- West Brom vs Swansea

Sunday 1 September 2013 | The Hawthorns | Referee: Mike Dean | Attendance 23,395

West Brom
West Brom
0 - 2
Swansea
  • Ben Davies (22)
  • Pablo Hernández (83)
Swansea

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A wonder goal from Ben Davies helped Swansea City earn their first win of the season as they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

The young defender’s impressive volley after 22 minutes was added to by Pablo Hernandez shortly before the final whistle as he fired home a loose ball in the West Brom area.

And after a midweek battle in the UEFA Europa League, Michael Laudrup’s men showed no signs of fatigue as they dominated their hosts to clinch their vital first three points of the Barclays Premier League season.

Nicolas Anelka made his return to West Brom's line-up, following the death of a close friend that had seen him consider retirement according to manager Steve Clarke. Fellow newcomer Scott Sinclair made his league debut for the Midlands side.

Swansea opted to switch things up, making six changes from their UEFA Europa League defeat to Petrolul Ploiesti on Thursday.

The alterations looked to have been most advantageous for the visitors in the opening minutes, as Michael Laudrup’s men fired a number of efforts on goal with a free-kick from Jonjo Shelvey drifting over the bar.

James Morrison's header was nervily cleared away as the hosts looked to grab a foothold in the game, but they could not hold off the Welsh side, who went ahead on 22 minutes.

Pablo burst down the right and clipped a cross into the area with Davies latching onto it and lashing a wondrous volley past Boaz Myhill.

Wilfried Bony had a chance to double Swansea’s advantage minutes before the break, but the 24-year-old saw his effort comfortably scooped up by Wales international Myhill. And despite making a change at half-time, which saw Graham Dorrans replace Morrison in a like-for-like switch, Swansea came out for the second in the same vein as they ended the first.

It was Wayne Routledge who had the chance to extend their advantage within three minutes as he tore down the wing, but a slightly heavy touch cost him as Myhill managed to keep him out.

The frustrations then continued to heap up for the hosts, with Anelka growing increasingly more agitated as his impressive work-rate continued to reap no rewards as the home side struggled to organise themselves. And it only got worse from there as Pablo saw an effort bounce off the crossbar, but was unperturbed a minute later as he found the back of the net after picking up Michu's clever cut-back into the area.

Clarke's side remain without a league goal this season, with just a point to show from their opening three games, while Swansea climbed off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League with their first triumph.

West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke: "I thought Nicolas [Anelka’s]' performance was really good and I picked him in the starting XI so I must have been happy with him. Nicolas is part of the squad and he's a good player; his performance showed he is a good player. I think the fans like him, they like the fact that Nicolas Anelka plays for West Brom. Of course the crowd are behind him, he's one of their players. He's part of the squad and everyone is happy he's here."

"I've spoken at length on about the need to bring fresh faces in to the club.We have good people who have been working hard to make this club better and make them more competitive. I hope there will be some good news for the supporters, we all need good news...even I need some good news. I need some players in forward areas that can give us a bit of quality so we create chances."

VIDEO: Watch Steve Clarke's post-match press conference >>

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "We knew it was very important for us to get something out of this game. When we saw the fixtures before start of the season - starting against the champions and then Tottenham away - we knew it was difficult. Then you look at squads in our league, as I call it, teams like West Brom and try to get something.

"It's not easy when you come here but it was a great win and great performance. It's always difficult to play away, wherever you play.

"I've been asked about a lot of players and I've always said we want one more striker with different characteristics to Wilfried Bony and Michu. We will add one tomorrow. We've had five, six, seven players linked and one will join, but not more than one. We have to go into the last day [of the window] having not done everything which is not ideal because it will be a crazy day, but hopefully we'll finish in time. I don't want to go into details but let's say we hope to finish it as quickly as possible."

VIDEO: Watch Michael Laudrup's post-match press conference >>

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Line-up All Fans BFR
13. Boaz Myhill 3.55 4.59
3. Jonas Olsson 2.63 4.65
6. Liam Ridgewell 2.0 4.28
28. Billy Jones 2.25 4.57
23. Gareth McAuley 2.63 4.64
7. James Morrison 2.75 5.23
5. Claudio Yacob 2.29 5.29
21. Youssuf Mulumbu 2.63 4.98
10. Scott Sinclair 3.22 4.71
9. Shane Long 3.86 5.92
39. Nicolas Anelka 4.21 5.14
Substitutes All Fans BFR
8. Markus Rosenberg 2.5 3.9
38. Saido Berahino 4.67 5.6
11. Chris Brunt 3.0 5.29
14. Diego Lugano 3.5 4.3
19. Luke Daniels 2.5 4.12
17. Graham Dorrans 3.33 4.96
25. Craig Dawson 3.0 4.39
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Michel Vorm 7.18 5.14
6. Ashley Williams 7.13 4.89
22. Angel Rangel 5.8 4.68
4. Chico 6.33 4.48
33. Ben Davies 6.67 4.67
8. Jonjo Shelvey 6.0 5.21
21. José Cañas 6.0 4.21
11. Pablo Hernández 7.5 5.09
15. Wayne Routledge 6.14 5.0
9. Michu 6.5 6.2
10. Wilfried Bony 6.26 6.4
Substitutes All Fans BFR
24. Álex Pozuelo 7.67 3.68
7. Leon Britton 8.5 4.55
29. Ashley Richards 8.0 2.86
14. Roland Lamah 8.5 4.2
20. Jonathan De Guzmán 8.67 4.61
2. Jordi Amat 8.0 3.62
25. Gerhard Tremmel 8.0 3.1

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