- Swansea vs Fulham

Tuesday 28 January 2014 | Liberty Stadium | Referee: Michael Oliver | Attendance 20,004

Swansea
  • Jonjo Shelvey (61)
  • Dimitar Berbatov (75 OG)
Swansea
2 - 0
Fulham
Fulham

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Swansea City's returning players combined to inspire a 2-0 victory over Fulham and end an eight-game winless Barclays Premier League streak.

After hitting the crossbar in a goalless first half at the Liberty Stadium, Jonjo Shelvey broke the deadlock in the 61st minute with a shot that took two deflections on its way past Maarten Stekelenburg, with Nathan Dyer providing the assist. And Chico Flores netted his second goal of the season in the 75th minute, putting the result beyond doubt.

The win moves the Swans six points clear of the relegation zone, while Rene Meulensteen's side are one-point clear of the bottom three.

Michael Laudrup made six changes from Swansea's 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Birmingham City on Saturday, with Shelvey and Jonathan de Guzman returning to ease the club's midfield injury crisis, while Dyer took his place on the bench after six weeks out with an ankle injury.

Having made 11 alterations for Fulham's cup draw at Sheffield United on Sunday, Meulensteen repeated that move for the trip to Wales, reverting to the team that started a 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Arsenal on 18 January.

After a quiet opening 10 minutes, it was Wilfried Bony who had the first chance of the match, heading narrowly over following a Wayne Routledge cross from the left.

Brede Hangeland squandered an opportunity to put the Cottagers ahead in the 20th minute when he powered a header over from a Kieran Richardson free-kick, before Dejagah nodded straight at Gerhard Tremmel from an Alexander Kacaniklic cross.

Just as the London side were beginning to look the more threatening, Shelvey rattled the crossbar with an effort from the edge of the penalty at the other end - the closest either side came in the opening period.

Chico had Stekelenburg at full stretch with a headed effort from a corner shortly after the break, before De Guzman forced the goalkeeper into another save with a powerful strike from distance.

Laudrup introduced Dyer from the bench shortly before the hour and the hosts were ahead minutes later - Dyer teeing up Shelvey for a thunderous effort from the edge of the penalty area that deflected off Steve Sidwell and Hangeland to wrong-foot Stekelenburg and nestle in the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Swansea had the points in the bag in the 75th minute when Chico's glancing header from a De Guzman free-kick deflected in off Dimitar Berbatov while Darren Bent drifted an effort just wide of the target in the closing stages.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It's a massive win today. First of all winning after [eight] games in the league, secondly against a direct opponent - they had 19 points, we had 21. Of course when we play those direct opponents now, which we have to in the next games as well, it's even more important to get the points."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
25. Gerhard Tremmel 10.0 3.1
22. Angel Rangel 0.0 4.67
4. Chico 1.0 4.48
6. Ashley Williams 1.0 4.87
33. Ben Davies 0.0 4.67
20. Jonathan De Guzmán 2.0 4.6
15. Wayne Routledge 2.0 4.99
7. Leon Britton 4.0 4.54
8. Jonjo Shelvey 5.0 5.21
11. Pablo Hernández 6.0 5.09
10. Wilfried Bony 8.0 6.38
Substitutes All Fans BFR
12. Nathan Dyer - 5.44
26. Álvaro Vázquez - 3.58
24. Álex Pozuelo - 3.68
14. Roland Lamah - 4.2
2. Jordi Amat - 3.62
13. David Cornell - 2.0
3. Neil Taylor - 2.75
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Maarten Stekelenburg - 5.59
33. Dan Burn - 4.56
15. Kieran Richardson - 4.21
5. Brede Hangeland - 4.46
27. Sascha Riether - 4.77
28. Scott Parker - 4.68
11. Alexander Kacaniklic - 4.21
32. Clint Dempsey - 3.33
7. Steve Sidwell - 4.95
24. Ashkan Dejagah - 4.76
9. Dimitar Berbatov - 5.47
Substitutes All Fans BFR
13. David Stockdale - 3.98
16. Damien Duff - 4.29
18. Aaron Hughes - 4.1
43. Muamer Tankovic - 4.33
20. Hugo Rodallega - 4.19
39. Darren Bent - 5.65
37. Lasse Vigen Christensen - 4.0

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