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Swansea City 2 v 1 West Bromwich Albion
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Wednesday, 20th October 2021 Kick-off 19:45
Memory lane - Swansea City 3 WBA 0. Swans go top of the Premier League
Monday, 18th Oct 2021 18:02 by Swansea Independent

Swansea briefly move top of the Premier League and enjoy their best winning run in the Premier League. This defeat was West Bromwich Albion's first of the season

Memory Lane
Nathan Dyer scored twice as Swansea ruthlessly ended West Bromwich Albion's unbeaten start with a third win to briefly go top of the Premier League. Dyer finished off a slick move by running onto Gylfi Sigurdsson's flick to fire home after just two minutes. Wayne Routledge then met a headed clearance from Craig Dawson to double the Swans' lead with a stunning volley.

Swansea created further chances after the break with Dyer stroking home his second from another Sigurdsson pass. Victory gave Swansea a third successive win for the first time as a Premier League club and, taking into account their progress in the League Cup, their best start to a season for 91 years. In contrast, there is plenty to ponder for West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine who has overseen major changes at the Hawthorns but is yet to enjoy a league win.

Swansea were not prepared to sit on their lead, Wilfried Bony clearing the crossbar with a shot and a header and Jonjo Shelvey also going close. The visitors were struggling to get into the game and fell further behind when Dawson's headed clearance fell straight to Routledge on the edge of the area, and the winger scored his first goal of the campaign with an acrobatic volley.

Things could have got still worse for the beleaguered Baggies when Routledge's ball into the area was headed onto his own bar by Jonas Olsson. Brown Ideye, making his first Premier League start, had a low shot saved by Lukasz Fabianski at the other end but a long-range effort from the Nigerian that sailed harmlessly past the post better summed up Albion's forgettable first half. The visitors made a more positive start to the second half, although Olsson's header from captain Chris Brunt's corner drifted harmlessly wide.

But Swansea remained in control as goalscorer Routledge made way for Jefferson Montero, who provided a low cross for Bony to blast over from close range. The home side sealed victory with the same players involved in the first goal featuring once again. Sigurdsson, a pivotal figure in their previous two league wins, threaded a ball through for Dyer, who outpaced the West Brom defence and slotted past Foster for a second time.

West Brom rallied late on with Stephane Sessegnon hitting the crossbar and Fabianski parrying substitute James Morrison's fierce drive. But it was as much as they could offer against a Swansea side who are growing in confidence with every game.

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I think we will settle for that come the end of the game on Wednesday night.

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