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West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
15 March 2014
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 20703
R. Lamah 2'
West Bromwich Albion
S. Sessègnon 52'
Y. Mulumbu 85'
That's your lot from me today folks. I can certainly say I wasn' expecting that from West Brom, they looked down and out, but surprised us all with a fantastic second half performance. Until next time...
Garry Monk has a lot of work on his hands if he is to save Swansea's season after today's display. They looked good for the win at half time, barely being troubled by their opponents, but the second half was a different story and they completely collapsed.
Sessegnon got the Baggies' comeback up and running with a cracking hit, but it was his all round play in the second half that inspired West Brom to change their fortunes. Swtiching to a more advanced role, he was a constant threat to Swansea's defence and got what he deserved with his wonderful goal.
Well, well, well. West Brom have shocked everyone with a cracking comeback against Swansea here. After their first half display you would have expected Swansea to go on and win handsomly, but Mel was having none of that.
90' + 3'
Swansea have lost just one of their last 30 games in which they've gone in front, funnily enough that was a defeat to West Brom in March last year.
90' + 1'
Swansea still aren't budging from their passing style of play, even when trailing. Sometimes you just need to stick the ball in the box and take some risks, at the moment they're going to pass the game out when they're losing!
West Brom look dangerous on the break now as Swansea go in search of a much needed equaliser. Michu has barely had a touch since coming on, I know he's been out for a while, but he's been really disappointing today.
One last throw of the dice by Monk who sends on the towering figure of Marvin Emnes to replace Britton. Can the Swans give us one last bit of drama here, or is it game over for the Welsh side?
Goal Y. Mulumbu
GOAL! Youssouf Mulumbu with a cracking effort! What a turn around by West Brom here. A good move, started by Thievy and ending with Mulumbu driving forward as Swansea stand off the midfielder sees his opportunity and passes the ball into the back of the net from 20-yards out.
Thievy has really made a difference for Mel's side since coming on. It looked like they'd used all their energy getting back into the game, but the sbustitute has made all the difference and given them new life.
West Brom get another chance to put the ball into the Swansea box as Reid hovers over a dead ball. He lumps the ball up the field only for everyone to miss it and Vorm to gather easily. That's happened far too often this afternoon.
Nice flowing move by West Brom and Thievy is straight in the thick of it. A good exchange betwee himself and Morrison, before the January signing sees the run of Ridgewell, but the defender can't bring the ball under control and misses a good chance to find a winner.
Neither side look like they want to grab all three points here now. West Brom, although surely delighted to be in the game still, have sat back in the last few minutes and letting Swansea come at them. Swansea, however, don't seem to want to.
Lamah is on the wrong end of a rough challenge and hits the deck for what seems like an age, that long he looks like he's sunbathing ont he pitch. He holds his back and is eventually brought off after putting in a good shift for the Swans today.
Nearly a hero to zero moment for Foster there. De Guzman whips in a dangerous cross from a dead ball situation, and Foster comes to punch but gets nowhere near the ball. He does manage to push the ball away from Michu as he hits the deck, though and the Baggies clear.
Swansea create a chance of their own - and it's a good chance! Bony slips in De Guzman who again finds himself in the opposition box, but his drilled effort is saved expertly by Foster who has made a few decent saves now.
Swansea looking to calm it all down here now. It's all got a bit hectic for their iking and West Brom are creating too many chances for a side playing without confidence.
Anichebe's hold-up play has been much better in the second half. This time he's given the ball about 25-yards out and has no-one to help him, so he backs in and backs in to Williams, before turning and hitting a sweet effort that just goes wide of the goal.
Great play again by West Brom and a cross from Sessegnon finds Reid at the back post who rifles in a shot that is miraculously blocked before bouncing clear. Really see a winner in this game.
Here he is. It's the moment Swansea fans have been waiting all season for and they give Michu a massive reception as he replaces Jose Canas with half an hour to go. Can he give them something else to cheer about?
Massive penalty shout for Swansea! De Guzman swivels in the box and hits a volley that looks destined for the net, but McAuley sticks out an arm and it has to be a penalty! Atkinson waves away the protests, though.
Sessegnon playing like man possessed out there now, taking on Swansea players for fun and really making a difference. On his day he's a real match-winner, just a shame he can't play like this every week.
Swansea are struggling to implement their usual passing style here now due to West Brom pressing higher up the pitch. They're making it difficult for Swansea to get in their rhythm and if Monk doesn't have a 'plan b' then the away side could come out on top.
De Guzman tests Foster from 25-yards out, but the England international is equal to it and West brom can concentrate on taking the lead again. Wonderful turn around by Mel's side here.
Yellow Card Jonas Olsson
Assist James Morrison
Goal Stéphane Sessegnon
GOAL! Sessegnon with an absolute belter for the Baggies! A good move is broken up by Rangel, but the ball drops to the Benin international and he takes one touch before smashing one into the bottom corner. Game on.
Sessegnon has come out a different player since half time. He takes on two players before laying the ball off to Reid who whips in a great cross that Williams does well to clear.
A really positive start by West Brom, who get a corner and unleash a flurry of shots on the Swansea goal that are all blocked by the defensive wall that is Ashley Williams. Strong start by the Baggies, though.
Second half underway here at the Libery Stadium. What has Pepe Mel said to the lads at half time? It needed to be inspiring, otherwise he could be out of a job on Monday.
If the Baggies are to get anything from this game then Sessegnon must get forward more often and help out the isolated Anichebe. The striker has been petulant with his reactions to receiving no support, but to be fair to him, he is right.
West Brom on the other hand, have looked their usual dire self. A switch to 4-4-2 could see them create more chances in the second half, but so far they look like they're just here to make up the numbers. Pepe Mel will be raging in the dressing room.
Swansea have dominated the first half here at the Liberty Stadium. As expected they've controlled the play with their possession style and look a real threat from wide areas through the pace of Routldedge and Lamah.
A strong final few minutes for West Brom, who look to have switched to a 4-4-2 now - and it seems to be working. Ridgewell storms forward down the left and puts a decent cross in, but neither Anichebe nor Sessegnon can meet it. At least they're attacking now, though!
The resulting free kick is swung in by De Guzman and it looks destined to meet the head of Bony, but Reid makes up for his earlier mistakes and gets a vital touch to put it out for a corner.
Yellow Card Steven Reid
It's just not Reid's day. He was at fault for the goal and has made plenty of mistakes that have gone unpunished in the first half. This time he lashes out on Lamah and receives a caution for his troubles.
West Brom trying to play a higher line now, which would mean they get more men into dangerous areas, but surely also means they're going to be left more open at the back. With the pace of Lamah and Routledge, this could spell trouble for the Baggies.
They're still all over the shop at the back, though. Lamah finds himself in acres of space down the left and he puts in a low cross that misses everybody and finds De Guzman at the back post who can only steer his shot wide.
A little period of possession here for West Brom, they find themselves on the halfway knocking the ball about, but not really doing much with it. They're clearly missing the direct play of Brunt out there, who would have had plenty of attempts by now.
Anichebe has been shocking out there, both his temperament and technical performance. Every time he loses the ball he blames it on someone else when he should be inspiring his team-mates and asking them to help him out a little more.
It's too easy out there for Swansea. West Brom's players don't look like they understand Mel's instructions and they're all over the shop at the back. Surely it won't be long before Monk's men grab a second.
Yellow Card Wayne Routledge
That partnership down Swansea's right is at it again. Rangel feeds Routledge down the line, but the winger cuts in and sends a lovely ball into the box, looking for De Guzman in the six-yard-box, which the midfielder can't meet. Should have relaly gone for goal himself there.
Yellow Card Victor Anichebe
It's no surprise to see that West Brom have won seven tackles so far, compared to Swansea's three. The home side have had all the possession and have forced the Baggies to defend for much of he match so far.
The (relatively) big men come forward for a Swansea corner which De Guzman sends deep to the back post. Lamah rises highest to meet the cross, but he nods wide of Foster's goal. Good cahnce that.
Dorrans bursts forward for the away side, carrying the ball all of 40-yards to the edge of the Swansea box, but no-one is their to support him and he's dispossessed. West Brom need to push more men forward if they're going to get anything here.
Reid caught out again by Lamah as Swansea continue to press for a second goal. This time the Belgian winger cuts inside and fires in a shot to test Foster who can only parry before the ball is cleared.
Great play by Routledge and Rangel down the right and they spread it to Britton, who feeds it to Lamah down the left. The Belgian puts in a lovely ball that's met at the near post by Bony, but Foster is there to block. Cracking move by Swansea there.
There we go! A West Brom chance comes from nothing as Anichebe tests Vorm with a stinging shot from the edge of the box. Vorm is equal to it, but Swansea will be wary of Anichebe's presence now.
West Brom get a chance to put the ball in the box from a free kick on the halfway line. However, the ball is put into the mixer without any real thought and Williams rises to head clear. There's just no spark for the Baggies.
Swansea are really toying with the Baggies here. Pepe Mel's side have barely got out of their own half and have completed just ten passes in the opening 11 minutes.
Angel Rangel getting down the right to great effect, he links the play up so well for a full back and puts in a appetising cross that no-one is there to meet. Foster comes to claim.
Same old Swansea here today. Dominating the game and spraying their passes about the pitch in a lovely way. They often get criticised for holding sterile possession, but under Monk they look to have a little more about them going forward.
Dreadful start for West Brom and they can have no-one else to blame but themselves. They've barely touched the ball in the opening few minutes and didn't look awake at the back.
Assist Wilfried Bony
Goal Roland Lamah
GOOOOOAL! Roland Lamah grabs a classy goal on his first start of 2014. It all came from nothing really, a simple ball from Bony finds Lamah down the left and Reid is nowhere near him so he cuts inside and drills a shot into the far corner. Simple as that.
And we're up and running here at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea get us underway - who can make a big step to surviving this season?
Their key man this season has been their summer signing Wilfried Bony who has bagged nine goals during his first season in the Premier League. Remarkably, eight of those nine goals have come at the Liberty Stadium and this will be something that West Brom must take note of if they are to get anything from today's game.
Swansea have also had a realtively disappointing season so far, but their home form inparticular has picked up of late. They've take seven points from the last nine at home, conceding just one goal along the way.
West Brom have been absolutely woeful this season, winning just one of their last 18 matches in the Premier League - a 1-0 win against the ten men of Newcastle United.
Injuries and suspensions have dealt Pepe Mel ahead of this vital fixture against Swansea, which sees him make no less than four changes from the heavy defeat to Man United last weekend.
The big news for Swansea is that Michu returns to the squad after being missing for much of the season through injury. Despite not making the starting line-up, his return is a massive boost for the Swans who are still trying to secure Premier League safety.
Swansea subs: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Taylor, Hernandez, Emnes, Michu, Lita.
Swansea starting XI (4-3-3): Vorm; Rangel, Amat, Williams, Davies; Britton, Canas, de Guzman; Routledge, Lamah; Bony.
West Brom subs: Myhill, O’Neil, Vydra, Gera, Berahino, Sinclair, Thievy.
West Brom starting XI (5-4-1): Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Reid, Ridgewell; Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Sessegnon; Anichebe.
Firstly, I'll run you through the starting line-ups, then treat you to a few stats, and finally we'll get on to the big game itself. So sit back, relax, and let the goals roll in...
Good afternoon sports fans! I'm Kevin Blundell and I'll be taking you through Swansea vs West Brom, which can only be described as a relegation six-pointer considering how tight the Premier League is this season.
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