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Swansea City's Chico celebrates. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Swansea City's Chico celebrates. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Swansea City's Chico celebrates. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

MICHAEL LAUDRUP admitted he was a relieved man after seeing Swansea claim a first win in nine Premier League games against Fulham at the Liberty Stadium.

Deflected second half efforts from Jonjo Shelvey and Chico Flores sealed a 2-0 victory. Shelvey put the hosts ahead in the 61st minute when his shot from the edge of the box struck Wilfried Bony and Brede Hangeland to beat Maarten Stekelenburg.

Flores' near-post header, which flicked in off Dimitar Berbatov, wrapped up the win, just the third on home turf this term, and moved Swansea up to 10th in the table.

Fulham failed to make the most of excellent first half chances as they slipped to a defeat which ensures they remain just a point above the drop zone.

Swansea were suffering their worst run of league form since the 2008-09 season. There was plenty of anxiety among the home support during a tight first hour, but the Welsh club have opened up some valuable breathing space ahead of the weekend trip to West Ham.

"I am relieved," said Laudrup.

"It is a huge win. It is quite some games since we won in the league and it was against a direct opponent in the table.

"We will go into the game on Saturday with two consecutive wins – although only one in the league – but that will give the players the belief that we are going forward."

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen said: "We had great chances in the first half, the first one with Hangeland was really an open net and we have to take those chances."


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