- West Brom vs Swansea

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Saturday 9 March 2013 | The Hawthorns | Referee: Lee Mason | Attendance 24,832

West Brom
  • Romelu Lukaku (40)
  • Jonathan de Guzmán (61 OG)
West Brom
2 - 1
  • Luke Moore (33)

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West Bromwich Albion maintained their push for a European spot but needed an own goal from Swansea City midfielder Jonathan de Guzman to seal victory in the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns.

Capital One Cup winners Swansea started in impressive style and deserved to go ahead through former West Brom striker Luke Moore's header. Lukaku equalised with his 13th goal of the campaign before the decider from De Guzman but the visitors had a late effort from substitute Roland Lamah ruled out for offside. Lukaku could afford the luxury of having a penalty saved by Swans keeper Michel Vorm when the score was 1-1 as Albion secured their third win in the last four games.

Swansea started in confident fashion and Michu missed an early opportunity to break the deadlock. Pablo Hernandez's right-wing cross dropped invitingly for Swansea's 19-goal leading scorer inside the danger area but he sent his shot over the bar.

Albion right-back Billy Jones brought down Wayne Routledge 20 yards out but De Guzman curled his free-kick past a post. Michu squandered another golden opportunity after 19 minutes after a typical free-flowing move. Good link-up play by Hernandez and Moore carved the opening for Michu but he stabbed his shot wide with only Ben Foster to beat.

It came as no surprise when Moore celebrated his first start since Boxing Day by opening the scoring against his former club. The forward got in front of his marker to glance his header from De Guzman's corner past Foster into the far corner of the net.

But Albion hit back and Lukaku levelled after 40 minutes with his 13th goal of the campaign. Dorrans threaded a low ball towards the near post and Lukaku was first to react in steering the ball past Vorm. Albion ended the first half on top and Vorm parried a fierce volley from Morrison.

Lukaku was prominent at the start of the second period and he shot wide after a mistake by Monk had allowed him a free run at goal. The Belgium forward then teed up a chance for Brunt, whose shot was saved by Vorm. But he blotted his copybook after Albion were awarded a 56th-minute penalty for a challenge on Morrison by Routledge just inside the box. Up stepped Lukaku to take the spot-kick but Vorm was equal to his low drive away to his right and was able to save.

West Brom were not to be denied and an own goal from De Guzman put them ahead four minutes later. Gareth McAuley's header from a Brunt corner was cleared off the line by Angel Rangel but rebounded back off De Guzman into the net.

Dorrans had a fierce drive deflected wide as Albion looked to extend their advantage. Lukaku was just off target after creating space inside the Swansea box before being substituted to a standing ovation with nine minutes left.

Swansea substitute Roland Lamah had the ball in the net in the 87th minute, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke: "We got a lucky break but sometimes when you put in the effort, energy and quality we did into that game. I think we earned that little break. We deserved to win the game. We don't come from behind very often but very pleasing that we did that. Swansea started really well but we stayed in the game. I played five in midfield because I knew they would start quickly.

"By and large we played well, created a few chances and deserved the three points against a very good Swansea side. I'm delighted because we came from behind. We don't do it very often and in the Premier League there are not too many teams that can do it. When you go behind in this league, it is difficult - especially against a team with the quality of Swansea."

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup: "We dominated the first half-hour, which was great. Michu had two big chances and they only had one effort that went wide. Their first shot on target in the first half was the goal. But they took over in the opening period of the second half.  We came back into it towards the end and I think a draw would have been a fair result.

"I have nothing to complain about. I hope we can go on, but the motivation is there and hopefully it will stay there for the last nine games. But I'm very satisfied with the attitude of my players and their reaction in the last 15 minutes - we just didn't get the luck today."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Ben Foster - -
28. Billy Jones - -
6. Liam Ridgewell - -
3. Jonas Olsson - -
23. Gareth McAuley - -
11. Chris Brunt - -
7. James Morrison - -
5. Claudio Yacob - -
21. Youssuf Mulumbu - -
17. Graham Dorrans - -
20. Romelu Lukaku - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
13. Boaz Myhill - -
30. Gabriel Tamas - -
24. Peter Odemwingie - -
32. Marc-Antoine Fortuné - -
8. Markus Rosenberg - -
14. Jerome Thomas - -
4. Goran Popov - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Michel Vorm - -
22. Angel Rangel - -
16. Garry Monk - -
33. Ben Davies - -
6. Ashley Williams - -
24. Ki Sung-Yueng - -
20. Jonathan De Guzmán - -
15. Wayne Routledge - -
11. Pablo Hernández - -
9. Michu - -
19. Luke Moore - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
25. Gerhard Tremmel - -
12. Nathan Dyer - -
21. Dwight Tiendalli - -
27. Mark Gower - -
14. Roland Lamah - -
17. Itay Shechter - -
2. Kyle Bartley - -

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