sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,294
SwanseaSwanseavNorwichNorwich
3
  • Michu, 51
  • De Guzmán, 59
  • Michu, 90+3
4
  • Whittaker, 16
  • Bassong, 40
  • Holt, 44
  • Snodgrass, 77

live commentary

90 mins:FULL TIME: SWANSEA 3-4 NORWICH. What a game! Late drama as Swansea almost pull it out of the fire having been out of it at half time. The hosts comeback proved to be too little too late after a poor defensive display in the first 45 minutes.

90 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 3-4 NORWICH. Surely it's too little too late as De Guzman's deep cross is nodded inside the far post by MICHU for his second.

90 mins:We are into injury time now and you'd have to say that Norwich have the points wrapped up and on the coach back to East Anglia.

88 mins:And here is another chance but Chico Flores cannot keep his header down.

87 mins:Swansea are still pressing on and trying to get something out of this game but Shechter's shot is well blocked by a flying Bassong.

86 mins:Here come Swansea again with Routledge sliding the ball through and Michu twiats and turns before firing narrowly wide.

84 mins:A change for Norwich with Grant Holt taken off and Steve Morison comes on.

83 mins:A cross towards the far post is met by a stretching Michu at the far post but he can't quite keep it in play.

81 mins:Into the final ten minutes now and unless Swansea can score quickly then this one should drift slowly towards a Norwich win.

79 mins:Surely that goal from Snodgrass will be the final nail in the coffin for Swansea today and Norwich look to be on their way to a first win away from home this season.

77 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 2-4 NORWICH. Game over now? ROBERT SNODGRASS curls the free-kick over the wall and leaves Tremmel motionless as it finds the corner of the net.

75 mins:Now a booking for Swansea as Ashley Williams pulls back a marauding Holt.

73 mins:The pressure is relentless and Routledge picks out an unmarked Michu on the penalty spot but he heads wide.

72 mins:Swansea think this is the moment as Bunn drops De Guzman's free-kick and Shechter pokes it home but a free-kick has already been given.

70 mins:Norwich are really struggling to deal with the Swans at the moment and it looks like only a matter of time until they find the equaliser.

68 mins:A change for Sunderland with Danny Graham being replaced by Itay Shechter.

67 mins:Swansea are now appealing for a penalty as Graham hits the deck after a challenge from Garrido but referee Howard Webb waves play on.

65 mins:Superb work from Nathan Dyer as he snaps into a challenge and wins the ball back for Swansea to give Michu a shooting chance that is well saved.

63 mins:Swansea are keeping the tempo high and are simply running all over the visitors now.

61 mins:We could be in for a superb last half an hour here as Swansea go in search of a dramatic equaliser that would complete a sensational comeback.

59 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 2-3 NORWICH. Here we go! The hosts are well and truly back in the game now as Nathan Dyer gets to the byline and his cutback is smashed in by JONATHAN DE GUZMAN.

58 mins:Norwich need to get back to what they were doing so well in the first half which was keeping the ball and slowly ramping up the pressure on the hosts.

57 mins:In the blink of an eye Swansea find themselves in behind with Graham staring into the whites of Bunn's eyes but fires straight at him.

55 mins:Good stop! De Guzman swings a cross deep towards the far post and with Michu waiting to nod in at the far post Mark Bunn dives over the collection of bodies to claim.

53 mins:If the Swans can get another one relatively quickly then anything could be possible in this game.

51 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 1-3 NORWICH. Or maybe not? A lovely move from the hosts ends with Routledge squaring across the six yard box for MICHU to tap home at the far post.

50 mins:It doesn't look like Michael Laudrup's half time words of wisdom have done much to improve his team's display. The Canaries are still bossing it.

48 mins:Off the bar! Norwich have started superbly again and and a delightful move ends with Johnson lifting a superb flick over Tremmel but it won't come down quickly enough and clips the bar.

46 mins:The second period is underway at the Liberty Stadium.

45 mins:HALF TIME: SWANSEA 0-3 NORWICH. There is the half time whistle! Nobody would have predicted this half time scoreline but Norwich have been excellent.

45 mins:A first booking of the game as Michu is brought down by Russell Martin.

44 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 0-3 NORWICH. Free header! Swansea can't defend set-pieces today and Snodgrass' free-kick is met by an unmarked GRANT HOLT to head past Tremmel.

42 mins:Well, who saw this coming? The Canaries are sitting pretty as we approach half time.

40 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 0-2 NORWICH. Superb header! After a spell of Swansea pressure the Canaries win a corner and SEBASTIEN BASSONG rises highest to head beyond a helpless Tremmel.

37 mins:Michael Laudrup will be pleased with how his side are now playing. After a slow start they are looking increasingly dangerous.

35 mins:Swansea come again and Michu lets fly from long range and, after deflecting off Martin, his shot can only be watched drift wide by Bunn. That was close.

33 mins:This is much better from Swansea now and De Guzman looks to flick through to Graham again but Bassong gets a foot to it.

31 mins:That chance just seems to heva lifted the spirits for Swansea and suddenly there passing is a lot crisper.

29 mins:Should be 1-1! A delicious cross from De Guzman finds the run of Danny Graham as he peels of his man at the far post but he heads against the underside of the bar.

27 mins:And here is the Scottish international making his way into the box with the ball at his feet and firing the ball straight at Gerhard Tremmel.

25 mins:Norwich are really enjoying themselves here in South Wales and Snodgrass is seeing plenty of the ball.

22 mins:Swansea finally get forward again to give themselves a chance with De Guzman's free-kick but he slams it into the wall.

20 mins:Norwich are still pressing forward and Snodgrass has the chance to go for goal with a free-kick but it flies horribly over.

18 mins:Norwich finally have their just reward for a superb start that the Canaries have made here. Will it spark the hosts into life?

16 mins:GOAL: SWANSEA 0-1 NORWICH. It was coming! STEVEN WHITTAKER is in acres of space as he drives into the box completely unopposed to fire low beyond the legs of Tremmel.

15 mins:Norwich continue to press and Tremmel has to be at his best to deny Holt's header and then Howson's follow up. Swansea are all over the place at the back.

13 mins:Off the post! Jonny Howson's powerful drive beats Tremmel but crashes back off the base of the post.

10 mins:Half a chance for Swansea as Ben Davies overlaps and cuts it back for Danny Graham but his shot on the turn is always rising over the bar.

7 mins:Norwich have started this game very brightly and they are keeping the ball well against the usually possessive Swans.

5 mins:Good save! Another corner for Norwich and this time Bradley Johnson gets there first with a firm header but Tremmel denies him.

2 mins:An early corner for Norwich and Robert Snodgrass whips it in but Swansea clear this time.

1 mins:We are underway in South Wales.

Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Whittaker, Garrido, Johnson, Snodgrass, Howson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Routledge, de Guzman, Ki, Michu, Graham.

Norwich have turned things around after a horrific start to the season and now find themselves in mid-table after victory over Sunderland last time out.

The men from South Wales were excellent in their defeat of Arsenal at the Emirates last week and will be hoping to carry that sort of performance back to home turf today.

Welcome to the Liberty Stadium as Swansea host in-form Norwich.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,294
SwanseaSwanseavNorwichNorwich
3
  • Michu, 51
  • De Guzmán, 59
  • Michu, 90+3
4
  • Whittaker, 16
  • Bassong, 40
  • Holt, 44
  • Snodgrass, 77

match report

Norwich City survived a second-half fightback from Swansea City to record their first away victory of the season in the Premier League in a thrilling contest which extended their unbeaten run to nine games in the top flight.

The successful spell for Norwich also sees them go 10 matches unbeaten in all competitions and it is a remarkable statistic for a team who had been tipped for relegation at the beginning of the campaign.

It was a dream first half for Chris Hughton's visitors as they took a three-goal lead through Steven Whittaker's solo effort and headers from Sebastien Bassong, his third goal in four games, and Grant Holt.

Michael Laudrup's Swansea, though, emerged a team with intent following half-time and scored twice before the hour mark through Michu and Jonathan de Guzman to set up a dramatic final half-an-hour in Wales.

But Norwich could breathe a little easier when the excellent Robert Snodgrass curled in a fine free-kick to mean Michu's injury-time header gave Swansea only a small reason to cheer before the final whistle.

The Canaries took a deserved lead in the 16th minute, when Snodgrass laid the ball off to Whittaker and the ex-Rangers man was allowed to run before cutting in and firing low past Gerhard Tremmel for his first Norwich goal.

Swansea had been building momentum but they were stopped in their tracks as Bassong met Holt's 40th minute cross to make it 2-0.

And just two minutes later, it was 3-0, with Snodgrass' perfectly delivered free-kick picking out an unmarked Holt, who easily steered his header beyond Tremmel to cap a superb first half for the Canaries.

Michu gave Swansea a route back into the game as he slotted into the far corner from Davies' low ball across the box in the 51st minute.

And Norwich's nerves only increased as Swansea got back within a goal on 59 minutes, when Nathan Dyer outpaced Javier Garrido down the flank and, when his cross was not cleared, De Guzman volleyed in.

Substitute Itay Shechter had the ball in the net soon after as Mark Bunn failed to hold the ball under pressure from Michu but referee Howard Webb ruled the Spaniard had fouled the goalkeeper.

Swansea's hopes were then over when Snodgrass stepped up to curl home a beautiful strike from a 77th minute free-kick, meaning Michu's second in injury time was not enough.

team line-up

25Gerhard Tremmel
6Ashley Williams
33Ben Davies
4Chico
22Angel Rangel
9Michu
12Nathan Dyer
20Jonathan De Guzmán
24Ki Sung-Yueng
15Wayne Routledge
10Danny Graham69

substitutes

13David Cornell
2Kyle Bartley
19Luke Moore
21Dwight Tiendalli
26Kemy Agustien
16Garry Monk
17Itay Shechter69

referee

Howard Webb

team line-up

28Mark Bunn
3Steven Whittaker92
18Javier Garrido
2Russell Martin
5Sébastien Bassong
8Jonathan Howson
12Anthony Pilkington
7Robert Snodgrass
4Bradley Johnson
9Grant Holt83
14Wes Hoolahan

substitutes

17Elliott Bennett
20Leon Barnett92
13Declan Rudd
10Simeon Jackson
16Steve Morison83
23Marc Tierney
15David Fox

referee

Howard Webb

match stats

possession %6633
shots on target57
shots off target112
corners62
tackles won810
offsides11