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The Liberty Stadium (ATT 20,341) 17th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

Swansea Swansea City vs West Bromwich Albion W Brom

Swansea 3

S Sinclair (pen 14)
L Lita (24)
N Dyer (49)

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W Brom 0

Swans up and running

First goals produce debut Premier League win over hapless Baggies

Last Updated: 17/09/11 5:58pm

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Leroy Lita celebrates his goal

Leroy Lita celebrates his goal

Swansea City registered their first win in the Premier League following a comprehensive 3-0 victory over West Brom at the Liberty Stadium.

Man of the match: Scott Sinclair was a constant menace to West Brom, not to mention a goal and an assist in an overall impressive show. Goal of the match: The Baggies were well caught out from a set-play as Sinclair was left unmarked to glance a header in the direction of Lita who nodded in from close range. Save of the match: Vorm looked unfazed by that howler at Arsenal, with his save from a Graham Dorrans free-kick the pick of the bunch. Moment of the match: After being flatted in an aerial challenge with Peter Odemwingie, Neil Taylor's injury helped create nine minutes of injury-time. Talking points: Will this breakthrough kick-start Swansea's Premier League campaign? Are West Brom relegation candidates?

In a dominant display, the Swans were handed the initiative from the penalty spot when Paul Scharner felled the impressive Joe Allen inside the box on 13 minutes.

Scott Sinclair neatly converted to score Swansea's first goal in the Premier League, and the club's first in the English top flight since 1983.

The visitors briefly threatened to level but the Swans extended their lead against the run of play and Sinclair was involved again as Leroy Lita nodded in from a well-worked corner.

And the writing was on the wall for West Brom shortly after the break, with Lita grabbing an assist as Nathan Dyer delivered a third for the hosts, beating Ben Foster with a low drive.

The only concern for the Swans was a nasty head injury suffered by full-back Neil Taylor in an aerial clash with Peter Odemwingie which saw the striker booked.

The visitors had few clear chances, with Shane Long and Graham Dorrans having their best efforts saved by Swans keeper Michel Vorm.

Return

Swansea were boosted by the return of captain Garry Monk, making his first appearance of the season after a foot injury.

Monk's availability to partner Ashley Williams in the centre of defence was a timely boost for boss Brendan Rodgers, with Alan Tate and Steven Caulker injured.

Mark Gower was handed a first start of the season, while Lita began in attack, with Danny Graham out due to a back problem.

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson was without the suspended Gabriel Tamas so Craig Dawson came in at centre-half, with Dorrans making way for James Morrison on the right of the Baggies midfield.

Chris Brunt, meanwhile, was on the bench after a late fitness test on a knee problem.

There was a minute's silence prior to kick-off in memory of the four miners who lost their lives at Gleision Colliery, as well as Rodgers' father Malachy, who died last week.

Unfortunately, the tribute was poorly observed by a section of the away support, forcing referee Martin Atkinson to curtail the silence before the minute had elapsed.

Sinclair had an early chance for the hosts but snatched at his shot after a poor Youssouf Mulumbu clearance, before Ben Foster grabbed an Allen shot at the second attempt.

Swansea's early dominance got a deserved reward in the 14th minute as Paul Scharner's clumsy tackle on Allen led to a penalty that Sinclair slotted to Foster's left.

And the second soon followed as Sinclair's header across goal was turned in by Lita at the far post, and the striker was booked after taking his shirt off to celebrate his goal.

Brave

Long forced an athletic save from Vorm before two brave blocks from Ashley Williams denied Mulumbu a sight of goal.

Sinclair remained a menace to Albion full-back Steven Reid and another brilliant run from the winger teed up Allen, but the midfielder's shot was blocked by Dawson.

Hodgson made a double change at the break with Brunt and Dorrans replacing Mulumbu and Jerome Thomas, but it made little difference as Swansea further extended their lead within four minutes of the restart.

Dyer raced onto a Lita flick-on and held off Nicky Shorey before firing between Foster's legs to send the Swans faithful into dreamland.

Brunt thought he had pulled a goal back on the hour but his header from Jonas Olsson's ball into the box was ruled out for offside.

Vorm then needed to be at full stretch to keep out a free-kick from Dorrans.

Odemwingie then went in the book after clattering Taylor in an aerial challenge that left the full-back needing prolonged treatment before departing on a stretcher with a head wound.

There were nine additional minutes added as a result but the hosts saw them out for an historic win.

Swansea CityTeam StatisticsWest Bromwich Albion
3Goals0
21st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target5
3Shots off Target5
3Blocked Shots6
2Corners8
4Fouls9
0Offsides2
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
85.8Passing Success85.3
22Tackles20
81.8Tackles Success70
53.8Possession46.2
40.6Territorial Advantage59.4

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