An early Ki Sung-Yueng goal was enough to secure Swansea a vital 1-0 over West Brom at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League on Boxing Day.
- Swansea 1 West Brom 0
- Ki opens scoring
- Swans domniate possession
- A match of few chances
- Swans break winless streak
It was a match of very few chances as both Swansea and West Brom looked far more interested in not losing than chasing three points.
The match was characterised by nervy passes and needlessly giving away possession as Ki Sung-Yueng's ninth minute effort seperated the sides and secure a vital win for Swansea, who had gone seven league games without a victory.
Swansea City were looking for a fast start to their encounter against West Brom in a bid to break their run of seven league games without a win and that's exactly what they got.
Just nine minutes into the match, Angel Rangel moved into the West Brom box from the right flank and toe poked his shot into the near post. The ball rebounded into Boaz Myhill's back, who tried to turn and gather the ball but Ki reacted quickest to bundle the ball into the goal.
It was a fortuitous goal to say the least but there will be a lingering feeling that Myhill should've done better in the situation.
Chances for both sides were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes as Swansea did most of the attacking, but lacked a cutting edge and West Brom looked happy to sit back and wait for a chance to counter.
The Baggies registered their first shot on goal in the 17th minute as Chris Brunt sent a powerful left-footed free kick goalward, but it deflected off a Swansea defender and over the bar.
Whatever Tony Pulis said to his side at half time worked a treat as West Brom burst out of the blocks in the second period.
Three minutes after the break James Morrison hit an ambitious volley from a good knock down by Rickie Lambert, but the shot lacked the pace needed to trouble Lukasz Fabianski.
Lambert had his own chance in the 51st minute, this time Morrison was the provider, as he rose to meet a tantalising cross, but his low header was well saved by the Swans goalkeeper.
After the early flurry, things settled down into a similar rythm to the first half and it wasn't until the 72nd minute that another chance was created by either side.
Stephane Sessegnon got the better of Neil Taylor before delivering a cross for Lambert, but it was just a bit too far ahead of him and the stretching striker could only poke the ball wide of the post.
Swansea reacted to the chance by dropping noticeably deeper to protect their lead as the Baggies set up camp inside the Swans half in search of an equaliser.
West Brom dominated possession in the dying minutes of the game, but the Swans defence held firm to claim their first league win in eight matches.