Swansea off the mark in WBA win

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Updated: September 17, 2011

Swansea ended their goal drought in spectacular fashion as they claimed their maiden Premier League win with a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Scott Sinclair, the club’s top scorer last season, was the man who ended the Welsh sides 374 minutes wait for a goal when he netted a 14th minute penalty before efforts from Leroy Lita and Nathan Dyer sealed a famous win for Brendan Rogers side.

Rogers received a welcome boost before the game when skipper Gary Monk was declared fit to take his place in the line out however summer signing Danny Graham’s missed out with his place taken by another summer signing, Lita.

There was a minute’s silence prior to kick-off in memory of the four miners who lost their lives at Gleision Colliery, as well as Rodgers’ father Malachy, who died a week ago.

Swansea made a strong start to the game and went ahead on 14 minutes when Paul Scharner fouled Joe Allen to leave Sinclair with just 12 yards and Ben Foster to beat for his first of the season and the former Chelsea duly obliged slotting the ball home.

10 minutes later and Swansea were in control, Lita turning home Sinclair’s cross goal header to sent the Welsh faithful into raptures, the former Middlesbrough man also getting caught up in the moment removing his shirt to celebrate, a move that earned him a yellow card.

As expected by such an exciting start Swansea were always going to take their foot off the pedal and they allowed West Brom back into it Shane Long forcing Michael Vorm into a save before Ashley Williams made a couple of important blocks.

Sinclair was proving to be a thorn in West Brom’s and Steven Reid’s side and another strong run from the winger saw him create a chance for Allen which was blocked.

Roy Hodgson shuffled his pack at half time with Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans coming on however the subs didn’t have the desired impact as Swansea increased their lead four minutes after the break when Dyer got on the end of Lita’s flick on to fire the ball through the legs of Foster.

Brunt thought he has reduced the arrears on the hour mark however his effort was ruled out for offside while Vorm then showed his opening day form again, saving well from a Dorran’s free. However Swansea held on to claim their first three points of the season and five games in the Welsh side now sit on 5 points.

The only blot on the copy book was an injury sustained by Neil Taylor, who was stretched off after being injured in an aerial challenge with WBA striker Peter Odemwingie. The Nigerian was booked for the challenge that left Taylor on the deck and resulted in 9 minutes of injury time being added.

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