The Swans break their Premier League goalscoring duck in a demolition of The Baggies at the Liberty Stadium, lifting themselves out of the relegation zone
Scott Sinclair, Leroy Lita and Nathan Dyer scored for the Swans, who recorded their first win in five Premier League games this season to move outside the relegation zone.
However, their joy was dented somewhat after what looked like a serious injury to Neil Taylor in the second half.
The game kicked off after a minute’s silence for the four Welsh miners who recently passed away, and Swansea started brightly, dominating the early possession. West Brom seemed content to sit back in the early exchanges and encourage Swansea to make all the attacking movement, but the Swans found themselves unable to create any early chances.
Swansea found itself with a glorious chance to open the scoring in the 13th minute as West Brom’s Paul Scharner brought down Joe Allen in the penalty area after he combined well with the lively Sinclair. Referee Martin Atkinson gave the spot-kick, and Sinclair stepped up coolly to convert from 12 yards to give the Swans an early lead and their first Premier League goal.
It was a deserved lead for Swansea after its bright start to the game, but after struggling to create any clear openings, West Brom was almost gifted an equalizer in the 22nd minute. Neil Taylor played a poor back pass to goalkeeper Vorm that was intercepted by Shane Long, but he inexplicably shot over the crossbar when he should have scored.
In the 24th minute Swansea doubled its lead, as Sinclair found some space from a Mark Gower corner and headed the ball back towards the far post, where Lita headed the ball past Ben Foster to give the Swans a 2-0 lead. Lita was delighted to score his first goal for Swansea City after his summer transfer, and was booked for excessive celebrating.
West Brom was unable to create space thanks to the hard work of Swansea’s midfield, with its only effort of note being a shot from outside the penalty area in the 31st minute by Long on his left foot, which was saved one-handed by Michel Vorm.
Swansea took a much-deserved 2-0 lead into halftime.
West Brom began the second half brightly after bringing on Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans at the interval, but Swansea had an early breakway chance. From a long ball played forward, Lita knocked the ball into the path of Dyer, who sprinted into the penalty area and played it through the legs of Foster to make it 3-0 to the home side in only the 48th minute.
The Baggies were undeterred by this further setback and continued to attack, but any threats they had were dealt with easily by a confident Swansea defense. The Swans continued to pour forward, looking for a fourth goal, and Sinclair continued his good work from the first half, seeing a free kick go over the bar after being tackled cynically by substitute Brunt.
After being largely anonymous throughout, Peter Odemwingie found himself with an opening in the 75th minute, and forced a good save from Vorm after sending a fizzing shot towards the Swansea goal. However, Odemwingie blotted his copybook with a late tackle on Taylor almost immediately, for which he was cautioned by the referee.
Taylor was stretchered off after suffering Odemwingie’s foul and looked seriously injured.
He was replaced by Fede Bessone. Taylor’s injury prompted a long delay, and he was given oxygen at the side of the pitch in what looked like a worrying blow to Swansea’s already depleted defense.