Swans claim much-needed victory

New Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin picked up a win in his first game at the helm after side beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park on Sunday.

  • Everton 1 Swansea City 2
  • Besic denied opener by woodwork
  • Sigurdsson penalty gives Swans lead
  • Cork own-goal restores parity
  • Ayew secures first win for Guidolin

Match Summary

Guidolin took over the reins from caretaker boss Alan Curtis on Monday and his tenure got off to a good start when Gylfi Sigurdsson fired the visitors in front from the penalty spot early on.

However, they were pegged back midway through the first half by an own-goal from Jack Cork, who put the ball past his goalkeeper from a corner.

The Swans, though, would respond to retake the lead through Andre Ayew towards the end of the first half and they held on the secure three much-needed points in the fight against relegation.

Full Report

It was the hosts who made the brighter start on Merseyside, with Muhamed Besic going close to breaking the deadlock on four minutes when his shot from outside the area smashed against the frame of the goal.

But the Welsh outfit took the lead with their first shot on goal when Sigurdsson converted from the spot on 17 minutes after Ayew had been brought down by Tim Howard as the goalkeeper tried to get to a weak backpass from John Stones.

The Toffees were let back into the game through fortuitous circumstances on 26 minutes as Gerard Deulofeu's corner was flicked on by Gareth Barry and Corked inadvertently put past his own keeper.

Parity lasted just eight minutes, however, with the hosts countering swiftly through Neil Taylor down the left flank and he picked out Ayew, whose first-time shot deflected up and over the head of Howard.

Roberto Martinez's side took the game to the visitors after the break but they lacked a clinical touch in the final third.

Romelu Lukaku was a fraction away from getting on the end of Deulofeu cross, before the Belgian striker forced Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski into a save with a header 12 yards out.

Seamus Coleman should have done better when he sliced an effort wide from a good position, while he wasted another golden chance in the closing stages as he missed the target from close range.