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Swansea ease past Baggies to go top
30 Aug 2014 17:05
Swansea 3-0 West Brom
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Swansea went top of the Premier League as West Brom were swept aside 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
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Garry Monk's men extended their 100% record to three games as a Nathan Dyer double and a spectacular volley from Wayne Routledge rewarded some excellent Swansea approach play.
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But Swansea were also aided by some pitiful defending, with West Brom still seeking their first league victory under new manager Alan Irvine.
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Swansea had the perfect start inside two minutes when Dyer picked up Wilfried Bony's lay-off and drove towards the Albion area.
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Dyer found Gylfi Sigurdsson and he took advantage of the Icelandic midfielder's clever back-heel return and Jonas Olsson's untimely slip to round Ben Foster and score his second goal in as many Premier League games.
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It was a high-tempo start from a Swansea side buoyant after opening wins over Manchester United and Burnley, and Bony and Jonjo Shelvey both tried their luck from distance against Albion opponents struggling to get a foothold in the contest.
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Bony headed over Shelvey's cross with West Brom temporarily reduced to 10 men with Olsson off the pitch, but Swansea doubled their lead after 24 minutes with a goal to remember.
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Sigurdsson centred following Chris Brunt's poor clearance and, although Craig Dawson was first to the ball, his header lacked distance.
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Routledge was onto the dropping ball in an instant and with both feet off the ground he fizzed an 18-yard volley past the helpless Foster.
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