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Swans beat West Brom

By Sport_Steve  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

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SWANSEA City extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a stylish 3-1 win against West Bromwich Albion at the Liberty.

Michael Laudrup's side streaked into a three goal lead inside the opening 39 minutes as they produced some of their best football of the season.

Wayne Routledge, starting in an unaccustomed central position, was key to Swansea's success, while Pablo Hernandez also shone.

Routledge grabbed two goals, the first of which found the net when Jonas Olsson kicked the ball into him on 12 minutes following a Hernandez cross.

The former Newcastle winger netted again six minutes before the break, turning in Ben Davies's driven centre.

Both of those strikes came after Michu opened the scoring with just nine minutes on the clock.

He scored his ninth goal of the campaign by converting Hernandez's pull back after Nathan Dyer had picked out Swansea's record signing.

Romelu Lukaku handed West Brom a lifeline before the interval, sweeping home from a corner deep into stoppage time.

The Baggies pressed hard at the second half as they searched for a way back into the game.

Lukaku had an early chance but Swansea comfortably held on to claim the three points.

For a full report see Thursday's Evening Post.

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  • KP287  |  November 29 2012, 9:26PM

    Great game awsome display 1st half and overall, but what stood out for me watching MOTD was the contrast in post match interviews, Laudrup was his humble genial self congratulating his players. Brendan Rogers on the other hand has turned into a whinging pratt, the world is against him, his players are outstanding even when useless. Looks like he had lessons from the Alex Fergusson school of whine. Don`t recognise this person as the ex manager of Swansea, he`s even started waving his arms around on the touchline!! Lets` rub it in and pull further away from Liverpool, good luck Brendan you will need it!!

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  • cyril392  |  November 29 2012, 5:21PM

    Yes fair points Philosraptor. Hansen and Lawrenson have done it at the highest level, and they do know what they're talking about. If you'd heard the 5Live broadcast last night though, the tone in Lawrenson's voice was Sooooo sheepish (no pun intended).....like he'd got it/us quite wrong.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  November 29 2012, 3:54PM

    My apologies, you were talking about Lawrenson, but again... the same applies for him. He is the one who orgasms over the "triangles".... remember?

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  • Philosoraptor  |  November 29 2012, 3:53PM

    Cyril, Hansen has been very positive in his views of the style of football play ever since the entered the Premier League. His Liverpool team played a similar game, they were all about passing when he was playing in the Liverpool defence. Sure, he has criticised Swansea at time but at the same time we criticised our team as well. One example was conceding the winning positions we had against Wolves last season, yes, Hansen criticised our defence and for the 2-2 game said positioning was amateurish... which is what alot of Swans fans noted before Hansen's comments on Match of the Day later that night. When the Swans play well and he is chosen to review the match highlights, he generally has a little grin on his face, probably because it reminds him of the epic game his Liverpool team produced against Nottingham Forest where they amassed in excess of 600 passes. He is not highly critical of Swansea, and does not like to rub in a bad performance, he will outline flaws in every team where they exist. There were many moments last season that left me feeling like a boy on Christmas morning because TWO European Cup winners were praising our club, Hansen and Lawrenson.

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  • cyril392  |  November 29 2012, 1:10PM

    It was simply a privilege to witness the Swans' first-half display, which would have been perfect but for the WBA goal which was scored more than 30 seconds after added time was completed - we have the referees' illness of Clive Thomas Syndrome to thank for that! The football the lads played was nothing short of breath-taking. Not only did Alan Hansen say how well we played; but Mark Lawrenson, not generally a fan of the "beautiful" game that has been cultivated at the Liberty (his biggest complement last season: "Swansea are better than Blackpool"), could be heard giving us muffled credit on Radio 5 Live - muffled because he was in the middle of eating his hat! Mind you, long may pundits like Lawrensen pay little more than lip service to the Swans. Staying under the radar at this stage of the season can be advantageous as it doesn't always pay to be the centre of attention, no matter how much the club may deserve it. Let them continue to talk endlessly about Chelsea's latest 0-0 draw, Man Utd's 1-0 "thrashing" of West Ham, blah, blah. I understand there was a bit of a queue outside the ticket office after the game for refunds; but the queue was made up entirely of Baggies fans. Favourite Swans song of the night: after West Brom scored, to the tune of "Blue Moon" - "Gone home, we thought you'd all gone home, etc, etc" Possible cloud on the horizon - Hernandez has a muscle strain, so looking doubtful for Saturday. Routledge also seemed to be having some sort of problem at the end, but don't know if this is something or nothing. Simply the best. Congratulations to everyone involved (including us, the fans).

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  November 29 2012, 11:00AM

    Couldn't believe the result and have never seen ML with such a big smile on his face for his teams performance, unbelievable. Even Hansen admitted the football was fantastic, missed the rest of MoTD, I was in A&E! Fantastic, feet on the ground now, ****ache is making noises about how tired his team are.

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  • abertawejack  |  November 29 2012, 9:31AM

    I had my doubts on this game, seeing as I've watched WBA's passed game play and results, I would have been quite happy to see a draw, I or for that matter any; avid Swans supporter didn't expect our team to be ...well such Professionals: I was gob smacked with a kipper, ecstatic and in awe, all at the same time; Not only were we up to them we were unbelievably streets ahead, coldly ruthless in the first half, yet professionally defencive. After this performance we are now indeed a threat to all teams. WBA were systematically taken apart. Bring on Arsenal here we go. C'mon u SWANSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS....YEEHAA.

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  • C.Lion  |  November 29 2012, 9:10AM

    The Price of Denmark is the new Prince of Wales :)

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  • mabl9  |  November 29 2012, 1:13AM

    Football is indeed a beautiful game especially how the Swans played in the first half. Had a seat in the North Stand for this one and hell three goals in flash. The inter passing, the awarness of the players. Wow! Looking back a goal for West Brom in the last seconds of the first half was a help - it helped no doubt to focus the mind and not to be complacent. The second half was a professional assured perfomance. I am on a high!!

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  • tannkerboy  |  November 29 2012, 12:02AM


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