Monday 22 January 2018

Swans break duck

Andrew Gwilym

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers hailed a "very complete" performance as his side claimed a first Premier League win at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans entered the game having not mustered a league goal in their four previous outings, but there was no stopping them once Scott Sinclair ended their 374-minute wait by slotting home from the spot in the 14th minute.

Leroy Lita grabbed his first goal for the club 10 minutes later, nodding home from Sinclair's header across the box, before Nathan Dyer raced onto a flick from the striker to fire in the third shortly after the break.

The win finished a difficult week on and off the pitch for the Swans on a high as Rodgers' father, Malachy, died a week ago after a battle with cancer. "We thoroughly deserved the win, it was a very complete performance. Our performance level has been excellent in the first five games and that's three clean sheets now and we have always looked like scoring," Rodgers said.

"Our play with and without the ball was top class. Sometimes if you play like we have been playing and you don't pick up a win it may drag on and you can lose confidence, but it was an outstanding team performance."

West Brom rarely threatened Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal, with Republic of Ireland international Shane Long and Graham Dorrans seeing their best efforts denied by the Dutchman.

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