On This Day: Graham downs the Reds
Swansea City ended their debut Premier League season in style with an impressive 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the Liberty on May 13, 2012.
Danny Graham’s 14th goal of the season 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, Andy Carroll’s spectacular overhead kick forced Michel Vorm into producing magnificent reflexes to deny him.
However, it was the hosts who snatched victory four minutes from time as Angel Rangel’s low centre was swept home by Graham, who secured a pleasing 11th-place finish on the Swans’ return to the top flight.
Swansea City team: 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.