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March 29, 2014
• 11:00 AM
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 20371
J. de Guzmán 30', 38'
W. Routledge 75'
Swansea will look to make it back-to-back wins when they travel to Hull next weekend while Norwich will hope to bounce back and ease their relegation fears at home to fellow strugglers West Brom. That's all from me on this live commentary. Until next time, goodbye.
FT: Swansea 3-0 Norwich. Garry Monk earns just his second win as Swansea boss as goals from Jonathan De Guzman (2) and Wayne Routledge give the Welsh side a deserved three points. Norwich looked a shadow of the dogged side which defeated Sunderland last weekend and they simply could not cope with Swansea's aggressive pressing and quick passing. Swansea leapfrog their opponents in the Premier League table but both sides know that they need a few more wins in their remaining games to consolidate their Premier League status.
90' + 1'
There were some euphoric celebrations after Norwich's win against Sunderland last week but I imagine their fans will be rather disgruntled this evening after today's lacklustre display. Norwich's search for their first back-to-back wins this season continues.
You can sense the confidence flowing through this Swansea team now and Chico goes close to scoring a rare goal as he marauds forward from defence before Vazquez's low cross just evades him in the box. That would have been the icing on the cake.
Wilfried Bony receives a standing ovation from the Swansea fans as he is replaced by Vazquez. The Ivorian may not have been on the scoresheet today but he has terrorised the Norwich defence with his power and skill.
This game is beginning to fizzle out in the closing stages and Johnson epitomises the Norwich frustration as he becomes embroiled in a tussle with Routledge.
That third goal has crushed Norwich spirits and it seems their players just want this game to finish now. The Canaries have scored against Swansea in all five of their previous Premier League meetings, can they find a late consolation?
SO CLOSE TO 4-0! Bony's hold-up play has been terrific today and he once again holds off his marker before playing Routledge in down the left with a superb backheel. The winger fizzes a teasing low ball across the goalmouth and it takes two ricochets before clipping the outside of the post and going behind for a corner. Bassong looks extremely relieved not to have put that in his own net.
Norwich can have no complaints over this score line today as they have been second best and have hardly tested Vorm in the Swansea goal. It seems as though their miserable away form will continue here and they are not safe of relegation just yet.
Jonathan De Guzmán
There will be no hat trick for De Guzman today as he is replaced by Dyer for the final 14 minutes. It's been an impressive performance from the Dutchman.
Assist Jonjo Shelvey
Goal Wayne Routledge
ROUTLEDGE MAKES IT 3-0! The winger wraps up the three points for Swansea and their first home victory in almost two months as he races onto Shelvey's clever reverse pass before firing a left-footed effort through Bassong's legs and into the bottom corner. Garry Monk is jubilant on the touchline.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Michu has showed encouraging signs on his comeback from injury but he will not last the 90 minutes as he is replaced by Hernandez. Norwich react with their final change as Hooper replaces van Wolfswinkel.
Johnson and Michu have clashed several times in this second half and the Spanish attacker is furious when the Norwich man catches him on the achilles. Shelvey steps up to take the resulting free kick but his effort curls narrowly over the bar.
BENNETT TO THE RESCUE! Rangel's neat nutmeg on Johnson allows him to play a one-two with Britton and he delivers a low cross into the box which Bony meets, only to see his shot well blocked by Bennett. The Ivorian has enjoyed a fine debut season in English football, can he find the net again today?
Gutierrez's sloppy error sets up a counter attack for Swansea but Bony is denied a shot on goal as his bulldozing run is halted by Bennett's well-timed challenge. The mild-mannered Chris Hughton vents his frustration on the touchline as his side continue to concede possession all too easily.
ELMANDER DENIED! Norwich look a transformed side in this second period and they go close to pulling one back when Snodgrass picks out Elmander in the box. However, Vorm reacts quickly to fling himself in front of the Swede's shot, keeping his clean sheet intact as it instinctively rebounds off his forehead.
Norwich are upping the tempo now but their willingness to get forward is leaving them more exposed at the back. Williams blocks Johnson's low piledriver to spring a Swansea counter attack but Bony balloons the ball into row z after he is teed up by De Guzman.
Yellow Card Ángel Rangel
Tempers are beginning to boil over a little now and Rangel becomes the first Swansea player to be cautioned after he trips Olsson. Snodgrass whips a teasing free kick into the box but Swansea head the ball clear.
All of De Guzman's last seven league goals have come at the Liberty Stadium and he goes close to scoring his hat trick, only to see his low effort well blocked by Martin.
Yellow Card Alexander Tettey
Tettey has struggled in the Norwich midfield today and he joins Johnson in the book after a cynical scythe on Routledge, denying a Swansea counter attack. The tackles are flying in now.
Yellow Card Bradley Johnson
Bradley Johnson has injected some much-needed steel to the Norwich midfield but he picks up the first booking of the game after a late challenge on Shelvey.
Swansea have reacted well to Norwich's strong start to the second half and Garry Monk's side enjoy a sustained spell of possession around the opposition box. Are Swansea finally going to beat Norwich in the Premier League?
SHELVEY GOES CLOSE! De Guzman is hunting his first hat trick in English football but he unselfishly lays the ball off to Shelvey on the edge of the box who sends a skidding low effort narrowly past the post.
Bony continues to terrorise the Norwich defence with his strength and he muscles Tettey off the ball before seeing his low drive well held by Ruddy. The next goal is crucial.
Whatever Chris Hughton said to his players at half-time, it has worked. Norwich are on the front foot at the start of the second half and van Wolfswinkel goes close to scoring only his second goal of the season, only to see his header flash just wide.
WILLIAMS TO THE RESCUE! Norwich have made a superb start to the second half and Snodgrass goes within inches of pulling one back, only to see his fierce drive superbly cleared off the line by Williams. Brilliant defending from the Swansea skipper.
The two teams re-emerge from the tunnel for the second half and Norwich get the game back underway. Chris Hughton has addressed his side's torrid first-half display by introducing Bradley Johnson and Jonas Gutierrez in place of Wes Hoolahan and Jonny Howson.
HT: Swansea 2-0 Norwich. Jonathan De Guzman's first-half double gives Swansea a deserved two-goal cushion at the break. Garry Monk's side have dominated possession and it seems that their six-game winless run may finally be coming to an end. Big half-time team-talk ahead for Chris Hughton.
Norwich are lacking the doggedness which was so crucial to their victory over Sunderland last week and they simply cannot provide the service to van Wolfswinkel up front. Hughton is going to need to make several tactical adjustments if the Canaries are to salvage anything from this one.
Swansea are in firm control of this contest and Routledge looks to make it three when he twists beyond two Norwich defenders. However, he cannot sort out his feet at the critical moment and spurns the chance to get his shot away.
Norwich look to respond immediately and Martin gets forward from defence to meet Snodgrass' teasing cross. However, his cushioned volley is well held by Vorm. Chris Hughton will not be pleased with his side's first-half performance.
Assist Wilfried Bony
Goal Jonathan De Guzmán
DE GUZMAN SCORES AGAIN! It's a terrific team goal from Swansea as De Guzman plays a neat one-two with Bony, latching onto the Ivorian's perfectly-timed backheel and dinking the ball over the advancing Ruddy. Norwich simply cannot cope with Swansea's combative pressing at the moment.
Michu does his best Incredible Hulk impression as he reacts furiously to Howson's challenge. However, the referee decides not to brandish the yellow card.
Norwich simply cannot cope with Swansea's quick pressing game at the moment and Bony is beginning to cause the Canaries' defence problems with his strength and power. Chris Hughton will be hoping that his side can hold on until half-time when he can make some tactical adjustments.
Swansea have been good value for that opener and Garry Monk will be delighted that his team's attacking pressure has finally been rewarded. Can Norwich respond? The goal-shy van Wolfswinkel has hardly touched the ball up front.
Goal Jonathan De Guzmán
DE GUZMAN GIVES SWANSEA THE LEAD! It's a fine hit from the Dutchman as he seizes on a loose ball on the edge of the box before drilling a low left-footed effort beyond Ruddy's outstretched fingertips and into the bottom corner. You have to say, that goal was coming!
SO CLOSE FOR SWANSEA! Routledge and Michu combine superbly to send the England winger through on goal but his nudged effort is well parried by Ruddy. De Guzman hopes to follow up the rebound but Olsson reacts superbly to shuffle the ball behind for a corner.
NEARLY A NIGHTMARE FOR RUDDY! The Norwich goalkeeper bides his time when receiving a backpass and with Bony putting him under pressure, he loses his footing but just manages to hook the ball away from the onrushing Ivorian. That was close!
MICHU! The Spaniard goes within inches of opening the scoring as he slides in at the back post to meet Shelvey's cross, only to see his poked effort sneak agonisingly wide.
Swansea continue to probe patiently around the Norwich box and their combative pressing game is forcing their opponents into sloppy mistakes. Chris Hughton is looking rather agitated on the touchline.
That's much better from Norwich! The Canaries finally spring to life as Elmander escapes from Rangel with a neat turn before his teasing cross is sliced over the bar by Flores. Snodgrass then lofts an inviting cross towards the back post but there is no yellow shirt gambling to meet it.
Norwich are looking short of ideas in the opening 18 minutes here and Bennett's long punt forward goes straight through for Vorm to gather. Only Crystal Palace have scored fewer goals than Norwich in the Premier League this season.
The Norwich defence are beginning to look a little vulnerable now and Bassong nervously shuffles the ball behind for a corner under pressure from Routledge. Ruddy then flaps from the resulting set-piece but Norwich clear their lines and manage to survive.
Norwich are struggling to hold onto the ball at the moment and they continue to come under threat from this positive Swansea side. Shelvey has enjoyed a fine start in the midfield and he is the one looking to pull the strings early on.
The statistics show that Swansea have enjoyed 80% of the possession so far and they certainly have Norwich on the back foot here. However, the Canaries defenders continue to stand firm despite Bony and Michu both looking in the mood for goals.
Vorm has had his fair share of injury worries this season and the Netherlands shotstopper clutches his hip after colliding with his own teammate when collecting Snodgrass' teasing cross. It seems that he will be able to continue however.
CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Shelvey's incisive pass sends Rangel clear down the right and the Spaniard looks up before picking out Michu on the edge of the box. Michu attempts to slot his shot into the bottom corner but he can only drag his shot wide of the post. A rusty finish from the Spaniard.
Swansea look confident after their midweek draw at Arsenal and they are passing the ball around excellently in the early stages, pinning Norwich back into their own half. Can they find an early goal?
Swansea enjoy a sustained spell of pressure around the Norwich box but Rangel cannot pick out a white shirt with his cross into the middle. It's been a lively start at the Liberty Stadium.
Norwich win a free kick midway inside the Swansea half but Snodgrass' delivery is well headed clear by Bony. You can normally expect goals between these two sides and there have been four or more goals in four of the last five encounters.
The referee blows the his whistle and Swansea, led by Michu and Bony, get the game underway. Can they earn their first home league win in almost two months? Let's find out...
The two teams emerge from the tunnel to a great reception from both sets of fans. Captains Ashley Williams and Sebastian Bassong begin the handshakes between the respective sides. Today's referee is John Moss.
When these two sides met in the reverse fixture back in December, Gary Hooper's long-distance volley cancelled out Nathan Dyer's opener to earn Norwich a 1-1 draw. Chris Hughton's men have won on their last two visits to the Liberty Stadium and a third in a row today would inch them even closer to cementing their Premier League status next year. The Canaries are currently seven points off the relegation places, with Swansea two points worse off.
NORWICH (4-4-2): Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Hoolahan; Elmander, van Wolfswinkel.
SWANSEA (4-4-1-1): Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; de Guzman, Britton, Shelvey, Routledge; Michu; Bony.
NORWICH TEAM NEWS: Chris Hughton also makes just the one change as Joseph Yobo, who sustained a calf injury in training yesterday, is replaced in central defence by Ryan Bennett. Alexander Tettey continues in midfield after his stunning volley against Sunderland in midweek while Johan Elmander once again partners Ricky van Wolfswinkel up front.
SWANSEA TEAM NEWS: Garry Monk makes just one change to the side which snatched a dramatic late draw at Arsenal on Tuesday night as Ben Davies replaces Neil Taylor at left-back. Leon Britton makes his 400th league appearance for the club while Michu continues his comeback from injury, starting behind Wilfried Bony.
Garry Monk is still settling into life in the Swansea dugout and he has not enjoyed a victory since his opening match in charge - the South Wales derby. Swansea have not beaten Norwich in their previous five league meetings and you have to go back to April 2011 for the last time that the Swans tasted success over the Canaries, when Monk captained the side to a 3-0 Championship win.
Hello and welcome to this live commentary from the Liberty Stadium where both Swansea City and Norwich City look to ease their relegation fears. The Swans are without a win in their last six league games though they will be buoyed by their performance at Arsenal on Tuesday night where they battled bravely to salvage a late draw. The Canaries are also in good spirits heading into this one as they leapfrogged today's opponents in midweek to 14th place in the table after a 2-0 home victory against Sunderland. Chris Hughton's men are yet to lose to Swansea in the Premier League, can they keep that run going today?
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