17/09/2011 14:00 v West Brom
The Swans got off the mark with their first Premier League win after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Liberty.
Scott Sinclair, Leroy Lita and Nathan Dyer scored the goals in what Brendan Rodgers described as “an outstanding and complete performance” from the hosts, for whom the only negative of the match saw Neil Taylor stretchered off after a clash of heads with Peter Odemwingie.
Swansea established early control on the contest with Sinclair and Joe Allen shooting straight at Ben Foster as they searched for the breakthrough.
They did not have to wait for too long, though, and both players were involved as Allen was brought down in the penalty area by Paul Scharner, and Sinclair calmly tucked away the spot-kick - sending Foster the wrong way.
After Shane Long spurned a great opportunity to equalise at the other end, the goalscorer turned provider for the second 10 minutes later. He showed wonderful movement at the near post to flick on a corner and Lita was on hand to nod home his first goal for the club.
West Brom responded before the break with Long’s vicious strike drawing a brilliant save out of Michel Vorm, while referee Martin Atkinson waved away their protests after the ball struck the arm of Ashley Williams in the box.
Roy Hodgson made a double substitution for the visitors at half-time, but it was the Swans who came out with more urgency and they swiftly wrapped up the victory in the 49th minute.
Route one did the trick for the hosts as Vorm’s long punt was flicked on by Lita to release Dyer, who raced through on goal before slotting through the legs of Foster.
Swans: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor (Bessone, 85), Allen, Britton, Gower, Dyer (Routledge, 71), Lita (Moore, 71), Sinclair.
Subs not used: Tremmel, Lucas, Richards, Dobbie.
West Brom: Foster, Dawson, Olsson, Scharner (Cox, 67), Reid, Shorey, Morrison, Mulumbu (Dorrans, 46), Thomas (Brunt, 46), Long, Odemwingie.
Subs not used: Fulop, Jones, McAuley, Fortune.