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Fulham 1 Swansea City 2

By SWEP_DafP  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

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SWANSEA City held off a second-half revival from Fulham to claim a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage.

Goals from Danny Graham and Jonathan de Guzman had given Swansea a 2-0 lead, but a scrappy strike from Sascha Reither made it an uncomfortable second period for the visitors.

This was Swansea's first Premier League victory since triumphing 2-0 over Arsenal at the Emirates on December 1, while Fulham have won only once in their last 12 matches. 

Swansea made seven changes from their 0-0 Boxing Day draw at Reading and, although they started this game sloppily, their opening goal came after only 19 minutes.

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Nathan Dyer was the architect, playing a one-two with Angel Rangel before firing a low right-footed shot just inside the Fulham penalty area.

Home goalkeeper David Stockdale saved the winger's effort, but he palmed the ball only as far as Graham, who acrobatically volleyed in from eight yards.

Fulham had their chances to equalise, but Bryan Ruiz hit one free-kick over the bar and blazed a volley wide from the edge of the Swans' box.

The Costa Rican playmaker looked the likeliest of the Cottagers to cause the visitors problems, and he forced Gerhard Tremmel into a fine save with one curling effort from the edge of the area.

Michael Laudrup's men led 1-0 at half time, and it was Ruiz who again came close to ruining that advantage when his 20-yard free-kick drifted just wide of the post shortly after the restart.

Swansea made Fulham pay for their wastefulness as they capitalised on a defensive mishap to pull 2-0 clear.

Stockdale inadvertently cleared the ball straight at his captain Brede Hangeland, and the ball squirted to Pablo Hernandez. The Spain international then coolly squared the ball to de Guzman, and the midfielder showed even more composure to stroke the ball into the bottom corner.

The Swans' joy was short-lived as Fulham pulled a goal back in chaotic circumstances.

Dimitar Berbatov headed against the bar and, with the visitors unable to clear, Ruiz hit the ball at Reither – who seemed to be in an offside position – and it squirmed into the Swansea net from a yard.

The goal sparked Fulham into life, and Swansea had to withstand a long period of pressure.

Laudrup's side had chances to make sure of victory through Graham and Rangel, but they were content just to hold on for a narrow win.

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  • Hadoken84843  |  December 30 2012, 7:11PM

    Stunning game from Tremmel. Glad for him he is getting the attention he deserves, saw several well known pundits on the BBC talk highly of him. He really kept us in it where several others were not firing right.

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  • DanEGraig  |  December 30 2012, 4:10PM

    The Fulham match is the type of game you have dig in deep to win, where you need a strong squad with plenty of fight in them and players who can come good at the right time. So it was a really great, if somewhat lucky, professional result and leads us straight on to my New Years honours :- Best Michu award (formerly the best new comer award) : Michu, how many ways can you say brilliant ? Best Man of the Match award : Leon, as a lifetime achievement award. Best interview reply… BBC interviewer :"Well Michael how are you enjoying your football in England ?" ML : "Well actually, we are in Wales". Best pundit comment. Alan Green on Radio Five. "Those fans who go to the Liberty every week, I mean every couple of weeks, to watch Swansea City play, are really privileged". Best cynical comment Colin Murray Radio 5 - "Well Brendon thanks for taking a call on the way to Liverpool, I suppose your car must be a bit full with Leon Britton and all the others in it." Best Comeback award : Gary Monk strong as ever at the back, and an eye for a goal. Best underated player award : Jonathan De Guzman, who has a habit of arriving under the radar and coolly slotting in a vital goal. Any other suggestions ?

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  • Lynbaz  |  December 30 2012, 12:32PM

    Terrible second half performance that could have cost us the game. Terrific effort from the defence, however, to repulse non stop Fulham attacks. And well done Danny Graham. Great to see him back in the goals and hope to see many more. Now we are just four wins from guaranteed safety. Hopefully after Villa that will be three. Take a bow Michael Laudrup and the players.

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  • Dante1983  |  December 30 2012, 5:50AM

    Danny Graham :D

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  • JerryLew  |  December 29 2012, 11:59PM

    Cant explain why but I always look at the gap with the drop zone clubs. We are 9th and doing great.Obviously well set for staying up Come on the Swans.

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  • Hadoken84843  |  December 29 2012, 7:19PM

    Abertawe, we are actually 12 off 40 and are on 28 with villa to go next week who are in a real mess and I dont even think the safety barrier will be 40 this year, more like mid 30s. Not worried about relegation and have not been since the end of October.

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  • abertawejack  |  December 29 2012, 6:24PM

    Well, I predicted six points through to the end of the year, from the festive activities and I'm more than chuffed as to where we are at the end of the half way stage. Swansea played fabulously yet again and on merit deserve where they are today. Very well done lads, now comes the hard work from here on in, we are now fifteen points short, for the privilege to stay in "The Premier league" for yet another year, which at the start of the season was indeed a mile stone for us. A wonderful achievement which you are quite rightly proud of, just as much as your loyal "Jack Army" fans are.All the very best for the NEW YEAR, let's make 2013 a memorable phrase for SWANSEA CITY FOOTBALL CLUB..C'mon u Swansssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss ............................................YEEHAA....................................................

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  • jackinthebox  |  December 29 2012, 6:18PM

    Great result. Why did ML say Villa wasn't coming to Swansea? They are here on 1st Jan. Has there ever been a better time to play a side that's conceded 15 goals in their last three PL games? It'll be nil-nil now I've said that !! Bring it on.

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  • perthswan_wa  |  December 29 2012, 5:41PM

    Sign of a great team effort whilst winning by not playing your best. Solid tactical changes by ML. Excellent for Graham and let's hope he is here to stay, and hopefully can develop a great striking partnership in the future with Michu. Well done again boys, bring on Villa! Go Swans.

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  • trncjack  |  December 29 2012, 5:26PM

    Not sure about that one, we won but they were all over us, we just did not get going , but we seem to be winning games on the break , still points are points no matter how we get them,roll on aston villa

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