Tuesday 28 January 2014, 7:45pm at Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Barclays Premier League
Swansea City
2
Shelvey 61'; o.g. Berbatov 75'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Second-half goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Chico Flores earned Swansea City a 2-0 win over Fulham on Tuesday night.

61' Goal

Jonjo Shelvey
Assist by Nathan Dyer

75' Own-goal

Dimitar Berbatov

90'+1 Yellow Card

Wilfried Bony

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nathan Dyer
Off:Pablo Hernández

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordi Amat
Off:Jonjo Shelvey

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Álex Pozuelo
Off:Jonathan De Guzmán

75' Yellow Card

Kieran Richardson Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Darren Bent
Off:Ashkan Dejagah

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Damien Duff
Off:Clint Dempsey

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Muamer Tankovic
Off:Dimitar Berbatov

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Second-half goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Chico Flores earned Swansea City a 2-0 win over Fulham on Tuesday night.

In what was an even opening 45 minutes at the Liberty Stadium, both sides had chances to take the lead, with Brede Hangeland heading over when well placed, before Shelvey rattled the woodwork from distance.

The home side were far superior after the break, although they needed a huge slick of luck to break the deadlock as Shelvey’s shot took two deflections to leave Maarten Stekelenburg with no chance.

They were the better team after the goal, too, and settled the tie when Chico met Jonathan de Guzman’s free-kick at the near post.

René Meulensteen, as expected, made sweeping changes to the side that faced Sheffield United a mere two days ago, reverting to the same XI that lost to Arsenal at the Emirates in the previous Barclays Premier League encounter.

Swansea dominated possession in the early stages but couldn’t fashion an opening until the 12th minute when Wilfried Bony’s looping header from Wayne Routledge’s cross sailed over the crossbar with Stekelenburg well positioned.

Their next opportunity two minutes later was much clearer, though, when slick interplay between Angel Rangel and Pablo Hernandez down the right ended in the latter cutting the ball back to Shelvey, but the midfielder’s first-time strike wasn’t composed and sailed way off target.

Fulham should have opened the scoring with their first opportunity of the game on 20 minutes. After Sascha Riether had been fouled in a wide position, Kieran Richardson whipped in a delicious free-kick that was met by Hangeland, but the Fulham skipper nodded his header over the bar from close range when he really should have scored.

Shelvey was then at the heart of two half-chances for the home side. First he sent a throughball into Routledge with the outside of his boot which just had too much pace, allowing Stekelenburg to smother, before poking an effort from distance into the arms of the Dutchman.

In the 27th minute the Whites were awarded another set-piece in a similar position to earlier. Again, Richardson’s delivery was excellent but Steve Sidwell couldn’t escape the attentions of his marker to make a clear contact with the ball and it sailed wide.

A slick counter-attack four minutes later culminated in Gerhard Tremmel making his first save of the game. Dimitar Berbatov slipped Alexander Kačaniklić in down the left, the winger then beat Chico before firing over an accurate cross that Ashkan Dejagah headed downwards but too close to the Swans stopper.

Fulham, while not seeing loads of the ball, were playing with purpose when they did have it and only a last-ditch block from Ashley Williams moments later stopped Clint Dempsey from testing Tremmel again following a neat one-two with Berbatov.

Shelvey – scorer of a sublime winner in the reverse fixture earlier in the season – thought he’d netted again versus the Whites with five minutes remaining of the half, but his bending strike from 25 yards didn’t quite have enough dip and landed on top of the crossbar, much to the relief of the travelling fans behind the goal.

Dempsey was proving a real nuisance in the hole behind Berbatov and he forced Tremmel to concede a corner in the 44th minute when he broke the defence and tried his luck with a near-post strike.

Swansea made a rampant start to the second half and were almost rewarded seven minutes in. Chico rose to meet a corner from the right and his effort, which seemed to come off his shoulder, needed Stekelenburg to tip away from danger at full stretch, although Riether was on the line had he not got there.

De Guzman was next to chance his arm when he let fly from distance after 56 minutes, but he was off balance as he struck and it ended up flying high and wide, although a minute later he took advantage of an abundance of space outside the Fulham penalty area to rifle an effort on target, which Stekelenburg claimed without too much trouble.

The visitors’ first real foray forward in the second half arrived moments later when Kačaniklić cut in and hit an effort on his right foot. It was sweetly struck but Tremmel was well placed and caught it comfortably.

Both sides made a change in the 58th minute, with Darren Bent coming on for Dejagah, while Michael Laudrup brought Nathan Dyer on for Hernandez.

Dyer immediately set up Shelvey who once again tried a first-time effort from distance – it was bending but missed the target by a yard.

Most of Swansea’s chances were long-range strikes from Shelvey and eventually one paid off just after the hour mark. Replays showed just how fortunate the effort was as it first deflected off Sidwell and then hit Hangeland which sent the ball spinning away from Stekelenburg and inside the far corner.

Fulham looked for a quick response to the huge misfortune they’d just suffered, with Dempsey smashing in a left-footed strike in the 65th minute, but he didn’t quite wrap his foot around it enough and it caused Tremmel little concern.

A slip by Parker on the halfway line allowed de Guzman to rob the ball and gallop forwards. His subsequent shot was goalbound, too, with Stekelenburg making a flying save to tip over for a corner.

Meulensteen then made his second change of the evening, with Dempsey making way for Damien Duff.

Fulham were offering very little going forward and Swansea punished them with a deserved second in the 76th minute. After Richardson had given away a free-kick on the flank – for which he was booked – de Guzman sent in a teasing delivery that was met by Chico and guided towards the near post, with Stekelenburg’s hand just helping it on its way into the net.

The Whites’ best chances in the game had come from Richardson’s set-pieces and he sent in another sumptuous free-kick in the 79th minute following a foul on Kačaniklić, but Berbatov planted his header some way over the bar.

Muamer Tanković – fresh from a lively performance at Bramall Lane – entered the action for the final seven minutes, with Berbatov the man replaced.

Bent had a chance to pull one back in the 90th minute after Williams had smashed his clearance into Kačaniklić. The striker advanced before angling a shot in that Tremmel did well to push behind for a corner.

There was a couple of jaunts forward for each side in stoppage time but they all came to nothing, as Fulham slipped to a disappointing loss in Wales.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Tuesday 28 January 2014
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 20,004

Referee: Michael Oliver

Swansea City

Line-up: Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, De Guzmán (Álex Pozuelo 88'); Hernández (Dyer 58'), Shelvey (Amat 79'), Routledge; Bony

Unused substitutes: Cornell, Taylor, Lamah, Álvaro Vázquez

Manager: Michael Laudrup

Fulham

Line-up: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Parker, Sidwell; Dejagah (Bent 59'), Dempsey (Duff 71'), Kacaniklic; Berbatov (Tankovic 83')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Hughes, Christensen, Rodallega

Head Coach: Rene Meulensteen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 23 52
2 Manchester City 22 50
3 Chelsea 22 49
4 Liverpool 22 43
5 Tottenham Hotspur 22 43
6 Everton 22 42
7 Manchester United 23 40
8 Newcastle United 23 37
9 Southampton 23 32
10 Swansea City 23 24
11 Aston Villa 22 24
12 Norwich City 23 24
13 Hull City 22 23
14 West Bromwich Albion 22 22
15 Stoke City 22 22
16 Crystal Palace 22 20
17 Fulham 23 19
18 West Ham United 22 18
19 Sunderland 22 18
20 Cardiff City 23 18
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
14
15
Shots On Target
6
4
Passing Accuracy
87%
79%
Fouls
13
10
Corners
5
8
Offsides
0
2
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Swansea City (4-2-3-1)
  • 25Gerhard Tremmel
  • 22Angel Rangel
  • 4Chico
  • 6Ashley Williams
  • 33Ben Davies
  • 7Leon Britton
  • 20Jonathan De Guzmán
  • 11Pablo Hernández
  • 8Jonjo Shelvey
  • 15Wayne Routledge
  • 10Wilfried Bony
Substitutes
  • 13David Cornell
  • 2Jordi Amat
  • 3Neil Taylor
  • 12Nathan Dyer
  • 14Roland Lamah
  • 24Álex Pozuelo
  • 26Álvaro Vázquez
Manager
  • Michael Laudrup
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 32Clint Dempsey
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 37Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 43Muamer Tankovic
Head Coach
  • Rene Meulensteen
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Second-half goals from Shelvey and Chico saw Swansea pull away and defeat the Whites at the Liberty Stadium.
  • 90+1 Bony is in the book after a tangle with Sidwell.
  • 90 Four minutes added.
  • 90 Bent breaks away from a high Swansea backline but, bearing down on goal, he drags his shot wide of the post.
  • 87 Swansea's final change is Pozuelo on for de Guzman.
  • 83 Meulensteen's final substitution of the evening sees Berbatov replaced by Tankovic.
  • 80 Shelvey is substituted to a standing ovation, and on comes Amat.
  • 79 Richardson sends over a perfectly flighted free-kick, Berbatov wins the header but it's too high to work Tremmel.
  • 76 Swansea 2-0 Fulham. Chico is first to de Guzman's free-kick and he heads past Stekelenburg at his near post.
  • 75 Dyer gets the better of Richardson with his pace, and a late tackle sees the left-back collect a yellow card.
  • 72 Dyer breaks free on the right and whips over a cross which almost catches Stekelenburg out, but the Dutchman recovers to collect.
  • 70 Dempsey is withdrawn by Meulensteen, Duff comes on to replace him on the left wing.
  • 68 Excellent save by Stekelenburg to keep the Whites in touching distance of Swansea, from de Guzman's 20-yard rocket.
  • 64 Dempsey, Berbatov and Bent work a nice triangle out to the left of the box, and the American drills a shot wide of Tremmel's near post.
  • 61 Swansea 1-0 Fulham. Bony tees Shelvey, who hits a shot from 25-yards, which takes two deflections on its way to the back of the net.
  • 59 Dyer, making his return from injury, comes on for Pablo, and Meulensteen makes a tactical change, with Dejagah replaced by Bent.
  • 58 Wriggling in from the left, Kačaniklić finds room to take fire on his right foot and strikes it well, but Tremmel is behind it.
  • 57 De Guzman drifts into the same midfield pocket and is allowed to shoot again. He makes better connection but Stekelenburg stoops to save.
  • 55 Acres of space open up for de Guzman, who takes aim but miscues his 25-yard shot just over Stekelenburg's goal.
  • 53 Riether heads off the line after Chico's header from a corner turns the ball goalwards. Very good defending.
  • 50 The Whites have their backs against the wall for a short spell but interceptions from Richardson and Burn overt the danger.
  • 48 Parker hits Bony with another meaty tackle to leave the Ivorian grounded. The rain is falling heavily now.
  • There's no changes as Swansea kick-off the second half, with the Whites attacking the away end as we aim to break the deadlock.
  • We have acquitted ourselves well so far, with Hangeland heading over from close range unmarked and Shelvey hitting the bar in reply.
  • 43 A superb ball from Parker leaves Dempsey one-on-one with Williams. The American shapes right and hits a shot which brings a firm save from Tremmel.
  • 40 The hosts keep the pressure on, with Stekelenburg saving from Bony's header and Burn clearing well while closed down.
  • 39 Swansea are getting stronger and Shelvey lines up a long ranger which rattles the Whites' crossbar, Sidwell blocks Britton's follow up.
  • 34 A few groans come from the Swansea crowd, as Dempsey collects a loose ball and almost gets in behind, but for Davies' saving tackle.
  • 31 The Whites' best move of the game, as Berbatov feeds Kačaniklić who leaves Chico standing and crosses for Dejagah to work Tremmel low with the header.
  • 26 Set pieces are looking a good outlet so far. Richardson swings in another testing free-kick but it goes through a crowd of players.
  • 24 Nice move by Swansea but Shevley's stabbed effort proves no problem for Stekelenburg.
  • 22 A crucial Hangeland header makes up for his miss at the other end, denying Bony a clear sight on goal after Pablo's cross.
  • 21 A golden chance to go in front goes begging when Hangeland wins Richardson's free-kick but can only head over from six yards.
  • 20 Dejagah forces an opening and Riether nips in to win a free-kick from Routledge. Richardson crosses and Hangeland heads over from six yards.
  • 19 Dempsey robs de Guzman in a threatening area but Dejagah can't squeeze past Davies. Riether crosses but it's too long.
  • 18 De Guzman delivers a dangerous dead ball from the right which flashes across goal, and Riether does enough to stop Williams attacking it.
  • 13 Strong tackle by Richardson to halt Pablo's progress, but the ball is squared to Shelvey and he blazes over from 18 yards.
  • 12 Whites old boy Routledge whips in a cross from the left and Bony reacts first to win the header, which drops over Stekelenburg's crossbar.
  • 8 The Swans are stretching play, but Kačaniklić intercepts well to break down their attack. Dempsey draws a free-kick from Bitton.
  • 6 Parker announces himself to Bony with a bone-crunching tackle, all fair, to overturn the ball and set Fulham off up the pitch.
  • 4 Both teams have been moving the ball around and getting comfortable in possession without really stretching each other's defence.
  • There's a roar around the Liberty Stadium and we are under way, with Dempsey and Berbatov getting us started.
  • Out walk the teams, with Fulham in our red and white second strip. The players do their final stretches and we are almost ready to go.
  • The Whites arrive at the Liberty Stadium in close pursuit of the Swans, with only two points the difference in a tightly-bunched Premier League table.
  • But in terms of the Liberty, it's our fourth visit since the Swans moved in. We've won one, drawn one and lost one in that time.
  • It's the 65th meeting between Fulham and Swansea tonight. The Whites have won 31, Swansea 23 and there have been ten draws.
  • Substitues: Stockdale, Hughes, Christensen, Duff, Tanković, Bent, Rodallega.
  • The team in full is: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Dejagah, Sidwell, Parker, Kačaniklić; Dempsey, Berbatov.
  • René Meulensteen returns to the starting eleven which started at Arsenal, so it's all change from Saturday's FA Cup match with Clint Dempsey in support of Dimitar Berbatov up front.
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