Gylfi’s Goal Gives Swansea All 3 Points
Alex Neil’s Norwich City side, once again suffered yet another defeat on the road this season. This time they were at the wrong end of a 1-0 loss to a Swansea side who found a clinical edge in a balanced affair.
The first half lacked goal mouth action and as expected was a case of two teams trying to work each other out. Norwich had slightly the better chances, with Cameron Jerome testing Fabianski with a low strike which Swansea goalkeeper parried away to safety.
Nevertheless Swansea got the all important breakthrough, in the 61st minute when Pinto was caught in possession by Wayne Routledge who orchestrated the counter attack which eventually saw former canary, Leroy Fer, play a killer ball to the feet of Sigurdsson, who dispatched calmly past the on-rushing Ruddy.
Norwich struggled to create any clear cut chances, with their odd spells of possession resulting more often than not in a turnover in play. Swansea’s goal seemed to force Alex Neil’s hand into chucking players forward, and brought on Mbokani and Bamford for Cameron Jerome and Naismith. Jerome had a decent first half but was very quiet in the opening minutes of the second half. This sees his goalless run continue, with his last goal coming against Manchester United in Norwich’s last away win back in December.
Swansea did have a few shaky moments, especially when they failed to clear their lines and almost gifted Norwich an equaliser. However they managed to regain their composure and managed to see out the remainder of the game.
Swansea will be delighted that they have recorded back to back victories in the space of 3 days, and to many are now considered to be safe from a relegation battle, at least for the time being.
On the flip side, Norwich will be wondering how they have managed to chuck away another chance to pick up points this season, against a Swansea side who in all honesty weren’t at their best. The fact that Robbie Brady seemed to have picked up an injury, will be another huge concern for Norwich fans, as in my opinion he has been one of their better players this season. That being said there was the odd positive which they can take from the game. I personally thought Timm Klose had another good performance despite the result and Patrick Bamford looked lively when he came on.
Norwich have now failed to win a match in 10 attempts, with their last win against Southampton, at the start of the year. Things don’t look much better on the road, as they’ve still only managed to win twice away from home this season (Sunderland & Manchester United) and are the only team in the league yet to earn an away clean sheet. One stat that is favourable for the canaries is, that they are yet to lose a Premier League game this season when they score first. This for me highlight’s something that Alex Neil could focus on.
Man of The Match: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Sigurdsson, scored the decisive goal which separated the two sides. That spark of quality has earned Swansea the three points today and most importantly it gives Swansea a bit of breathing space away from the relegation scrap.
Swansea face Bournemouth next, in a game between two sides who look certain to be playing Premier League football next season. Meanwhile Norwich host Manchester City in a game that usually doesn’t disappoint for goals.
Can Norwich survive, and where will Swansea finish this season?
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