Sep 1, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT
The Swansea squad appears to finally have found a rhythem as they deservedly earned a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthornes.
The start to the match was slow, with West Brom grabbing the only real early chances off a corner around the 15th minute, forcing Michel Vorm into a few quality saves.
The ball went back and forth with little action until Hernandez gave the Swans the opportunity to put the ball goalbound with great work on the edge of the box, and the ball fell to Ben Davies who lashed home a venomous volley into the top corner for the first goal.
The Baggies played on the break following the goal in an attempt to level the score, and Swansea attacked with patience and skill. However, Nicolas Anelka had a great chance against the run of play on the break in the 31st minute but dragged his shot across the goal and agonizingly wide of the far post by inches.
The Swansea defense was also very disciplined at the back in the first half, forcing West Brom to take frustrating shots from poor angles and crowded areas.
Bony had a great chance to double the lead off a cross from Hernandez, but he whiffed with the header, and Jose Canas’s shot on the follow up play was blocked. Later, the 70th minute saw a beautiful ball played through to a breaking Wayne Routledge but his failure to pop off a shot quick enough meant Liam Ridgewell was able to get back and foil the chance.
Swansea continued to search for a second as Pablo Hernandez in the 82nd minute clipped the top of the crossbar with a shot after finding space on the ball at the top of the box. They found that goal as Hernandez got what he was searching for just two minutes later. Michu’s shot was saved by Myhill but it fell back to the midfielder, and he laid off the ball to Hernandez in front of goal and it was too easy for him with the keeper on the ground.
West Brom – Boaz Myhill; Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell, Gareth McAuley, Billy Jones; Claudio Yacob (Markus Rosenburg, 75′), James Morrison (Graham Dorrans, 45′), Youssuf Mulumbu; Shane Long, Scott Sinclair (Saido Berahino, 75′); Nicolas Anelka.
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