English Premiership

Swansea swoop past Cardiff

2014-02-08 22:20
Swansea City (AFP)

Swansea - Swansea City have made a winning start to life after Michael Laudrup by beating Cardiff City 3-0 on Saturday to leave their fierce rivals mired in the English Premiership relegation zone.

Laudrup was sacked as manager on Tuesday and replaced by rookie coach Garry Monk, but second-half goals from Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony saw Cardiff blown away in the south Wales derby.

Having won only one of their previous 10 league games, Swansea moved four points clear of the bottom three, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff now three points from safety with 13 games remaining.

Writing in the match-day programme, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins justified Laudrup's sacking by claiming that the club's "strong principles" were "slowly being eroded" under the Dane's stewardship.

Whatever the reasons for Laudrup's dismissal, Swansea's players seemed determined to impress Monk -- who was promoted from the playing staff -- as they flew out of the traps at a rain-lashed Liberty Stadium.

Middlesbrough loanee Marvin Emnes was one of four players drafted into the starting line-up by Monk and he quickly caught the eye, teeing up Routledge for an early shot that David Marshall saved comfortably.

The Cardiff goalkeeper was fully extended moments later, however, sliding in and brilliantly clawing the ball off Bony's toes as the Swansea striker advanced into the visitors' box.

Gradually Swansea's early fire burnt out and Cardiff began to find openings.

Twice Craig Bellamy teed up Kenwyne Jones, but the former Stoke City striker could not find the target on either occasion, while Peter Whittingham worked Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm with a well-struck half-volley.

Swansea roused themselves before half-time, Dyer drilling a low shot across goal, but Manchester United loanee Wilfried Zaha served a reminder of Cardiff's threat with an incisive run and wayward shot.

Monk elected to introduce Pablo Hernandez at half-time and it proved a masterstroke as the Spanish midfielder teed up the opening goal within two minutes of coming on.

He used the outside of his right foot to stab a carefully weighted pass down the inside-left channel and Routledge drew Marshall from his line before planting a low shot inside the right-hand post.

Monk celebrated jubilantly, but the dangerous Bellamy almost silenced the crowd moments later when he sent a rasping drive against the crossbar from just outside the penalty area.

Dyer twice threatened to add to Routledge's goal, bending a shot narrowly wide from 25 yards and then forcing Marshall to tip an effort over the bar.

Kim Bo-kyung gave Swansea a scare when he hooked a volley over the crossbar, but late headers from Dyer and Bony, teed up by Routledge and Hernandez, completed a dream coaching debut for Monk.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

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
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Burnley v Stoke City, Turf Moor 21:45
Crystal Palace v Watford, Selhurst Park 22:00
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea, The John Smith's Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Swansea City v Manchester City, Liberty Stadium 21:45
Newcastle United v Everton, St. James' Park 21:45
Southampton v Leicester City, St. Mary's Stadium 21:45
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion, Anfield 22:00
West Ham United v Arsenal, London Stadium 22:00
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth, Old Trafford 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion, Wembley Stadium 22:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

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

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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