English Premiership

Swans maintain perfect start

2014-08-30 18:47
Swansea City (AFP)

Swansea - Swansea have maintained their perfect start to the new season to three from three with a stylish 3-0 win over West Brom at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Nathan Dyer with a double and Wayne Routledge produced the goals in another impressive display from the high-flying Welsh side.

'We're going to win the league' sang the home fans as Swansea moved provisional top of the Premier League on nine points.

West Brom, who turned up in Swansea after two draws, slipped to fourth from bottom.

Swansea took the lead on their first attacking move in the second minute, with Dyer, who scored the decisive goal last week against Burnley, the architect.

The winger rounded West Brom keeper Ben Foster to net into an empty net.

Wilfried Bony went close to doubling the advantage minutes later but his shot from the edge of the area went the wrong side of the crossbar.

The Ivory Coast international, with West Brom temporarily down to 10 men as Jonas Olsson went off to change his boots, then headed high.

Swansea's second when it did come on 23 minutes was a classic volley from the edge of the area from Routledge following Craig Dawson's headed clearance.

Rebooted, Olsson nearly gave Swansea a third when he headed the ball onto his own bar.

It wasn't all one way traffic as down at the other end West Brom's record signing Brown Ideye got the better of two defenders but the Nigeria striker wasn't able to follow up with a killer blow.

As the interval beckoned Routledge smashed an effort wide.

At the restart, West Brom manager Alan Irvine introduced Stephane Sessegnon for Graham Dorrans.

Swansea's Ki Sung-Yueng saw a shot saved on the hour.

On 71 minutes, Dyer bagged the high-flying Welsh side's third when he ran onto a defender-splitting assist from Tottenham recruit Gylfi Sigurdsson to shoot right-footed into the bottom right corner of Foster's net.

West Brom raised their game with Sessegnon rattling the crossbar and James Morrison forcing Lukasz Fabianski into a good stop, but Swansea held on comfortably.

A perfect result for 31-year-old Spaniard Angel Rangel to celebrate his 100th appearance for Swansea.


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