24/09/2011 14:00 v Chelsea
Swansea were brought back down to earth following a humbling 4-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Fresh from their first-ever Premier League victory against West Bromwich Albion the previous weekend, the unchanged Swans started brightly at the home of that season’s UEFA Champions League winners.
Former Chelsea man, Scott Sinclair was causing problems for his old club and forced Branislav Ivanovic into making an important block while, at the other end, Ramires and Raul Meireles saw chances go begging.
However, Andre Villas-Boas’ men gradually gained control and took the lead in the 29th minute when Fernando Torres fired past Michel Vorm, while Ramires’ cool finish doubled the lead soon after.
The Blues were reduced to 10 men before half-time when Torres’ rash two-footed challenge on Mark Gower left referee Mike Dean with no option but to produce a straight red card.
And the Swans looked to make their numerical advantage count in the second half with Nathan Dyer’s deflected effort crashing against the crossbar, before Ashley Williams saw a header cleared off the line by Jose Bosingwa.
But, for all their pressure, Brendan Rodgers’ side were eventually pegged back and Ramires secured the points for Chelsea 14 minutes from time with his second goal of the game.
Williams’ header from Gower’s free-kick did provide a consolation and first away goal in the Premier League for the Swans, but the hosts had the last word with substitute Didier Drogba beating Vorm from close range.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Meireles (McEachran, 83), Mata (Malouda, 59), Torres, Anelka (Drogba, 79).
Subs not used: Turnbull, Luiz, Lampard, Kalou.
Swans: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Allen, Britton (Routledge, 46), Dyer (Dobbie, 71), Gower, Sinclair, Lita (Graham, 59).
Subs not used: Tremmel, Bessone, Richards, Moore.