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23 August 2014
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: C. Pawson
• Attendance: 20565
N. Dyer 23'
My name's Ben Cullimore and it's been absolute pleasure describing the action to you this afternoon. Until next time, goodbye!
Swansea City's back-to-back victories have set them up perfectly for next Saturday's clash at home to West Bromwich Albion, whilst Burnley, who have lost both of their opening games of the season, now face a tough clash at home to Manchester United in the weekend's early kick-off.
Today's clash was a game of two halves, as Burnley bounced back from a first half in which they were second best to Swansea City throughout by bossing the second period and causing the hosts' defence a plethora of problems. However, the Swansea City back four remained strong and refused to give in, with Williams and Amat putting in particularly impressive performances. Despite not playing at their best in the last 45 minutes, Swansea City arguably deserve the victory, as Burnley were presented with a multitude of good chances to equalise but were unable to make any of them count.
FULL-TIME: SWANSEA CITY 1-0 BURNLEY
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Barnes chests the ball down, turns and volleys towards Fabianski but his shot is too powerful and it clears the crossbar, bringing an end to Burnley's chances of leaving the Liberty Stadium with a point.
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One last chance for Burnley. Shackell fires a long ball into the heart of the Swansea City penalty area that meets the head of Arfield, but he's only able to send the ball into the hands of Fabianski.
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Swansea City win a free-kick near the halfway line and, as expected, they take their time with the resulting set-piece, trying their hardest to waste as much time as possible as the full-time whistle fast approaches.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
It remains all Burnley at the moment as they search for an equaliser with little over two minutes left to play. They've played wonderfully throughout the second half but the Swansea City defence have matched them with fantastic strength and discipline from start to finish.
Burnley continue to try to carve out a chance down the right flank. This time, Trippier sends a great cross into the box that almost meets Barnes, but Williams sticks out a foot and just about makes contact with the ball at the last moment.
Yellow Card Gylfi Sigurdsson
Sigurdsson lunges in and commits a poor challenge on Shackell just inside the Burnley half of the pitch. The visitors take the resulting free-kick quickly and work the ball up towards Ings on the edge of the penalty area where he is seemingly brought down by Ki, but the referee ignores the protests from the Burnley players and fans and waves play on.
Swansea City have pushed as many bodies as possible back into their half of the pitch as Burnley try to score a last-minute equaliser, with Ki and Shelvey now almost playing as centre backs in the middle of a back six. Burnley are pushing hard but the hosts are refusing to be beaten.
Once again, Swansea City are awarded a free-kick not far away from the Burnley penalty area after a clash between Duff and Montero down the left flank. It's played short and eventually finds it's way to Ki on the edge of he box but his attempted volley flies just over the crossbar.
Yellow Card Michael Duff
Wallace commits a poor challenge on Routledge just outside the Burnley penalty area and the hosts are awarded a free-kick. Sigurdsson sends a deep cross towards the back post but it's cleared away from danger before the referee then awards a free-kick for Burnley after a scuffle in the box.
Ki sends a wonderful ball into the path of Routledge, who is completely unmarked on the right hand side of the Burnley penalty area. He has plenty of time to set himself up before crossing in towards Gomis but instead he decides to fire a pass in early and, as a result, the effort is poor and easily blocked by the Burnley defence.
Wallace steps up to take the resulting set-piece but he fires his effort into the wall. The ball bounces back into his path and he tries another shot on goal but, again, the wall of white shirts in front of him are there to keep the danger away from Fabianski.
Yellow Card Jonjo Shelvey
Ki loses possession in the middle of the Swansea City half of the pitch and Marney embarks on a marauding run forward, only to be stopped by a poor challenge by Shelvey 25 yards away from goal.
Burnley have arguably been the best side in the second half, particularly in the last 15 minutes, but no matter how hard they try they still can't find the back of the Swansea City net. The hosts are on thin ice at the moment.
Fingertip save by Fabianski! Ings muscles his way through the Swansea City defence before squaring the ball to Jones, who fires a great shot towards goal from just inside the penalty area. Fabianski just about gets a finger onto the ball to tip it round the post and just out of the reach of the fast-approaching Jutkiewicz.
Montero, just moments after coming on for Dyer, turns around Trippier and gallops down the left wing but is unable to control the ball properly and accidentally runs the ball out of play.
What a great chance for Burnley! Jutkiewicz is presented with a golden opportunity to equalise for the visitors but his headed effort misses the goal by mere inches. That was easily the best chance Burnley have had all day and the miss could prove costly.
Jutkiewicz and Williams clash near the halfway line, resulting in a free-kick for Burnley. They try to work their way patiently down the right flank but Neil Taylor cuts out the danger before sending the ball up towards Bony.
The tables have turned and it's now Burnley that are bossing possession in the Swansea City half of the pitch, but Williams and Amat are looking as strong as ever in the centre of defence.
Shelvey gives away an unnecessary free-kick by the corner flag on the left wing with a poor challenge on Matt Taylor. The resulting set-piece is whipped into the box where it meets the head of Bony but his clearance only goes as far as Marney, who tries to volley the ball into the back of the net but his effort is wild and it fails to trouble Fabianski.
Taylor sends a beautiful ball over the top of the Burnley defence and into the path of Routledge but the Englishman is just offside, bringing an end to another promising Swnasea City counter attack.
Burnley are enjoying a good spell of possession at the moment but are still finding it difficult to beat the Swansea City defence, who continue to cause Jutkiewicz and Ings a multitude of problems.
Arfield is presented with a wonderful chance to equalise for Burnley but he skies his shot from the edge of the penalty over the crossbar.
Great chance for Burnley! After nice play between the Burnley midfielders the ball ends up with Jutkiewicz by the far post. He sets himself up and goes to shoot but Williams throws his body in the way of the ball and sends it flying out for a corner.
Bony somehow finds himself onside and competely unmarked in front of goal, but he takes too long on the ball and is dispossessed at the last minute by Shackell.
Arfield brings down Taylor with a poor high challenge 30 yards out and Swansea City are awarded with a free-kick in a dangerous position. Sigurdsson decides to roll the back out to Shelvey who fires a rocket of a shot towards goal, but the Burnley wall stays strong and blocks the effort.
Swansea City have started the second half just as they finished the first; confident, stylish and full of flair.
And we're off once again!
The two sides are making their way back onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Can Burnley find a way back into the game or will Swansea City hold on to record back-to-back Premier League victories?
As for Burnley, Ings came closest to scoring for the visitors when his shot from the edge of the penalty area just cleared the crossbar, but apart from that they have struggled in Swansea City's half of the pitch and will have to do a lot of work in the second half if they are going to find a way back into this game.
Apart from five minutes or so of Burnley possession midway through the half, Swansea City have dominated this opening 45 minutes and are deservedly 1-0 ahead. The hosts always looked like they were going to go ahead first and have been wonderful in attack, with Dyer and Routledge being constant thorns in the side of the Burnley defence.
HALF-TIME: SWANSEA CITY 1-0 BURNLEY
The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
Another good chance for Swansea City to make it 2-0, as this time Bony finds himself in space on the edge of the penalty are and decides to shoot, but the effort is weak and it rolls across the ground and into the hands of Heaton.
Great chance for Sigurdsson after wonderful slow and patient build-up play by Swansea City! Dyer is able to send a cross into the centre of the box that Bony decides to head back into the path of Sigurdsson, but his volleyed effort is just a little bit too powerful and it clears the Burnley crossbar.
Swansea City seem happy to keep hold of possession and the one-goal lead as we enter the final five minutes of the first half. However, they are still finding so much space down the flanks.
Ki is caught napping in possession and almost has the ball stolen off him by Jones, but referee Craig Pawson deems the challenge a reckless one and awards Swansea City a free-kick. If he had decided to wave play on, Burnley would have been able to break away on a swift, and potentially dangerous, counter attack.
Burnley are looking slightly more dangerous in attack now. Arfield breaks into the Swansea City box and looks to set up Ings but he loses his footing before he is able to do so.
Matt Taylor and Marney try to embark on a move down the right flank but are stopped in their tracks by Shelvey, who dispossesses Matt Taylor near the corner flag before teeing up Neil Taylor to clear the ball up the pitch.
Once again, the pace of the game has slowed down somewhat after several minutes of Swansea City pressure. Burnley are slowly but surely trying to navigate their way into the hosts' penalty area but are having no luck whatsoever.
Arfield and Ki clash 30 yards out and Burnley are awarded with another free-kick in a promising position. It's whipped in towards the heart of the penalty area but Bony is back to help out his defence and he does so with a fantastic headed clearance.
Swansea City have been full of confidence since going ahead. Once again, they take advantage of the space down the left wing before Marney slides in to dispossess Routledge before he's able to send a cross into the box.
Arfield is brought down by Neil Taylor on the right wing and Burnley are awarded with a free-kick in a dangerous position. It's whipped in by Matt Taylor but it's far too deep and Fabianski is able to punch the ball away before the referee blows his whistle for a foul on the Swansea City goalkeeper.
Assist Gylfi Sigurdsson
Goal Nathan Dyer
GOAL! Swansea City get the first goal of the game and it's richly deserved. The space opened up for Dyer and he took advantage of it, galloping down the right flank before cutting into the box and slotting the ball past Heaton at the near post.
After 20 frantic minutes, the pace of the game has slowed down somewhat, with both teams now seemingly happy to take their time keeping possession in the middle of the pitch.
Dyer and Routledge are finding a lot of space down the right and left flanks, respectively, and their pace is causing Trippier and Mee a plethora of problems.
Shelvey sends a great long ball across the pitch that Routledge picks up down the left flank. He shows great skill and composure to bring the ball down and under control before sending a terrific cross into the path of Sigurdsson, but the Icelander's first time shot is low and easily saved by Heaton.
Ings has had a wonderful start to the game and has already been an important part of several Burnley attacking moves. This time, he twists and turns his way around two Swansea City defenders before swinging a dangerous cross into the box but it's just about cleared out for a corner by Taylor.
With the quarter-of-an-hour mark fast approaching, neither side are looking like they want to reduce the tempo of the game just yet. Both smell blood, and it wouldn't surprise me if we see a goal very soon.
Both sides are looking dangerous up front, with Burnley now firmly back in the game after a few worrying moments. After swift build-up play, Ings tries to send a low cross into the path of Jutkiewicz but Fabianski dives down low to grab the ball before it's able to find the Burnley striker. If it had found its way past the Swansea City goalkeeper, the ball surely would have been buried into the back of the net.
It's end-to-end stuff at the moment! This time, Sigurdsson breaks into the Burnley box before firing towards Heaton, but Duff's outstretched foot denies the Icelandic midfielder the opportunity to put his side 1-0 up.
Burnley push forward and find Ings on the edge of the Swansea City penalty area but his effort flies just over the crossbar.
Bony, yet again, is able to set up Routledge down the left wing, but this time Trippier is there to cut out the danger. The Burnley back four are finding it extremely difficult to deal with Swansea City's front line.
Fantastic football by Swansea City yet again! Bony, 10 yards inside his own half, evades two challenges before sending a long through-ball that meets a completely unmarked Routledge, but the Englishman is marginally offside.
Great chance for Swansea City! Shelvey wins the ball in the middle of the pitch and breaks away quickly before teeing up Routledge on the right hand side of the penalty area. He then whips in a lovely cross into the heart of the box that Bony meets with his head, but his effort is cleared off the line at the last moment.
Burnley have started the brighter of the two sides, taking advantage of a few gaps in the middle of the Swansea City midfield. However, they have yet to find a way past a resolute defensive line.
And we're off! Burnley, in their black away kit, get us underway, kicking from left to right.
The two sides are making their way onto the pitch. The atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium is fantastic, with both sets of fans in fine voice.
As expected, Garry Monk has made no changes to the Swansea City side that beat Manchester United 2-1 last weekend, whilst Sean Dyche has also decided to name an unchanged Burnley side after his players were so impressive in the opening stages against Chelsea on Monday evening.
Burnley substitutes: Gilks, Reid, Ward, Barnes, Wallace, Kightly, Sordell.
Burnley XI (4-4-1-1): Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Arfield, Marney, Jones, Taylor; Ings; Jutkiewicz.
Swansea City substitutes: Tremmel, Richards, Sheehan, Montero, Bartley, Tiendalli, Gomis.
Swansea City XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Rangel, Williams, Amat, Taylor; Ki, Shelvey; Dyer, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Bony.
There's just under 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let's have a look at how the two teams will be lining up today...
Today's two sides started the new season in completely different fashion, with Swansea City picking up a fantastic win away to Manchester United on the opening day, whilst Burnley struggled against an incredibly strong Chelsea side. Whilst Swansea City are by no means easy opponents, this afternoon's clash presents Burnley with their first real chance to properly show the Premier League what they are made of and what we can expect from the league's new boys over the next nine months.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today's Premier League clash between Swansea City and Burnley. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up-to-date with all of the action from the Liberty Stadium.
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