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Played
October 20, 2012 3:00 PM BST
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 19696‎
 
67′ Michu
 
Top of the Match
Wayne Routledge
Wayne Routledge
Swansea City
Wayne Routledge
Wayne Routledge
Swansea City
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Iván Ramis
Iván Ramis
Wigan Athletic
Jonathan De Guzmán
Jonathan De Guzmán
Swansea City

Swansea City 2-1 Wigan: Hernandez & Michu strikes give Laudrup much-needed win

After a low-key first half, the game sprang into life in the second period as goals from the former Valencia man and the free-scoring Spaniard proved enough for the points

By Al Hain-Cole

Jonathan de Guzman,Jean Beausejour
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Swansea City secured their first win in five Premier League games thanks to a thrilling second-half performance against Wigan.

Goals from Pablo Hernandez and Michu proved to be enough for a win, despite a late surge by Roberto Martinez's men and Emmerson Boyce's strike.

The hosts started the first half like a team with a point to prove, but after their initial pressure came to nothing, Wigan were able to find themselves a foothold in the game.

Indeed, it was the Latics who had the fist real chance of the match, as the lively Arouna Kone helped Boyce's knock-down back across goal for Shaun Maloney, who hit his shot rather tamely into the grateful arms of Michel Vorm.

Michael Laudrup's choice to move Michu from his usual position in midfield to a lone striker role seemed to deny the Swans a goal-scoring dimension in their loaded midfield, with Jonathan de Guzman, Ki Sung-Yueng and Leon Britton failing to make telling runs into the Wigan box.

This meant that the home side's attackers were largely feeding off half-chances, and goal-machine Michu failed to hit the target with either a volley from the edge of the box or a header from a corner in the opening half hour.

Wigan seemed happy to soak up the pressure and hit the hosts on the counter, and again came close when Maloney found Jean Beausejour with a beautifully-weighted through ball, only for the Chilean winger to ignore Kone in the centre and blaze the ball over the bar from inside the box.

For all Swansea's energetic wing play, Michael they failed to really trouble the visitors' defence as the game petered out towards half-time.

Normal service was resumed after the break, with Swansea enjoying significant territorial dominance but unable to get too many bodies into the box.

Leon Britton got the crowd on their feet early on with a well-struck shot that went just wide of Al-Habsi's goal, and the midfielder was slightly unfortunate not to notch his first ever Premier League goal.

Swansea finally started to pile more players into the box, and were rewarded when Hernandez latched onto Wayne Routledge's pass in the penalty area before turning and firing in his first goal in English football.

The Liberty Stadium erupted, and fans barely had time to take their seats before the home team doubled their lead, as Michu grabbed his customary goal with a header from De Guzman's corner.

However, any hopes of coasting to victory were immediately dispelled as Wigan hit back straight away to halve the deficit.

A ball into the box was knocked down by the impressive Kone, and James McArthur's scuffed shot across goal was turned in acrobatically by Boyce with an audacious back-heeled volley.

Swansea were stunned, and it could have been worse moments later as Kone was controversially adjudged to be narrowly offside as he chested Beausejour's cross into the back of the net.

The game was blown wide open by that crazy five minutes, and there were chances at both ends as Wigan piled forwards in search of an equaliser and left themselves exposed to the counter attack.

However, the Swans did just enough to hold on for a valuable three points that will ease the pressure on Laudrup.


Swansea City

1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
2.50
4
Chico
Defender
2.50
6
Ashley Williams
Defender
2.50
22
Ángel Rangel
Defender
76′
2.50
33
Ben Davies
Defender
2.50
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
2.50
9
Michu
Midfielder
67′
3.50
11
Pablo Hernández
Midfielder
65′ 73′
3.00
15
Wayne Routledge
Midfielder
4.00
20
3.50
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder
85′
2.00

Wigan Athletic

2.50
26
Ali Al Habsi
Goalkeeper
2.50
5
2.00
17
1.50
21
Iván Ramis
Defender
2.00
3
2.00
16
James McCarthy
Midfielder
69′
2.00
16
James McArthur
Midfielder
83′
2.50
22
2.50
9
1.50
9
2.50
10
Shaun Maloney
Midfielder
90′

Substitutes

25
 - 
21
 - 
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
73′
2.50
30
2.50
9
 - 
8
Luke Moore
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
12
Mike Pollitt
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
David Jones
Midfielder
2.00
8
Ben Watson
Midfielder
70′
2.00
14
Jordi Gómez
Midfielder
83′ 94′
 - 
31
 - 
15
 - 
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Results
 
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0