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Snapshot: Flying Shef

It was February 2010, and Kuqi was wearing the Swans shirt for just the sixth time having arrived at the Liberty from German club Koblenz the previous month.

His first Swans strike had been a winner at Crystal Palace, and he repeated the trick against Nigel Clough’s Rams.

Kuqi met David Cotterill’s free-kick with a header which secured a 1-0 victory in a stormy game where both sides were reduced to 10 men.

Derby’s Jay McEveley was sent off for two bookings before substitute Gorka Pintado saw red after a lunge at Robbie Savage.

Paulo Sousa’s resilient Swans were fourth in the Championship table after this win, which came courtesy of their 18th clean sheet of the season.

However, they would miss out on the play-offs on the final day of the campaign after failing to beat Doncaster Rovers.

Kuqi, who scored seven goals in 24 appearances, joined Derby on loan later that year and then moved on to Newcastle.

 

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