Premier League: Fulham beat Swansea 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium
Last Updated: 20/05/13 2:58pm
Dimitar Berbatov: Hit the second
Swansea lost 3-0 to Fulham at the Liberty Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season.
The prize of eighth place to go along with their League Cup win against Bradford City in February was up for grabs for Swansea but they struggled against a disciplined Fulham.
Best of the match
- Man of the match: Hangeland was superb at the back for Fulham. He must have headed the ball away 20 times in the second half.
- Moment of the match: Berbatov put clean through by Ruiz and he walked past Vorm before sliding in, just how only he could.
- Save of the match: Any of Schwarzer's in the second half but his stop from Hernandez when he was clean through stood out.
- Goal of the match: See above. The way Berbatov finished summed up his excellent first season at the club.
Bryan Ruiz was the first to threaten when escaping the offside trap but he wanted too much time on the ball and eventually fluffed his shot wide.
Swansea then enjoyed a spell of possession around the Fulham 18-yard box but other than a Pablo Hernandez strike that flashed just wide from 22 yards they never really looked like scoring.
Then the breakthrough came. Emmanuel Frimpong did well in midfield and Ruiz's back flick return gave him time to pick Alexander Kacaniklic out and he finished well past Michel Vorm on 22 minutes.
Kacaniklic then had the game's next opportunity. Fulham were awarded a free-kick and, while Swansea were sleeping, Vorm needed to be at his best as he tipped onto the post from the Swede.
As the game approached the interval Jonathan de Guzman headed wide from Angel Rangel's cross when it appeared Michu had a far easier chance just behind him.
At the start of the second half, Michael Laudrup's men certainly had a go and could have equalised at least three times.
Hernandez set Wayne Routledge in when he could have shot but the winger's attempt hit the side-netting.
Hernandez was then played in by Rangel but Mark Schwarzer was equal to it and made the save. Moments later De Guzman picked out Ashley Williams but the ball hit him and then the post, and it looked like it was going to be Fulham's day.
Then, on 77 minutes, Dimitar Berbatov sneaked through by rounding Vorm before passing into the empty net after the Bulgarian's lovely run was picked out by Ruiz.
Swansea did not let that deflate them too much but they appeared to run out of ideas and, for the first time this season, the home fans started to show their frustrations.
In stoppage-time Swansea's misery was complete as substitute Urby Emanuelson tapped in after Kacaniklic's shot was saved.
Martin Jol was delighted with Fulham's performance, saying: "The first half we were disciplined and in the end it was an ugly win.
"We have 43 points to end the season and the only difference between us and Swansea was that they beat us in the home fixture.
"It's a fantastic day for us and the club and now we have to plan for next season."
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says that the defeat was not the way he wanted the season to end but overall he has been pleased with his players.
Laudrup commented: "It's not the finish I wanted. We did OK in the first half and we were good in the second but we just couldn't finish in the final third.
"We have to work on goals in the summer and we will try to bring someone in. Our attitude was good but we could and should have scored more goals.
"Looking back it's not the first time we have lost like that. We are pleased with lots of parts of the season but we know where we can improve."
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