On This Day | Canaries cast aside
Swansea City kept their hopes of automatic promotion to the Premier League very much alive with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over an in-form Norwich on April 9, 2011.
Goals from Fabio Borini, Mark Gower and Tamas Priskin moved the Swans to within a point of the second-placed Canaries, who suffered their first defeat in 10 matches.
Having put six past Scunthorpe United the previous weekend, Paul Lambert’s Norwich went straight onto the attack at the Liberty, with Dorus de Vries performing a magnificent double-saved to deny Dani Pacheco and the subsequent Grant Holt follow-up.
But within seconds, the visitors found themselves behind when Borini was brought down 30 yards from goal. After scoring twice on his debut against Nottingham Forest three weeks previously, the Italian picked himself up before unleashing a stunning side-footed free-kick into the top corner.
The Swans doubled their lead on 29 minutes when Angel Rangel’s fierce effort was blocked but only cleared as far as Gower, who fired back a sweetly struck half-volley that flew into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Norwich looked to respond after the break. Holt headed a glorious opportunity wide from six yards out, while De Vries produced another fine double-save to prevent Korey Smith from narrowing the deficit.
And Ipswich Town loanee Priskin who wrapped up the three points for the Swans deep into stoppage time.
The Hungarian chased down Zak Whitbread’s weak back pass, before beating the outrushing John Ruddy to the ball and rolling it into the empty net.
Five years later, the Swans all but secured their Premier League survival with their first-ever league win over Chelsea.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the only goal of the game at the Liberty as Francesco Guidolin’s side moved 13 points clear of the relegation zone with five games remaining.
Three years on, Graham Potter guided the Swans to a 3-1 victory over Stoke in SA1.
Daniel James’ marvellous individual goal – along with further strikes from Mike van der Hoorn and Oli McBurnie – secured a third win for the hosts in the space of seven days.