On This Day | Borini's debut double

19th March 2020
Fabio Borini

Swansea City reignited their Championship promotion hopes with a narrow victory over play-off rivals Nottingham Forest on March 19, 2011.

Fabio Borini, who arrived on loan from Chelsea earlier that week, marked his debut by netting twice after Scott Sinclair had opened the scoring at the Liberty with a stunning individual effort.

Meanwhile, goals from Kris Boyd and former Swan Paul Anderson proved to be a consolation for Forest, as the hosts held out for their first win in four games.

Aiming to respond to a 2-1 defeat by Forest’s East Midland rivals Derby County last time out, the Swans began strongly and took the lead in the 21st minute.

Receiving the ball on the near touchline just inside the Forest half, Sinclair embarked on a pacy, skilful run into the heart of the defence before drilling past Lee Camp.

Scott Sinclair

Rodgers’ men doubled their lead six minutes later. Alan Tate produced a crisp through ball to find the onrushing Angel Rangel, who squared it for Borini to fire home his first senior goal at the second attempt after his initial effort was well-blocked.

Forest pulled a goal back right on half-time as ex-Swans loanees Anderson and Nathan Tyson combined, with the latter providing a low cross for Boyd to finish.

Nevertheless, the two-goal lead was restored in the 56th minute when Borini pounced to slot home the rebound, after Sinclair's jinking run and shot could only be parried.

Forest looked to find a way back into the contest and pulled another goal back through Anderson in the third minute of stoppage time, after the winger stuck away Garath McCleary's cross to set up a tense finish.

He was then whiskers away from finding the equaliser in the dying seconds as his glancing header from Chris Cohen's cross cannoned against the post, but the Swans held on for a crucial three points.

Federico Fernandez

Five years later, Federico Fernandez was the hero as the Swans took a huge stride towards Premier League safety with victory over Aston Villa at the Liberty.

Francesco Guidolin’s side had to withstand a great deal of first-half pressure from the visitors, who were desperately battling to avoid the drop.

But they found the breakthrough 11 minutes after the break thanks to Fernandez’s first goal for the club.

The Argentine defender beat Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick to bundle home what proved to be the winner and move the Swans 11 points clear of the relegation zone with seven matches remaining.