Sunday 08 December 2013
Norwich City extended their unbeaten Barclays Premier League run to nine matches, and 10 in all competitions, with a thrilling win at the Liberty Stadium.
Right-back Steven Whittaker gave the Canaries a 16th-minute lead when he exchanged passes with Robert Snodgrass and cut in before hammering the ball into the net.
Sebastien Bassong made it 2-0 in the 40th minute when he headed in a cross from Grant Holt, who nodded in a third just before half-time.
Michu gave Swansea hope when he converted a pass from Ben Davies six minutes after the interval and the comeback was on nine minutes later when Jonathan De Guzman volleyed in from the edge of the area after Nathan Dyer’s cross was not properly cleared.
Swansea could not find the equaliser and it was Norwich who scored next when Snodgrass curled home a superb free-kick from 25 yards.
Michu, the Premier League’s top scorer at the time, headed in his second of the match and 13th of the season from De Guzman’s cross but it was not enough to stop Swansea’s own unbeaten-six match run coming to an end.
“It wasn’t easy, even when we got those goals in the first half," Norwich City manager Chris Hughton said. "We didn’t do ourselves any favours conceding in that second half, but we showed great character to come back at them.”
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup added: “The first half was as bad as the second was good. The players bounced back great but I don’t think we deserved to win after that first-half performance.”
The result lifted Norwich to 11th in the table, a point and three places behind their hosts, and they ended the season in the same place. Swansea finished in ninth and also secured their first major trophy, as they defeated Bradford City in the final of the Capital One Cup at Wembley. The Swans qualified for the UEFA Europa League as a result.