13/05/2012 14:00 v Liverpool
The Swans ended their debut Premier League season in style with an impressive 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the Liberty.
Danny Graham’s 100th career goal proved the difference in what would be Brendan Rodgers’ final match in charge before succeeding Kenny Dalglish at Anfield just a few weeks later.
There was a carnival atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium with many of the Jack Army dressed as Elvis Presley - a quip made by Rodgers after the media suggested in August there was more chance of seeing the famous singer than the Swans beating the drop.
The hosts went close to opening the scoring as Gylfi Sigurdsson was denied by Maxi Rodriguez on the line, while Doni did well to push the Icelandic midfielder’s free-kick to safety soon after.
At the other end, it was proving to be a frustrating afternoon for Andy Carroll, whose temper boiled over when he was involved in a scuffle with Ashley Williams late in the first half. Both players received yellow cards for their troubles.
The England striker almost broke the deadlock as Liverpool offered a greater threat after the break. His spectacular overhead kick forced Michel Vorm into producing magnificent reflexes to deny him.
However, it was the hosts who finally broke the deadlock with what proved to be the winner four minutes from time, as Angel Rangel’s low centre was swept home by Graham.
The striker’s 14th goal of the season secured a pleasing 11th-place finish for the Swans.
SWANS: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Steven Caulker, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Joe Allen, Leon Britton, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Mark Gower, 88), Nathan Dyer (Wayne Routledge, 79), Danny Graham, Scott Sinclair.
SUBS NOT USED: Gerhard Tremmel, Garry Monk, Alan Tate, Gwion Edwards, Luke Moore.
LIVERPOOL: Doni, Martin Kelly, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson, Maxi Rodriguez (Dirk Kuyt, 73), Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Stewart Downing (Craig Bellamy, 60), Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll.
SUBS NOT USED: Brad Jones, Sebastian Coates, Jose Enrique, Jay Spearing, Raheem Sterling.