It was quick passing that was the catalyst for Swansea’s 0-2 win over West Bromwich Albion; the home team simply could not shut down the Swans ball movement, and as a result were constantly caught on the counter-attack.
For the 24,800 fans at The Hawthorns, it was a gloomy afternoon, characterized by niggling fouls and poor ball retention. West Brom simply could not get good supply to their lone striker and were often pinned in their own half, defending doggedly.
Swansea scored their first goal in the 24th minute after interplay between Sigurdsson and Routledge. On the ball, the Swansea striker was a constant menace. He burst into the penalty box, evaded a tackle by Nyom, and scored from 12 yards.
Routledge bursts into the penalty box on his way to scoring Swansea’s first goal of the match.
West Brom were fortunate to go to half time losing by only one goal; there were other missed opportunities for Swansea, who could have lead by three at the break, given an ounce of luck.
It didn’t affect the result. In the second half, Swansea were again dominant. In the 51st minute Britton played a sublime ball through for Routledge to run on to. The striker shrugged off a challenge, dribbled into the box and then held off would-be tacklers long enough to get a shot on goal. Only the athletic ability of West Brom’s keeper, Foster, denied the Swans a second goal.
Top: Britton on the ball, playing a perfect pass through to Routledge.
Bottom: Routledge shrugging off challenges to fire a shot on goal that was well saved by the West Bromwich Albion keeper.
Swansea were on the attack again just ten minutes later when a cross from the left wing hit Routledge at the far corner of the penalty box. He laid off a neat inside pass to Britton who had loomed up from the midfield in support. His finish was poor, missing from point-blank range.
Britton in front of goal. The midfielder should have done better from close range.
Swansea sealed the result in the 75th minute when West Bromwich turned over possession in a dangerous area of the pitch. Sigurdsson got on the ball and looked up. Ahead of him, Routledge was completely unmarked.
Top: Sigurdsson wins the ball and looks downfield to see Routledge completely unmarked on the turnover of possession.
Bottom: Routledge through the defense and on his way to scoring Swansea’s second goal to seal the match.
The midfielder played the ball quickly and West Brom’s defenders were unable to recover from the counter-attack. Routledge had only the keeper to beat. He made no mistake with the opportunity, doubling Swansea’s lead and putting the result beyond doubt.