FULL-TIME: Den Haag 0 Swans 1
13th July 2013
The Swans signed off their tour of Holland on a winning note as Wayne Routelge's goal sealed a 1-0 win over ADO Den Haag.
Michael Laudrup's side enjoyed the majority of possession and chances, but Routledge's 21st-minute goal - a neat lob over keeper Gino Coutinho - proved the difference as club record signing Wilfried Bony made his first appearance as a Swan.
This victory meant the Swans completed the tour with a perfect 100 per cent win rate after topping FC Gravenzande, Excelsior Maassluis and Haaglandia.
ADO DEN HAAG: Gino Coutinho, Dion Malone, Vito Wormgoor, Tom Beugelsdijk, Danny Holla (capt), Kevin Jansen (Malcolm Esajas, 80), Aaron Meijers (Christian Supusepa, 77), Mike van Duinen, Tjaronn Chery, Ninos Gouriye, Ricky van Haaren.
SWANS (first half): Gerhard Tremmel, Angel Rangel, Garry Monk, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Jose Canas, Jonjo Shelvey, Alejandro Pozuelo, Pablo Hernandez, Wayne Routledge, Michu.
SWANS (second half): Gerhard Tremmel, Jazz Richards, Jordi Amat, Ashley Williams (Kenji Gorre, 73), Ben Davies, Leon Britton, Ki Sung-Yueng, Alejandro Pozuelo (Jonathan de Guzman, 66), Nathan Dyer, Roland Lamah, Wilfried Bony.
The Swans are without Chico Flores and Rory Donnelly for the final friendly of the tour of Holland with ADO Den Haag.
Flores has flown home for family reasons while Donnelly, who scored four goals in three games out here, has been recalled to play for Swans Under-21s.
With Michu starting up front, record signing Wilfried Bony is expected to feature in the second half.
The Swans almost got off to a perfect start with just six minutes on the clock. Michu touched inside to Pablo Hernandez just inside the Den Haag half, and when the Spaniard chipped his pass through the home defence, Wayne Routledge raced on and rounded keeper Gino Coutinho but he could only shoot into the side-netting from an acute angle.
Michael Laudrup's side went close again, this time Jonjo Shelvey raced on and crossed to Michu, but the Spaniard's diving header just dropped past the far corner.
And the goal they deserved arrived after 21 minutes. Shelvey found Routledge about 20 yards out, and the winger controlled beautifully before scooping his effort over the on-rushing Coutinho.
Shelvey then tried his luck from 45 yards, having spotted the keeper off his line. But the England international's shot dropped onto the top of the net with Coutinho having raced back in time.
The away pressure continued, with Michu failing to connect properly when Hernandez crossed from the right, then Garry Monk headed wide from a Alejandro Pozuelo corner.
Michu was then booked for the second time on the tour following a late challenge, and minutes later he volleyed wide from ten yards from Routledge's cross from the left.
Centre-back Tom Beugelsdijk was then cautioned after clattering Michu, and from the resulting free-kick Hernandez curled high and wide from 25 yards.
And that was the end of the action in the first half, with the Swans well in control at the Kyocera Stadion.
Half-time: ADO Den Haag 0 Swans 1
Laudrup made eight changes at the break, with Wilfried Bony coming on for his first appearance since joining from Vitesse Arnhem for £12million.
But it was Pozuelo who asked the first question of the home defence as he latched onto Ki Sung-Yueng's through ball into the box but the Spaniard's weak effort was easily saved.
The hosts then pushed forward, and when Leon Britton was dispossessed, Ninos Gouriye's shot took a deflection before dropping onto the top of the net with Gerhard Tremmel scrambling back towards his line.
Jonathan de Guzman then replaced Pozuelo as the Dutchman got his first minutes of the tour after he rejoined on loan.
And seconds later the home keeper had to be at his best to dive low to deny Bony a first Swansea goal, before Ben Davies' powerful shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Bony was at it again soon after, heading Dyer's cross straight at Coutinho before his sublime backheel pass sent Kenji Gorre - on for Ashley Williams - in on goal, but he fired high and wide.
Roland Lamah then left the defence behind as his pace took him into the box, but his attempted pass inside to Bony was just in front of the striker.
There would be no first goal for Bony, however, with the final whistle bringing an end to the game and the tour.