Swansea City moved out of the relegation zone with a tight 1-0 win against Everton in their Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday night.
- Swansea City 1 Everton 0
- Llorente gives hosts shock lead
- Ayew denied by the woodwork
- Swans climb out of bottom-three
After a good start, the Swans scored through a Fernando Llorente header from a Jordan Ayew cross. Ronald Koeman's side had the majority of chances late on but could not convert them.
IT'S ALL OVER! THREE HUGE POINTS! ?
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 6, 2017
The hosts started brightly as they were clearly buoyed by Hull's loss to Sunderland. They had shouts for a penalty turned down by referee Martin Atkinson in the 24th minute after Dominic Calvert-Lewin appeared to bring down Kyle Naughton.
The Swans then opened the scoring after Jordan Ayew dribbled past Gareth Barry and clipped in a cross which was well met by Llorente to put the Welsh club ahead.
They piled the pressure on the visitors in search of a second goal. Alfie Mawson's shot from the six-yard box was well blocked by Mason Holgate in the 33rd minute.
The Toffees saw more of the ball in the second half as Swansea started to sit back and defend their lead.
They came close to equalising in the 52nd minute after Ross Barkley whipped in a cross which Phil Jagielka could not direct goalwards. Ayew then cannoned a shot off the post after a wayward effort from Ki Sung-yueng fell to him in the 55th minute.
Paul Clement's men had another chance to extend their lead in the 69th minute after Federico Fernandez met a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner, but his header was deflected over the bar by the shoulder of Barkley.
The Swans put all 11 men behind the goal to protect their lead in the final 10 minutes, although Everton had a final chance in the 87th minute when Barkley's free-kick was flicked on by Kevin Mirallas, but it narrowly avoided Ashley Williams.
FT: Swansea 1-0 Everton. An improved second 45 and a rally in the closing stages is too little, too late as Blues leave Wales empty-handed. pic.twitter.com/dnV48VSPcQ
— Everton (@Everton) May 6, 2017