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30 August 2014
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: P. Tierney
• Attendance: 20318
N. Dyer 2', 71'
W. Routledge 24'
West Bromwich Albion
West Brom’s recent away form is sketchy and it's easy to see why with performances like today. They were out-played by Swansea who shone with strong performances from Dyer and Sigurdsson in particular. Garry Monk's side have another win under their belt and their superb start to the season continues. West Brom had never won a Premier League game in August before today and they came no closer to getting it here. It finishes 3-0 to Swansea but could have been more.
90' + 3'
FULL TIME: And that's the whistle! Swansea have three goals and three points today in a convincing victory against West Brom.
90' + 1'
Gomis breaks forward down the right but, inside the box, can't get his shot away.
Three minutes of added time at the end of this half.
Sigurdsson fires the ball in from the set-piece but it's easy for West Brom who regain possession.
Swansea earn a free-kick in a good position in the West Brom half.
Super play from Montero to show strength and pace on the wings. He burst down the flank and held off his marker to fire in a cross.
Late change for Swansea now with Shelvey off for Carroll, on loan from Tottenham.
The corner comes to nothing and is cleared.
Better again from the visitors who see a shot fired on goal from Morrison. It was from distance but hit with great power and parried away for a corner.
That's more like it for West Brom who come close again. Berahino has the chance this time, curling an effort on goal that takes a deflection and drops just wide of the post and out for a corner.
Stoppage in play now with Fabianski down injured.
OFF THE BAR! Best chance of the game for West Brom and it's fell to substitute Sessegnon. He found the ball at his feet in the area and hit a powerful shot on goal but it crashed off the bar!
Another change here, this time for Swansea. Bony is the man who makes way as Gomis comes on in his place.
Yellow Card Ki Sung-Yueng
Irvine responds with his second change of the game as he brings on Morrison for Brunt in midfield.
Assist Gylfi Sigurdsson
Goal Nathan Dyer
GOAL! That's the game wrapped up for Swansea! Dyer has added his second of the game after racing through on goal and slotting his shot into the corner of the net. Sigurdsson provides the assist with a smart flick around Olsson, just off the half-way line.
CHANCE! Another counter-attack from Swansea nearly gives them their third goal of the game. Montero broke down the left after a ball from Sigurdsson and he looked to play in Bony who was rushing through on goal. But, from the edge of the area, he can't keep his shot down.
Substitution now for Swansea as Routledge comes off for Montero.
Bony drilled the free-kick, just off the penalty spot, but it crashed off a West Brom body on the line and was picked up by Foster at the second attempt.
Yellow Card Craig Gardner
What looked like a superb interception from Dawson is penalised by the referee. He got inbetween Bony with a flick and the ball is picked up by the keeper. The officials deem it as a back-pass.
The home side break again down the other end and a good passing move falls to Ki, looking to add to his first goal for the club this season. But his shot is drilled straight into the hands of Foster.
Rangel is caught in possession with Ideye and Berahino closing him down but the latter, who raced through on goal with the ball, fired in a tame shot from a tight angle.
A couple of consecutive throw-ins for Swansea now in their own half after some good pressure and closing down from West Brom, which was lacking in the first half.
The ball is swung in by Brunt towards the head of Olsson and, despite jumping above Williams, he heads wide of the post.
Amat covers in defence to put the ball out for a West Brom corner.
Swansea's wide players are causing all sorts of troubles today and Routledge is there again. With players forward, the ball falls to him inside the box and he tries to clip the ball over the keeper. Foster scrambles towards the ball to punch but doesn't do it convincingly and West Brom eventually clear through a defender.
Slight stoppage in play now with Ki down injured and receiving treatment.
Nearly a chance at the other end for Swansea after a quick break but Dyer's low-driven cross evades Bony inside the area - just.
PENALTY? That's the appeal from West Brom after a Mulumbu shot on the edge of the box hits Ki near his hand. There was little in it though with the midfielder turning away from the ball as he jumped. Play is waved on by the officials.
Gardner wastes the free-kick as it goes out for a corner and the resulting set-piece is punched away from Fabianski.
Irvine has made a much-needed change at the break with Sessegnon coming on for Dorrans.
Early chance for West Brom with a free-kick just outside the box.
We're back underway for the second half!
Both sides started this game undefeated but, with the score at 2-0, only one will remain that way come the end of the day. Swansea have been much the better side thus far and look comfortable with this lead. It could, though, be worse for the Baggies. A chance off the bar and a lack of possession means Irvine's side have yet to get a firm grip on this game. Just one shot on Fabianski's goal - courtesy of an isolated Ideye - means they need changes, and quick, if they are to fight their way back into this game.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: And that's the end of the first half!
45' + 1'
Swansea are still looking for further goals here at the end of this half and Shelvey is determined to score it. He drove through on goal and attempted a long-ranged effort which perhaps wasn't the best option, given the support he had. It trickled harmlessly wide of the keeper's goal.
Just a minute of added time to end this first half.
The ball is curled towards the front-post, flicked on with a header, but West Brom fail to clear again. It's nearly a case of deja-vu as the ball falls to Routledge on the edge of the area who swings his shot just over the box.
A clumsy challenge from Davidson on Dyer earns Swansea a free-kick in a strong position just outside the box.
An ambitious effort from Ideye is taken from the half-way line but, perhaps unsurprisingly, it falls well wide. Shelvey lost the ball in the middle of the park after a challenge from the Nigerian and, after spotting Fabianski off his line, he tried to lob him from distance.
Shelvey looks to break for Swansea but is tackled and forces a throw-in midway through the West Brom half.
First save for Fabianski in the Swansea goal but it was easy. Ideye, who has been isolated up top on his own, picked up the ball on the edge of the box, twisted one way then shot another. It was low and hard but straight at the former Arsenal keeper.
A less than convincing header from Davidson caused brief panic for West Brom but they've cleared their lines. He tried to intercept a cross-field pass to Dyer but headed behind, allowing the Swansea winger to attempt to race onto the loose ball.
A good tackle from Olsson in his own half starts a potential attack for the Baggies but a hopeful ball to Ideye is hit long and straight into the hands of the keeper.
Shelvey has seen a lot of the ball today for his side and could have created a third. He played in Sigurdsson through the middle but his tame effort was easily saved by Foster.
OFF THE BAR! It could have been three for Swansea. Bony is yet to get on the scoresheet but has found himself in all the right positions nonetheless. He made space inside the box as the ball was clipped towards his head, and, after a tussle with Olsson, the ball looped up and onto the bar.
West Brom are looking vulnerable here. They simply can't get close to any Swansea players and the home fans are enjoying it, cheering with every completed pass.
Yellow Card Graham Dorrans
Yellow card for Dorrans after a foul on Sigurdsson.
Goal Wayne Routledge
GOAL! What a spectacular strike! Swansea have doubled their lead through Wayne Routledge and what a way to do it! The home side were knocking on the door and after another error, this time a poor headed clearance from Dawson, the Swans have capitalised. It fell to Routledge on the edge of the box and he acrobatically volleyed the ball into the right-corner of the net.
West Brom have a lot to do in this game to claw themselves back into it but Irvine is looking to make a change from the bench.
Irvine's side are still looking susceptible to the counter-attack but are getting more players back in defence, at least. Ki was with the ball for the Swans but West Brom crowded him out.
The ball is whipped in but it's caught easily by Fabianski who comes out to claim. Olsson feels he was blocked off in the box but nothing is given.
It's taken quickly but Shelvey catches his opponent late and a free-kick is awarded to West Brom.
Better play from the visitors now who force a throw-in in a good position near the corner flag.
CHANCE! Good effort for Swansea on the counter-attack following that West Brom free-kick. Dyer broke away down the right and the ball eventually made its way to Shelvey. He floated in a cross from deep, towards the head of Bony, but the striker headed over.
Brunt takes the free-kick, curling a left-footed cross towards the far end of the penalty area but Swansea clear their lines.
A foul on Berahino in the Swansea half earns a free-kick for the visitors in a decent position.
Some good possession from Swansea again in the attacking area but Ki wastes the chance with a clipped ball that goes straight out for a goal-kick. It was intended for Angel Rangel on the overlap but he failed to continue his run into the box.
A Swansea attack falls to Bony midway through the West Brom half but the striker hits his shot, from distance, high over the bar.
West Brom find themselves back in possession of the ball and start an attack in the Swansea third. The ball is played up top to Ideye but the striker is easily pushed off the ball and dispossessed.
Shaky start for the visitors and they continue to be put under pressure from Swansea, who have held onto the ball since opening the scoring.
Assist Gylfi Sigurdsson
Goal Nathan Dyer
GOAL! Swansea have taken the lead and what a start! It's Nathan Dyer who has scored it after some fine link-up play with Gylfi Sigurdsson. He drove at the visitors and exchanged passes with his team-mate as he raced into the box. Jonas Olsson slipped inside the area and Dyer rounded the keeper to score.
And we're underway!
We're moments away from kick-off now with both sets of players out on the pitch! West Brom are getting us underway kicking from left to right.
Swansea shocked Louis van Gaal on his Manchester United debut by securing victory on the opening weekend and they’ve gone from strength to strength since. Narrow 1-0 victories over Burnley and Rotherham – the latter in the League Cup in midweek – leaves the Swans undefeated in the early stages of the season. Alan Irvine’s new-look West Brom are also undefeated, but three consecutive draws (albeit one resulting in a penalty-shootout win against Oxford earlier this week) means their run has been steady if unspectacular. They did claim victory in this fixture last season though, with a late 2-1 winner from Youssouf Mulumbu.
Let's take a look at the form guide today.
Alan Irvine makes alterations to his line-up for the first time in the league this season but they’re both exciting ones - for the visiting fans at least. Jason Davidson is handed his full Premier League debut and so too is Brown Ideye. The striker, a record-signing for the club, has a lot of hope resting on his shoulders with the club failing to find the back of the net on a regular basis last season. Saido Berahino and Stephane Sessègnon, both joint-top goalscorers, hit just five league goals each.
West Brom (4-2-3-1): Foster; Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Davidson; Gardner, Mulumbu; Berahino, Dorrans, Brunt; Ideye. Subs: Myhill, Gamboa, Sessegnon, McAuley, Morrison, Yacob, Baird.
And now over to the visitors, West Brom.
So Swansea, undefeated so far this season, remain unchanged from their previous two league fixtures as Garry Monk looks to build on their promising start to the season. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been in fine fettle for his new (or old) club thus far with a goal and two assists to his name so he is likely to play a vital role yet again today. Wilfried Bony leads the line on his own, as he has done with great success this year. Only Daniel Sturridge has scored more league goals than him in 2014 with 13 as opposed to the Swansea striker’s 12.
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Rangel, Amat, Williams, Taylor; Ki, Shelvey; Dyer, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Fernandez, Richards, Carroll, Montero, Gomis.
Let’s start things off with the team news – first up, the home side.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of Swansea City against West Bromwich Albion. You’ll be with me, Tom Davis, as we get set to enjoy more Premier League action.
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