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The Hawthorns (ATT 24,274) 4th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

West Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City Swansea

West Brom 1

M Fortune (54)


Swansea 2

G Sigurdsson (55)
D Graham (59)

Swans prevail in blizzard

West Brom surrender lead to lose 2-1 at The Hawthorns

Last Updated: 04/02/12 6:25pm

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Danny Graham celebrates his winning goal for Swansea

Danny Graham celebrates his winning goal for Swansea

Swansea came from behind to beat West Brom 2-1 in snowy conditions at The Hawthorns and claim only their second away win of the season.

Man of the match: Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelander was a creative influence for Swansea throughout the game and, after netting the opener, set up the winning goal. Goal of the match: Both Swansea's goals came from slick passing moves but the first just edges it, with Neil Taylor breaking free down the left before squaring for Sigurdsson to finish in style. Moment of the match: West Brom probably knew when Peter Odemwingie spurned a glorious chance in the second half that it was not going to be their day. Save of the match: Michel Vorm produced an excellent save in the first half to dive to his right and instinctively keep out Jonas Olsson's close-range flick. Talking point: Should West Brom have been awarded a penalty for handball against Ashley Williams in the first half?

The Swans controlled possession for long periods but in the first half it was West Brom who came closest to breaking the deadlock, with Gylfi Sigurdsson heading off the line and Michel Vorm pulling off a fine save to deny Jonas Olsson.

Appeals for a penalty were also waved away when Ashley Williams appeared to raise his arms and get a hand on the ball during an aerial challenge with Gareth McAuley.

The Baggies did finally take the lead after the interval when Marc-Antoine Fortune was given time at the back post from a corner and finished well into the far corner.

Swansea levelled just a minute later, though, with Neil Taylor cutting the ball back for Sigurdsson to fire home with aplomb.

Sigurdsson then turned provider for the game's third goal in the space of five minutes, just before the hour mark, with his cross poked in from close range by Danny Graham.

Graham's strike proved to be the winner as the Baggies battled in vain during the final half hour, with Swansea holding on in worsening weather to consolidate a mid-table position.

Into their stride

Swansea were soon into their stride and created the first opportunity of the game.

Sigurdsson's shot was blocked from a Joe Allen corner and the follow-up attempt from Angel Rangel was deflected just wide.

Baggies midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu was caught in possession and was relieved to see Allen drag his shot past the post.

James Morrison brought Sigurdsson down 25 yards out and the Swansea player took the free-kick himself and sent it just wide.

In a rare West Brom attack McAuley headed wide from a Nicky Shorey cross. Peter Odemwingie's control then let him down when he was found in space by Jerome Thomas.

The threatening Graham missed a good chance to put Swansea ahead after half an hour. Graham shrugged off the challenge of McAuley when challenging for a Leon Britton free-kick. But, from 12 yards out he shot wide when he should have at least tested Ben Foster.

Albion enjoyed their best spell approaching half-time with Sigurdsson blocking a goal-bound flick from Jonas Olsson.

Michel Vorm was alert to hold onto an Olsson flick from a Graham Dorrans free-kick.

Britton was booked for bringing down Thomas and Swansea appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge by McAuley on Scott Sinclair.

Three-goal blitz

Olsson was looking Albion's most threatening player at set-pieces and his header was blocked from a Dorrans corner.

But it was against the run of play when Fortune put West Brom ahead after 53 minutes.

A Dorrans corner was flicked on by Olsson and at the far post Fortune had time to steady himself before drilling the ball into the corner of the net.

Swansea needed only a minute to draw level through Sigurdsson. Britton's ball released the over-lapping Neil Taylor and his low cross was side-footed past Foster by Sigurdsson.

The game turned around with Graham putting Swansea in front after 59 minutes.

This time Sigurdsson was the creator with a low ball to the near post and Graham made no mistake for his 10th goal of the season.

Odemwingie was guilty of a glaring miss when he shot over with the goal at his mercy after a mis-hit effort from Dorrans had landed in his path.

Then Paul Scharner failed to make proper contact on his shot from 10 yards out after Somen Tchoyi had pulled the ball back into his path.

Morrison was booked for a foul on Britton as Swansea continued to look the more likely to score.

Olsson blocked a shot from the impressive Sigurdsson but in injury-time Vorm denied Fortune to prevent an undeserved Albion equaliser.

West Bromwich AlbionTeam StatisticsSwansea City
01st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target2
11Shots off Target7
3Blocked Shots7
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
77.4Passing Success86.6
75Tackles Success70.8
60.9Territorial Advantage39.1
349Total Passes632
30Total Crosses26
168Lost Balls155
26.51st Half Poss.73.5
44.42nd Half Poss.55.6

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