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  • Westbrom 1-2 Swansea: Fortuné , Sigurdsson, Graham score

    Swansea City came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at The Hawthorns in the Premier League thanks to two goals in five second-half minutes.
    Marc-Antoine Fortune put the home side ahead with his first Premier League goal in 12 months, but Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised almost immediately for Swansea.

    The impressive Icelandic midfielder then crossed for Danny Graham to score the winner in the snow at The Hawthorns.

    Baggies manager Roy Hodgson made two changes from the 1-1 draw with Fulham, Jerome Thomas returning from injury to replace Simon Cox, and Steven Reid starting in place of Gabriel Tamas, who was not included in the squad. New signings Keith Andrews and Liam Ridgewell were among the substitutes.

    Brendan Rodgers's Swansea, by comparison, were unchanged from the team which drew 1-1 with Chelsea on Tuesday.

    The visitors, who moved up to 10th on the back of this victory, had much the better of the first half, although they could not convert their territorial advantage into clear-cut chances.

    West Brom had a strong shout for a penalty turned down after 17 minutes when Nicky Shorey's inswinging cross hit Ashley Williams on the hand as he went up for a header with Gareth McAuley. Williams's arm was high in the air and there was clear contact with the ball but referee Jon Moss gave only a goal kick as the ball rolled behind.

    At the other end Nathan Dyer's subtle cross into the box was cleared out for a corner by Ben Foster as Scott Sinclair closed in, before Graham beat Jonas Olsson to a Joe Allen cross and blasted wide.

    West Brom almost took the lead when Fortune's header was cleared off the line by Sigurdsson and then Peter Odemwingie's follow-up was blocked by Neil Taylor as West Brom ended the half strongly.

    Graham Dorrans's free-kick was then turned goalwards by Olsson but Foster was able to hold on to his attempt.

    Sinclair went down in the area under a challenge from Youssuf Mulumbu moments before the half-time whistle, leaving both sides to reflect on penalty shouts that had been denied.

    West Brom took the lead after 54 minutes when an Olsson corner skimmed off Steven Caulker's head and landed at the feet of Fortune who controlled before drilling across goal and past Michel Vorm.

    But Swansea's response was immediate. Sinclair played in Neil Taylor down the left and the defender's cross was inch perfect for Sigurdsson who calmly slotted past Foster.

    Within five minutes, Rodgers's side were ahead. Sigurdsson, catching the eye in his advanced midfield role, played a beautiful pass across the area to Graham who was on hand to dispatch the ball left-footed past Foster from close range.

    Swansea could have extended their lead when Graham cut the ball back to Dyer whose shot was deflected inches wide for a corner.

    West Brom, though, were enjoying far more possession in the second half and should really have equalised after 70 minutes.

    Dorrans played the ball across the area and into the path of Odemwingie who blasted well over from close range with only Vorm to beat. It was a poor miss from the Nigerian who has not been able to match his excellent 2010-11 campaign with the Baggies this term.

    Foster saved from Dyer before a Sigurdsson shot was blocked by Olsson as Swansea threatened on the counterattack.

    West Brom almost claimed the equaliser in stoppage time when Fortune's shot squirmed under Vorm's body and rolled just wide of the post as Swansea survived late pressure to claim only their second away win of the season in the Premier League.

    The final whistle was greeted with a chorus of boos from the home supporters who have witnessed just two Premier League victories at The Hawthorns this season and whose side sit 15th in the table.
    Source: Eurosport


    WEST BROM: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey; Dorrans, Morrison, Mulumbu, Thomas; Odemwingie, Fortune. Subs: Fulop, Cox, Andrews, Ridgewell, Tchoyi, Jones, Scharner. /// SWANSEA: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Allen, Britton, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Graham, Sinclair. Subs: Tremmel, Monk, Agustien, McEachran, Routledge, Moore, Lita.


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