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Played
November 23, 2013 6:00 PM EAT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 25258‎
 
64′ Scott Parker
Aaron Hughes 56′ (OG)
 
Top of the Match
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
Fulham
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
Fulham
Flop of the Match
Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov
Fulham
Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey
Swansea City

Fulham 1-2 Swansea: Shelvey piles pressure on Jol

The midfielder's late strike ensured that the floundering west Londoners have now failed to take a point from their previous four top-flight outings

By Peter Hanson

Jonjo Shelvey; Jonathan de Guzman Fulham v Swansea City - English Premier League 11232013
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Swansea City came away from Saturday's Premier League trip to Craven Cottage with all three points and ensured that the growing pressure on Fulham boss Martin Jol shows no sign of relieving.

A fortuitous Scott Parker effort just after the hour mark looked to have earned Fulham a 1-1 draw, but Shelvey weaved through the home defence and buried the ball into the top corner with 10 minutes left to end Swansea's three-game winless streak in the top flight.

The hosts created the better of the first-half openings with Darren Bent twice going close but fell behind to Aaron Hughes' own goal early in the second half.

They managed to draw level when Parker's cross-shot found the far corner, but they were consigned to a fourth straight league defeat by Shelvey's 20-yard drive.

After a lacklustre opening, Bent could have handed Fulham the advantage, first heading wide when unmarked at the far post before then rifling an effort against the woodwork.

Swansea improved in the second half, though, and found the breakthrough on 56 minutes when Hughes turned in Jonathan de Guzman's cross.

Fulham soon bounced back and restored parity nine minutes later with Parker's fortunate strike but Shelvey had the final say with his fine solo goal late on.

Bent and Bryan Ruiz were restored to Fulham's starting XI after the 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool last time out, while Michel Vorm returned from suspension for Swansea.

After a slow opening, the visitors began to settle and almost took the lead in the 25th minute when Roland Lamah's effort deflected off Hughes and nearly crept in with Maarten Stekelenburg wrong-footed.

Having seen off that danger, Fulham had a spell of pressure and should have gone in front soon after when Parker's perfectly weighted cross was met by Bent at the back post, only for the striker to head uncharacteristically wide.

And Swansea were once again let off the hook as Bent hit the woodwork just after the half-hour mark. The ball sat up perfectly for the striker on the right side of the box and his half-volley rebounded off the post.

But the hosts could have been punished for their profligacy three minutes before the break. Derek Boateng was caught in possession by Jose Canas, whose through-ball found Nathan Dyer only for the winger to shoot straight at Stekelenburg.

Swansea upped the tempo in the second half and took the lead 11 minutes after the interval. A quick free-kick led to De Guzman drilling in a low cross that was inadvertently bundled home by Hughes.

Their lead was short-lived, however, as a short corner was played to Parker and his attempted cross took a deflection and found the top corner after evading Canas on the line.

But Michael Laudrup's men were not to be denied and restored their advantage when Shelvey held off two challenges before firing into the top corner to earn Swansea their first league success since a 4-0 win over Sunderland on October 19.


Fulham

1
3.00
18
Aaron Hughes
Defender
56′ 63′
1.50
22
Elsad Zverotić
Defender
2.00
35
Amorebieta
Defender
2.50
8
Pajtim Kasami
Midfielder
30′
2.50
15
2.00
23
Derek Boateng
Midfielder
19′ 60′
2.00
28
Scott Parker
Midfielder
64′ 85′
4.00
9
1.50
11
Bryan Ruiz
Striker
64′ 77′
1.50
39
Darren Bent
Striker
2.00

Swansea City

3.00
1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
4.00
4
Chico
Defender
2.50
6
2.00
22
3.00
33
Ben Davies
Defender
72′
3.00
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
59′
3.00
20
1.50
21
2.50
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
92′
2.50
10
3.50
14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
80′ 86′

Substitutes

13
 - 
14
 - 
7
Steve Sidwell
Midfielder
60′
2.00
11
2.00
7
Adel Taarabt
Midfielder
85′
 - 
24
Ashkan Dejagah
Midfielder
 - 
45
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
25
 - 
2
Jordi Amat
Defender
 - 
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
 - 
21
 - 
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
3.00
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
59′ 80′
 - 
26
Álvaro
Striker
92′

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18 6
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