Premier League: Swansea 3 West Brom 1
By Football News
Swansea City grabbed all three points against a previously in-form West Brom, running out comfortable 3-1 winners at home on Wednesday.
Michael Laudrup opted to make one change from the side that were held to a goalless draw against Liverpool on Sunday, bringing in Sung-Yong Ki for Itay Shechter with Michu moving up the pitch to play as their lone frontman.
As for the visitors, Steve Clarke made two changes from the starting XI that won 4-2 away to Sunderland in their last outing - with Romelu Lukaku and Youssuf Mulumbu coming in for Zoltan Gera and Shane Long.
The home side were rewarded for their bright start in the ninth minute when Michu got himself on the score sheet.
Nathan Dyer whipped in a cross from the right which Pablo Hernandez did well to lay-off first time to Michu who applied the finish from close range.
The Welsh outfit doubled their lead three minutes later - this time through ex-Tottenham player Wayne Routledge. The stylish Hernandez was again involved in the build-up, this time forcing himself to the by-line before picking out his team-mate.
His attempt deflected off West Brom defender Gareth McAuley and past a hapless Boaz Myhill who continued to deputise once again for the injured Ben Foster.
The Swans added a third just over five minutes before half-time. Dyer played it to young full-back Ben Davies who picked out Hernandez with a neat ball. The Spaniard continued his impressive evening by crossing to Routledge who grabbed his second.
West Brom headed into the match at the Liberty Stadium having won their past four matches and gave themselves a lifeline with the final piece of action in the first half.
Ki failed to deal with Chris Brunt's corner and on-loan Chelsea striker Lukaku pounced to grab his second goal in as many matches.
Neither side managed to dominate the early stages of the second half - with a rash Lukaku effort the only chance to fall to either team in the opening minutes as they searched for another goal.
The hosts sprung to life in the 72nd minute when Hernandez did well to pick out Michu whose header hit the target but was comfortably saved by Myhill.
The visitors' keeper was again called into action two minutes later when Michu forced him to make a solid save from his long-range attempt.
As much as they tried, West Brom failed to get themselves on the scoresheet again with the home side content to keep their lead intact.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, while West Brom will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Stoke.