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Premier League

  • May 19, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 20365

Swansea City 0-3 Fulham: Visitors secure final day spoils

Swansea City 0-3 Fulham: Visitors secure final day spoils

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A resilient performance from the Cottagers and some clinical finishing was enough to earn a three-goal victory as they ended a run of five straight league defeats this season.

Swansea was left ruing missed chances after Fulham's forward line taught a lesson in finishing and earned the visitors a 3-0 victory on the final day of the Premier League season.

The fixture offered a lively opening 10 minutes, but it was midway through the first half when Alexander Kacaniklic opened the scoring for the visitors with his fourth goal of the season. Two goals late on from Dimitar Berbatov and second-half substitute Urby Emanuelson took their goal tally to three, despite spending much of the second period in their own half.

The game started brightly with both sides creating chances early on, yet it was Fulham – entering the game off the back of five straight league defeats – that took the lead through Kacaniklic after the midfielder found plenty of space to slot the ball home.

The Sweden international nearly doubled the lead after a fine through ball from Costa Rica international Bryan Ruiz allowed him to advance on Michel Vorm once more only to see his shot clip the post, while Nathan Dyer fizzed a long-range drive inches over the bar just moments later.

Swansea was left frustrated by its opponents’ disciplined first-half performance, and Jol's team held a deserved lead entering the second half.

The League Cup winner was offered the chance to level early through Chico, but the Spanish defender couldn't make a clean connection with the ball when it suddenly fell to him from a corner.

Fulham was again on the back foot and Pablo Hernandez – who was an ever-present feature in the home side’s attacking moves – was denied goals in consecutive attacks when Mark Schwarzer prevailed in a one-on-one opportunity and then saw a curled shot from the edge of the area dip wide of the post.

The home side was made to pay for the numerous chances squandered in front of goal when Berbatov rounded the keeper and dispatched the second in clinical fashion.

With just a minute remaining on the clock, substitute Emanuelson was gifted an easy opportunity with a rebounded effort to notch his first goal for the club on his final appearance, in a win that saw the visitors claim their first-ever victory against Swansea in the Premier League.

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