Swansea 3-4 Norwich- Report
Report of match 8th December 2012
Swansea 3-4 Norwich- Report.
Canaries stun Swans
Norwich held off Swansea's second-half fightback to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games with a thrilling 4-3 win at the Liberty Stadium.
The Canaries had stunned their high-flying hosts with goals from Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong and Grant Holt giving them a 3-0 half-time lead.
Swansea rallied through strikes from Michu and Jonathan De Guzman but Robert Snodgrass made sure of the win with an excellent free-kick before Michu netted again in injury time.
Both sides' excellent recent form suggested a tight encounter but Norwich blew those predictions out of the water with a superb first-half display to punish the sluggish Swans, who were without the injured Leon Britton.
The combination of a tigerish midfield effort from the likes of Snodgrass, Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan, and the same trio's neat link work in attack, proved too much for their hosts to contend with.
There were warning signs inside the opening seconds as Bradley Johnson met Snodgrass' corner to force a save from Gerhard Tremmel.
The pressure built as Swansea were hassled and harried out of their rhythm and Howson rattled the base of the post after seizing on Ben Davies' weak defensive header.
The Canaries took a deserved lead in the 16th minute. Snodgrass laid the ball off to Whittaker and the ex-Rangers man was allowed to run and run before cutting in and firing low past Tremmel for his first Norwich goal.
Snodgrass forced another save from Tremmel as he cut in from the right flank before Swansea briefly rediscovered some of the zip that had seen them rise as high as seventh in the table.
Their first genuine goalscoring chance came after 28 minutes. Danny Graham did well to connect with De Guzman's flicked cross, only to see his header come back off the bar.
Michu almost lucked into an equaliser five minutes later, the Spaniard's drive took a huge deflection off Wayne Routledge to leave Mark Bunn stranded, but the ball spun just wide of his right-hand post.
Swansea had been building momentum but they were stopped in their tracks as Bassong struck for the third time in four games.
Holt hoisted a cross to the far post, where the defender rose above Davies to beat Tremmel at the German's near post.
Just two minutes later it was 3-0. Snodgrass' perfectly delivered free-kick picked out an unmarked Holt, who easily steered his header beyond Tremmel to cap a superb first half for the Canaries.
Johnson almost made it 4-0 just two minutes after the break.
Angel Rangel gifted the ball to the visitors on the edge of his own box and Howson's delightful lobbed pass picked out his midfield partner who manufactured an outside of the foot volley which struck the bar.
Michu gave Swansea a route back into the game as he slotted into the far corner from Davies' low ball across the box in the 51st minute.
The Spaniard almost turned provider for Graham and Bunn had to make a sharp save to deny the striker with Norwich starting to show signs of nerves and the game bearing little resemblance to the opening 45 minutes.
Those nerves only increased as Swansea got back within a goal after 59 minutes. Nathan Dyer outpaced Javier Garrido down the flank and when his cross was not cleared De Guzman volleyed in.
Graham could have levelled eight minutes later but Garrido did superbly to intervene as the striker ran in on goal.
His replacement Itay Shechter had the ball in the net soon after as Bunn failed to hold the ball under pressure from Michu but referee Howard Webb ruled the Spaniard had fouled the keeper.
Michu then headed wide as he made a trademark late arrival into the box before Norwich doused Swansea's fire with their fourth of the afternoon.
Ashley Williams was adjudged to have hauled down Holt but was only booked by Webb despite clearly being the last man.
Snodgrass stepped up to curl home a beautiful strike from the resulting free-kick and secure the points for Norwich, meaning Michu's second in injury time was not enough for Swansea.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: White Rock Stadium Attendance: 20,294|
Michu 51, 90+3
de Guzman 59
|3 - 4||Norwich City
|90+0||Header from deep inside the penalty area by Chico goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|90+0||Miguel Michu finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Swansea 3-4 Norwich.Jonathan de Guzman provided the assist for the goal.|
|90+0||Leon Barnett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Whittaker. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line, clearance by Steve Morison.|
|88||Angel Rangel concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Morison. Booking for Angel Rangel. Javier Garrido restarts play with the free kick.|
|87||Ben Davies challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick. Russell Martin takes the direct free kick.|
|86||Effort on goal by Chico from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|85||Itay Shechter takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.|
|85||Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastien Bassong.|
|83||Effort on goal by Miguel Michu from inside the box misses to the right of the target.|
|81||Steve Morison comes on in place of Grant Holt.|
|80||Javier Garrido produces a cross, clearance made by Sung-Yeung Ki.|
|80||Anthony Pilkington produces a cross, Ben Davies manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Anthony Pilkington from the left by-line.|
|79||Nathan Dyer has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|78||A cross is delivered by Jonathan de Guzman, clearance made by Bradley Johnson. Inswinging corner taken by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.|
|74||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Ashley Williams. Booking for Ashley Williams for unsporting behaviour.|
|74||The ball is delivered by Ben Davies, Miguel Michu has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.|
|73||Russell Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Itay Shechter. Miguel Michu takes the free kick.|
|72||Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Miguel Michu misses to the left of the goal.|
|72||Grant Holt challenges Chico unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chico.|
|70||Jonathan de Guzman sends in a cross, Javier Garrido manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman, Ashley Williams takes a shot. Free kick awarded for a foul by Miguel Michu on Mark Bunn.|
|69||Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki. Free kick taken by Miguel Michu.|
|67||Danny Graham leaves the field to be replaced by Itay Shechter.|
|65||The ball is crossed by Anthony Pilkington.|
|62||Chico concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Holt. Centre by Javier Garrido, Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|62||The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Bunn.|
|61||Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line.|
|61||Miguel Michu takes a shot. Steven Whittaker gets a block in.|
|57||Nathan Dyer delivers the ball, clearance by Javier Garrido. A goal is scored by Jonathan de Guzman from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 2-3 Norwich.Nathan Dyer provided the assist for the goal.|
|57||Grant Holt fouled by Angel Rangel, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.|
|57||The ball is swung over by Ben Davies.|
|55||Danny Graham takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a save.|
|52||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Wesley Hoolahan. Jonathan de Guzman delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save made by Mark Bunn.|
|51||Foul by Bradley Johnson on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Chico takes the direct free kick.|
|50||Miguel Michu finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Swansea 1-3 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from Ben Davies.|
|47||Bradley Johnson has a volleyed shot.|
|45||Angel Rangel sends in a cross, blocked by Javier Garrido. Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line, clearance made by Robert Snodgrass.|
|44||Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Martin on Miguel Michu. Caution for Russell Martin. Sung-Yeung Ki fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Mark Bunn makes a save.|
|42||Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, Grant Holt scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Swansea 0-3 Norwich.The assist for the goal came from Robert Snodgrass.|
|40||Grant Holt is caught offside. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.|
|39||Sebastien Bassong scores a headed goal from close range. Swansea 0-2 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from Grant Holt.|
|38||Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Chico, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Chico makes a clearance.|
|33||Unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Jonathan de Guzman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wesley Hoolahan.|
|33||Miguel Michu takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan de Guzman.|
|30||Anthony Pilkington is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Chico.|
|29||The ball is delivered by Angel Rangel, Header by Miguel Michu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.|
|27||Danny Graham takes a shot.|
|25||Shot by Robert Snodgrass. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|22||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Sung-Yeung Ki. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right channel, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.|
|20||Jonathan Howson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki. Jonathan de Guzman produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.|
|19||Bradley Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Direct free kick taken by Chico.|
|18||Unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Ben Davies results in a free kick. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.|
|17||Ben Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Holt. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right wing, Ben Davies makes a clearance.|
|16||Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Chico. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Williams.|
|15||A goal is scored by Steven Whittaker from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 0-1 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from Robert Snodgrass.|
|14||A cross is delivered by Anthony Pilkington, save made by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|13||Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|13||Jonathan Howson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that hits the post.|
|9||Shot from just outside the box by Danny Graham misses to the right of the target.|
|4||Headed effort from inside the area by Danny Graham misses to the left of the target.|
|-||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, Bradley Johnson takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.|