Graham Strike Bags Points for Swansea

Updated: February 4, 2012

West Brom 1-2 Swansea
A frantic five minutes in the second half decided this one at the Hawthorns, with Marc-Antoine Fortune’s 54th minute strike quickly wiped out by Gylfi Sigurdsson less than a minute later, before Danny Graham popped up with the winner just before the hour mark.

The Swans picked up only their second win on the road this season, while West Brom’s poor form at home continues to put a strain on their progression, with only eight of their 26 points picked up at the Hawthorns.

Sigurdsson was terrific throughout, completely controlling the centre of the park as the visitors dominated for long spells. They were well worth the three points in a week which saw them take unlucky not to take all three points off Chelsea.
Swansea had all the chances in the opening half hour, with both Sigurdsson and Joe Allen wasting decent opportunities, and Angel Rangel also having an effort deflected narrowly wide.
Albion rallied briefly just before the break, with Jonas Olsson’s flick forcing a block from Sigurdsson. Michel Vorm also had to be bright when moments later Olsson tried a similar flick from a Graham Dorrans free kick.
In truth this period was the only time the Baggies looked particularly threatening, and it was against the run of play that Fortune put them in front, latching onto a flicked header from Olsson.
It took just four minutes for Swansea to take the points. First man-of-the-match Sigurdsson side-footed home a Neil Taylor cross, then Sigurdsson turned provider to supply a low cross for Graham to claim his tenth goal of the season.
Odemwingie missed a guilt-edge opportunity to earn Albion an unlikely point when he blasted over with the goal at his mercy, but it would have been an injustice for Brendan Rogers’ men to come away with anything less than three points from the Black Country.
Swansea returned to the top half of the table with the win, sitting tenth on 30 points. Albion missed the chance to leapfrog their opponents and sit fifteenth on 26 points.

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