they have maybe lost the most important game of the year, but their character is great and they will bounce back."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 22 Rangel
  • 33 Davies
  • 07 Britton
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams
  • 12 Dyer (Taylor - 88' )
  • 20 De Guzmán (Cañas - 69' )
  • 10 Bony
  • 57 Emnes (Hernández - 45' Booked )
  • 15 Routledge

Substitutes

  • 02 Amat
  • 03 Taylor
  • 11 Hernández
  • 14 Lamah
  • 21 Cañas
  • 25 Tremmel
  • 54 Ngog

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 35 Fabio (McNaughton - 69' )
  • 42 John
  • 08 Medel
  • 04 Caulker
  • 06 Turner
  • 39 Bellamy
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 09 Jones (Campbell - 56' )
  • 13 Kim Bo-kyung
  • 36 Zaha (Mutch - 77' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 10 Campbell
  • 16 Noone
  • 18 Mutch
  • 25 McNaughton
  • 27 Torres Ruiz
  • 29 Daehli
  • 32 Lewis
Ref: Andre Marriner
Att: 20,402

Match Stats

Shots

17 7

On target

6 1

Corners

5 1

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Swansea City 3, Cardiff City 0.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Cardiff City 0.

90:00

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

90:00

Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Neil Taylor replaces Nathan Dyer.

87:04

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

85:24 Booking

Booking Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:19

Leon Britton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:19

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

84:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 3, Cardiff City 0. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a set piece situation.

83:15

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:15

Foul by Declan John (Cardiff City).

78:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 2, Cardiff City 0. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a cross.

78:01

Attempt missed. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

77:29 Booking

Booking Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:26

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

77:26

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Jordon Mutch replaces Wilfried Zaha.

75:02

Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

71:05

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

69:19

Offside, Cardiff City. Kim Bo-Kyung tries a through ball, but Kevin McNaughton is caught offside.

68:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kevin McNaughton replaces Fabio.

68:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. José Cañas replaces Jonathan De Guzmán.

66:20

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ben Turner.

66:18

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.

65:23

Attempt saved. Leon Britton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

64:39

Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City).

64:39

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:31

Attempt blocked. Chico (Swansea City) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross.

63:59

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Fabio.

63:30

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Declan John.

59:51

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:51

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

55:43

Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

55:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Fraizer Campbell replaces Kenwyne Jones.

54:09

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

54:09

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:44

Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

50:03

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

50:03

Gary Medel (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:02

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

48:02

Foul by Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City).

46:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 1, Cardiff City 0. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a through ball.

45:00

Second Half begins Swansea City 0, Cardiff City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Pablo Hernández replaces Marvin Emnes.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

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

45:00 +0:41

Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.

45:00 +0:36

Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

45:00 +0:12

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

45:00 +0:12

Foul by Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City).

43:27

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

41:29

Attempt missed. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.

40:32

Offside, Swansea City. Wayne Routledge tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

37:25

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Declan John.

35:27

Attempt saved. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

34:35

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Chico.

34:32

Attempt blocked. Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung.

34:28

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

34:28

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:25

Attempt blocked. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

23:39

Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Bellamy.

21:06

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

21:06

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:32

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

17:51

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

17:51

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

16:14

Attempt missed. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

15:11

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:11

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City).

13:00

Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Bellamy with a cross.

5:55

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán.

1:18

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

1:18

Foul by Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City).

0:41

Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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