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Swansea City 3-0 Cardiff City

Wayne Routledge for Swansea

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.

Garry Monk

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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.

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 boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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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."

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Davies
  • 7Britton
  • 4Chico
  • 6Williams
  • 12DyerSubstituted forTaylorat 88'minutes
  • 20De GuzmánSubstituted forCañasat 69'minutes
  • 10Bony
  • 57EmnesSubstituted forHernándezat 45'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 11Hernández
  • 14Lamah
  • 21Cañas
  • 25Tremmel
  • 54Ngog

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 35FabioSubstituted forMcNaughtonat 69'minutes
  • 42John
  • 8Medel
  • 4Caulker
  • 6Turner
  • 39Bellamy
  • 7Whittingham
  • 9JonesSubstituted forCampbellat 56'minutes
  • 13Kim Bo-kyung
  • 36ZahaSubstituted forMutchat 77'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 3, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Neil Taylor replaces Nathan Dyer.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

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.

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

Foul by Declan John (Cardiff City).

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.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Jordon Mutch replaces Wilfried Zaha.

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kevin McNaughton replaces Fabio.

Substitution

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

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ben Turner.

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

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

Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City).

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

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

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Fabio.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Declan John.

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

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Fraizer Campbell replaces Kenwyne Jones.

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

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

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

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

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

goal

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