FULL-TIME: Yeovil 0 Swans 5

19th July 2013

The Swans continued their big build up towards the Europa League and Barclays Premier League campaigns with a fine 5-0 friendly victory at Yeovil Town's Huish Park.

Goals from Michu, Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez, Rory Donnelly and Alejandro Pozuelo did the damage, although the Swans were grateful to goalkeeper Michel Vorm for the clean-sheet with three fine saves.

The Swans now move on to Exeter City on Sunday (3pm) for their second friendly in the West Country.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup brought a strong squad for their friendly with newly-promoted Championship club Yeovil Town at Huish Park.
The only senior players missing were Chico Flores (thigh) and new signing Wilfried Bony who is awaiting his work permit clearance.

Swans: Michel Vorm, Jazz Richards, Ben Davies, Jordi Amat, Ashley Williams (capt), Leon Britton, Jonathan De Guzman, Jonjo Shelvey, Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez, Michu.
Subs: Neil Taylor, Rory Donnelly, Wayne Routledge, Garry Monk, Gerhard Tremmel, Ki Sung-Yueng, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jose Canas, Angel Rangel.

Yeovil: Stech, Ayling, Webster ©, Seaborne, Dawson, Upson, Foley, Ngoo, Madden, Edwards, Twumasi.
Subs: Hayter, Stewart, Moore, Hoskins, Young, Konadu, Clifford, Jones, Grant.

Yeovil got things underway in the sweltering heat and on a perfect pitch at Huish Park.

The Swans were in a fluent mood early on though as new boy Jonjo Shelvey added a longer pass to Swansea's intricate play.

Good combination play to find Pablo Hernandez and then Ben Davies down the left saw Michu come close with a header after six minutes, while brave defending at the other end prevented Paddy Madden finding a way through on the edge of the area. 

Swansea were enjoying the majority of possession while just failing to find the killer final ball, while it took a good interception clearance from Davies to prevent Joseph Edwards finding Madden in a good position inside the area for Yeovil.

But with 25 minutes gone, neither side had been able to test the keepers.

That was until Michu came to life in front of goal two minutes later. Shelvey won the ball on halfway and Hernandez was in support to slip a great ball through for Michu who applied the perfect finish into the bottom corner to give the Swans the lead.

Having taken the lead, the Swans got a bit sloppy with their passing out of defence in the 37th minute and Edward Upson flashed a 25-yard drive just wide of Michel Vorm's right post.

Yeovil were enjoying a good spell as the half came to a close and it took a fine save from Vorm to deny Kevin Dawson's fierce drive in the 40th minute.

Swansea responded with a blocked shot from Nathan Dyer, before Hernandez fired the rebound over.

Yeovil still finished the stronger though and it took a brave save from Vorm a minute from time to deny Madden inside the six-yard area.


Half-time: Yeovil 0 Swans 1

The Swans made two changes for the start of the second-half with Angel Rangel replacing Jazz Richards and Alejandro Pozuelo coming on for Jonathan De Guzman.

For Yeovil, James Hayter replaced Michael Ngoo.

The home side made a good start as Billy Clifford fired into the side-netting before Vorm again produced another superb save to deny Sam Foley an easy equaliser with 52 minutes gone.

Five minutes later and the Swans nearly increased their lead when a patient build up saw Pozuelo produce a neat bit of skill to send Hernandez racing clear into the area. But the Spaniard directed his shot inches the wrong side of the far post.

The Spanish due combined again in the 61st minute. This time the sweeping move brought Swansea's second as a neat one-two between Hernandez and Pozuelo saw the latter drive a low cross across the face of goal for an easy tap in for Nathan Dyer.

The second goal brought three immediate changes as goalscorer Dyer was replaced by Wayne Routledge; Garry Monk came on for Jordi Amat and Rory Donnelly for Michu.

Routledge made a telling contribution after 71 minutes as he created the Swans' third goal when he weaved his way into the area before pulling the perfect ball back for Pablo Hernandez to fire into the roof of the net from eight yards.

It gave the Swans a comfortable 3-0 lead.

That lead was increased in the 75th minute when Hernandez picked out Rory Donnelly and the young Irishman unleashed a screamer into the top corner. 

The Swans rang the changes again with Jose Canas, Ki Sung-Yueng and Neil Taylor replacing Britton, Shelvey and Davies.

Routledge forced a fine save from Marek Stech with seven minutes remaining, before Alejandro Pozuelo added the fifth a minute from time after Rangel had picked him out with a perfect cross.

It completed a fine night's work.