English Premiership

Swans put Rovers on the rack

2012-04-14 18:39
Blackburn Rovers logo (File)

Swansea - Swansea City made sure of their place in the English Premiership for next season and sent Blackburn a step closer to the drop with a 3-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium.

Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nathan Dyer and a Scott Dann own goal were enough to see off Rovers as Swansea scored their first win in five matches.

Blackburn felt sure they should have had a penalty inside three minutes when Ayegbeni Yakubu appeared to be hauled down five yards from goal. Moments later, Grant Hanley's far post header landed on the top of the Swansea net.

It was an impressive start from the visitors who were in desperate need of a boost after their last gasp defeat to Liverpool.

It took a dozen minutes for the Swans to launch their first attack of note and when they did, Blackburn were forced to concede a corner after Dyer's delightful reverse pass to Angel Rangel.

At the opposite end, Hanley was again the target for Morten Gamst Pedersen after David Dunn had been fouled. This time, Hanley was wide of Michel Vorm's far post.

It was another far post header, this time from Swansea's Scott Sinclair, that caused Blackburn their biggest worry. Thankfully, for Rovers that is, Bradley Orr's last ditch challenge diverted the ball high and wide.

Hanley's contribution to the game was becoming ever greater. Another header inside the Swansea penalty area was Blackburn's next best opportunity while at the other end he was first to react to a searching cross from Rangel.

Junior Hoilett's rash challenge on Neil Taylor earned the striker a yellow card, but from the ensuing free kick Joe Allen blasted high and wide of Paul Robinson's goal.

It was that type of game, high on endeavour but short on star quality until Sigurdsson popped up with two wonderful efforts in as many minutes.

The first was beaten away for a corner by Robinson. The second, with his left foot, gave Swansea a 37th-minute lead. It was an exquisite finish from the loanee.

Three minutes from half time, the game was over as a contest when a shocking piece of defending from Dann allowed Sinclair and Danny Graham to tee up Dyer. The former Southampton winger made no mistake from eight yards.

A slick move involving Graham and Sigurdsson should have brought goal number three, two minutes into the second half. Graham teased in a cross towards Sinclair only to see Jason Lowe arrive in the nick of time and steer the ball away to safety.

David Dunn scuffed a shot goalward after Dann had headed back a free kick from Pedersen, but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

Rangel shot over the top of Robinson's goal after 52 minutes and Graham twice caused a stir in the penalty area as Blackburn found themselves at sixes and sevens.

But it was a piece of individual magic from Sinclair that brought the third goal after 63 minutes. Last season's England under 21 star dribbled his way through the Rovers defence before setting up Sigurdsson whose shot rebounded back off the post, against Dann and into the empty net.

Read more on:    blackburn  |  swansea  |  english premiership  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Get fit on a budget

It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
Fixtures
25 October 2014
Swansea City v Leicester City, Liberty Stadium 18:30
26 October 2014
Burnley v Everton, Turf Moor 15:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, White Hart Lane 15:30
Manchester United v Chelsea, Old Trafford 18:00
27 October 2014
Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa, Loftus Road Stadium 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.