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Swansea 1 Manchester United 1 – Match report

Swansea 1 Manchester United 1: Reds frustrated as Michu's goal gives Swans share of the points

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UPDATED:

16:13 GMT, 23 December 2012

Manchester United missed the chance to extend their lead in the title race to six points as Michu came out on top in the battle of the Barclays Premier League's top scorers at the Liberty Stadium.

Patrice Evra had given United the lead in the 16th minute as he headed home from a Robin van Persie corner.

But Swansea continued their good record against the top-flight big guns as Michu finished from close range to move clear of Van Persie with his 13th league goal of the season.

Flat out: Michu makes it 1-1 as goalkeeper David de Gea lies on the ground

Flat out: Michu makes it 1-1 as goalkeeper David de Gea lies on the ground

Match facts:

Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton (Ki 62), Agustien (Shechter 88), De Guzman (Moore 71), Routledge, Michu.

Subs not used: Tremmel, Graham, Monk, Richards.

Goal: Michu 29

Booked: De Guzman, Williams

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia (Hernandez 62), Carrick, Cleverley (Scholes 86), Young, Rooney (Giggs 78), van Persie.

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Welbeck, Fletcher, Buttner.

Goal: Evra 16

Booked: Jones, Rooney, Van Persie, Scholes

Referee: Michael Oliver

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United will hold a four-point lead over Manchester City at Christmas but will be left to rue a series of missed chances during the final half hour when they piled the pressure on their hosts.

Swansea felt they had shown United too much respect during this fixture last season but, after a slow start, they showed little sign of being overawed as they took the game to the visitors.

Dwight Tiendalli flashed a threatening ball across the six-yard box before Kemy Agustien freed Michu with a superb long ball, but the Spaniard sliced high and wide.
David De Gea easily saved weak efforts from Wayne Routledge and Michu, but United halted the hosts' building momentum as they took the lead.

Wayne Rooney had already warmed Michel Vorm's hands with a stinging drive before Evra put the visitors ahead, arriving to glance a header in off the far post from a Van Persie corner.

But Swansea recovered well from the blow and Jonathan de Guzman had the ball in the net two minutes later, but the effort was ruled out for Michu blocking off Jonny Evans as the midfielder advanced.

All square: Michu scores the equiliser for Swansea

All square: Michu scores the equiliser for Swansea

Levelling up: Michu celebrates making it 1-1 just before the half hour mark

Levelling up: Michu celebrates making it 1-1 just before the half hour mark

The Liberty Stadium faithful were further angered when Phil Jones was given only a yellow card for a clumsy lunge on Ben Davies, although replays suggested referee Michael Oliver had got the decision right.

But it was United who felt they had been victims of an injustice as Michu levelled on the half hour mark.
Evra was caught out by De Guzman's clever run and when De Gea could only parry the Dutchman's angled shot, Michu was on hand to tap in.

Not going to plan: Wayne Rooney , Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick look on after Swansea level the scores

Not going to plan: Wayne Rooney , Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick look on after Swansea level the scores

Sir Alex Ferguson was visibly angered that Van Persie was not awarded a free-kick after he and Chico Flores went to ground following the Spaniard's challenge seconds before the equaliser, and the United boss made his feelings known to referee Oliver at the break.

The goal added an extra bite to Swansea's play and they had the better of the remainder of the opening half.
De Guzman and Routledge were becoming increasingly influential for the hosts and the former should have done better after working his way into the United box on the byline, only to shoot straight at De Gea with several team-mates well placed.

High riser: Patrice Evra heads United into the lead

High riser: Patrice Evra heads United into the lead

Head boy: Patrice Evra watches his header go in the back of the net

Head boy: Patrice Evra watches his header go in the back of the net

Goal rush: Evra celebrates scoring his third goal of the season

Goal rush: Evra celebrates scoring his third goal of the season

But United offered a remainder of their quality in first half stoppage time when Evra easily got past Nathan Dyer and intelligently pulled the ball back to Rooney, but the England forward fired directly at Vorm.

The second half started at a furious pace and there were chances for both sides.

Michu again headed over and De Gea had to stand firm to repel Routledge's close-range strike.

Body on the line: Ashley Williams gets across to block Wayne Rooney's shot

Body on the line: Ashley Williams gets across to block Wayne Rooney's shot

At the other end Ashley Williams made two superb blocks to stop goalbound efforts from Rooney and Ashley Young after Swansea twice surrendered possession cheaply.

United were finally exerting some authority and Van Persie came close to putting them back in front as he cleverly diverted a Rooney cross goalwards, only to see his effort cannon away off the bar.

Substitute Javier Hernandez wasted another presentable chance as he failed to control Van Persie's astute pass and Vorm gratefully held the Mexican's deflected strike.

Looking for his man: Ashley Young prepares to cross the ball

Looking for his man: Ashley Young prepares to cross the ball

Off target: Williams again gets in the way, this time to stop Van Persie

Off target: Williams again gets in the way, this time to stop Van Persie

Protecting the ball: Nathan Dyer fends off the challenge of Evra

Protecting the ball: Nathan Dyer fends off the challenge of Evra

Worse was to follow for United when Rooney dispossessed Chico Flores but allowed the defender to get back and intercept a slack pass which should have given Hernandez an easy finish, much to the fury of his manager.

Tempers flared as United frustrations grew. Van Persie was struck on the head by a Williams clearance after being brought down on the edge of the box leading to some pushing and shoving and a booking apiece for the central protagonists.

Head case: Williams lashes the ball against the neck of floored United striker Van Persie

Head case: Williams lashes the ball against the neck of floored United striker Van Persie

Pulled apart: Williams and Van Persie had to be separated by their team-mates

Pulled apart: Williams and Van Persie had to be separated by their team-mates

Ref rage: An angry Sir Alex Ferguson complains to fourth official Lee Probert after the incident

Ref rage: An angry Sir Alex Ferguson complains to fourth official Lee Probert after the incident

Swansea were by now under incessant pressure.

Vorm tipped a Carrick header against the bar while Van Persie and Young were denied by blocks from Williams and Davies, although there was a suspicion of handball about the latter, as Swansea held out.

Swansea 3West Brom 1 match report: Michu and Wayne Routledge score for Swans

Swansea 3 West Brom 1: What a Liberty! It's a Routledge rout as Baggies bubble bursts

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It's a touch premature to say West Brom’s wheels have come off, but they certainly looked a little rickety.

Three goals down and counting their blessings after 40 minutes, they were served a cold reality check on a cold night that the Barclays Premier League is not so easy after all.

They were third in the table coming in, a quite phenomenal feat for this club in this division, and one reflected by the stats that showed their haul of 26 points from 13 games was their best start to a top-flight season since 1953.

All white on the night: Swansea are unbeaten in their last five games and moved up to eighth in the table

All white on the night: Swansea are unbeaten in their last five games and moved up to eighth in the table

Match facts

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies, Britton, Hernandez (De Guzman 74), Ki, Dyer (Moore 64), Routledge, Michu (Agustien 86). Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli.

Goals: Michu 9, Routledge 11, 39.

West Brom: Myhill, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Jones, Yacob, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Odemwingie, Lukaku. Subs not used: Daniels, Popov, Rosenberg, Long, Dorrans, Tamas, Fortune.

Booked: McAuley, Brunt, Olsson, Jones.

Goal: Lukaku 45.

Referee: Lee Mason.

Attendance: 20,377.

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But, courtesy of Michu and Wayne
Routledge, it all went so horribly wrong for But, courtesy of Michu and
Wayne Routledge, it all went so horribly wrong for Steve Clarke.

Youssouf Mulumbu, who missed the 4-2
win at Sunderland with a hamstring strain, was recalled to fill one of
the defensive midfield slots, with Claudio Yacob next to him in Steve
Clarke’s 4-2-3-1 system.
If the plan was to stifle Swansea’s possession in attacking positions,
it didn’t work. If the idea was to cut off the supply of passes out to
the flanks, it failed spectacularly.

Swansea were 3-1 up at half-time and
all three of their goals came from attacks that started in midfield,
found their way out to the left and were finished from close range.

West Brom right back Billy Jones had one of those nights that scar. His ordeal started after just 90 seconds.

Michu, as has so often been the case,
was at the centre of the move that nearly gave Swansea a perfect start.

The Spaniard found it too easy to escape Jones’s marking and was
allowed to collect a neat chip from Pablo Hernandez on the left before
forcing a good save from Boaz Myhill at his near post.

Here we go again: Michu hit the opening goal to put West Brom on the back foot

Here we go again: Michu hit the opening goal to put West Brom on the back foot

A handful: Michu evades James Morrison's attentions

A handful: Michu evades James Morrison's attentions

His wait for an eighth Premier League goal was a further seven minutes.

Again, record signing Hernandez was
involved, underlining his recent improvement with a delicate volley
across the six-yard box after Dyer’s floated cross to the far post.
Michu was waiting to bury the pass.

Flying high: Wayne Routledge fires his first of the evening past Boaz Myhill

Flying high: Wayne Routledge fires his first of the evening past Boaz Myhill

A spring in the step: Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer celebrate Swansea's second

A spring in the step: Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer celebrate Swansea's second

A second goal followed three minutes
later when Hernandez swapped passes with Ben Davies and danced into the
area from the left before teeing up Routledge for a tap-in.

West Brom were the first team to
concede a Premier League goal to Swansea last season on a September
afternoon in which they ultimately lost 3-0.

Double trouble: Routledge hit two in Swansea's rout

Double trouble: Routledge hit two in Swansea's rout

They seemed determined to
repeat the feat here, going three down after 39 minutes. Hernandez and
Davies were again involved down the left before the latter squared for
Routledge to score his second.

That he was unmarked from six yards
did not appear to go down too well with Clarke, and Myhill won’t be
pleased with his attempt to save, either.

Scant consolation: Romelu Lukaku fires West Brom's only goal of the game

Scant consolation: Romelu Lukaku fires West Brom's only goal of the game

Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back with
a volley from a poorly-cleared corner, but it was telling that the shot
was West Brom’s first on target.

Clarke looked somewhat agitated
coming off at half-time and the intensity of West Brom’s play early in
the second half hinted at an interesting team talk.

Mixed emotions: Laudrup

Mixed emotions: Clarke

Mixed emotions: Michael Laudrup's Swansea gave Steve Clarke plenty of food for thought

Committed: Jonas Olsson does his best to block Luke Moore's shot

Committed: Jonas Olsson does his best to block Luke Moore's shot

Lukaku went close to scoring a second
when he shrugged off Chico Flores and fired over after 46 minutes and
Chris Brunt connected almost too well when he took aim from 30 yards a
moment later.

But the revival, much like West Brom’s intensity, only came in a short burst.

Swansea 0 Liverpool 0: match report

Swansea 0 Liverpool 0: No happy return for Rodgers in first game back at Liberty Stadium

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00:14 GMT, 26 November 2012

There were warm handshakes, applause for both sets of supporters and slaps on the back for players past and present.

At first glance, it appeared Brendan Rodgers was a content soul after an intriguing game between Swansea and Liverpool.

His first return to the Liberty Stadium was always going to be a big deal and leaving with a point and a clean sheet could be construed as a positive.

Tussle: Luis Suarez worked hard up front against Chico Flores

Tussle: Luis Suarez worked hard up front against Chico Flores

MATCH FACTS

Swansea: Tremmel, Chico, Williams, Rangel, Davies, Britton, Michu, Pablo, Routledge (Dyer 67), De Guzman (Agustien 85), Shechter (Ki Sung-Yeung 46)

Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Lita

Booked: Chico

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson (Shelvey 77), Downing (Cole 77), Allen, Sterling, Suarez

Subs not used: Jones, Coates, Carragher, Sahin, Suso

Attendance: 20,621

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

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To see the look on Rodgers' face,
though, before he headed down the tunnel told another story. His lips
were pursed, his gaze was wistful.

This was a game that, with some extra
quality in the right areas, Liverpool would have won. As it was, it was
the same old story: nearly but not quite.

'We wanted to keep our run going,' said Rodgers, whose side are unbeaten in their last eight Barclays Premier League games.

'I'd never say it was two points
dropped here. This is a difficult place to come. We are chipping away,
climbing the league and continually improving.

'If we can get the quality in the
final third to support what we have, then we have enough to keep the
team moving forward. It is a team who are coming together. I can see
improvement all the time.'

The improvement, however, will only
be slow unless Fenway Sports Group, the club's American owners,
appreciate what could potentially be gained with the right expenditure
when the January transfer window opens.

Contested: Leon Britton takes on Raheem Sterling (right) at the Liberty Stadium

Contested: Leon Britton takes on Raheem Sterling (right) at the Liberty Stadium

No way: Jose Enrique blocks Jonathan de Guzman's (left) path

No way: Jose Enrique blocks Jonathan de Guzman's (left) path

WILLIAMS V SUAREZ

Pre-match: The feuding pair were all smiles as they shook hands

8mins: Williams uses his experience, and considerable frame, to block a Suarez run into the box. The Uruguayan half-heartedly pleas for a penalty.

16mins: Suarez wriggles away from Williams, but is flagged offside, rightly, from Jose Enrique's pass.

23mins: Suarez is again free, this time at the near post, but fails to make good contact.

58mins: Suarez shows excellent skill to work a yard for a shot, which goes through Williams' legs and draws a smart save.

64mins: Williams sees a header cleared off the line by old Swansea team-mate Joe Allen.

71mins: Chico Flores gets the first yellow card of the day for bringing down Suarez.

83mins: A stray Raheem Sterling pass robs Suarez of the chance to shoot uncontested at goal.

Liverpool, after all, are only four
points behind an Arsenal side that Arsene Wenger still believes can
qualify for the Champions League.

That deficit might have been down to two had Rodgers been able to call on that extra quality to his forward line.

Luis Suarez cannot keep carrying
Liverpool on his own and the fact that only two of his team-mates have
scored in the Premier League since September 29 – Raheem Sterling and
Jose Enrique – shows where the team's deficiencies are.

That is where we need to improve,'
said Rodgers. 'We had 18 shots on goal, nine on target. But we need to
finish them when we arrive in good areas.'

It was Sterling and Enrique who went closest to breaking the deadlock here, though.

The former rattled the bar with a
thumping volley after 33 minutes, while the latter had an effort ruled
out for a marginal offside devision 60 seconds later after being picked
out by Suarez.

'I thought it was a goal,' said
Rodgers. 'But we played well. It was emotional returning to where I
spent a great time in my life.'

It looked for much of the opening 45
minutes that Rodgers would enjoy the happiest of returns with the
outstanding Glen Johnson and Sterling running amok down Swansea's left.

Not this time: Luis Suarez could not add to his 13 goals this season

Not this time: Luis Suarez could not add to his 13 goals this season

Close call: Enrique (back right) was adjudged to be offside when he put a Luis Suarez cross in the net

Close call: Enrique (back right) was adjudged to be offside when he put a Luis Suarez cross in the net

Eyes on the prize: Raheem Sterling battles with Ben Davies (right)

Eyes on the prize: Raheem Sterling battles with Ben Davies (right)

Johnson was denied by a fine stop by Gerhard Tremmel after exchanging passes with Suarez and also went close with a header.

Angel Rangel flung himself in front
of a Suarez blockbuster, while Enrique got in a tangle after another
superb cross from Johnson.

Yet Swansea were not without chances.
Pablo Hernandez bent an effort round a post after a rare mistake by
Steven Gerrard not long after Wayne Routledge had tested Pepe Reina.

They certainly contributed to a spectacle that contained 1,055 passes.

Clash: Nathan Dyer accidentally slid into Pepe Reina when trying to reach the ball

Clash: Nathan Dyer accidentally slid into Pepe Reina when trying to reach the ball

Whack: Both players stayed down after the challenge, but were on their feet within minutes

'Was it a point gained or two lost I think it was a good point,' said Swansea manager Michael Laudrup.

'Maybe Liverpool had more chances more than us but we had them. I'm pleased with my team.'

Laudrup was especially pleased in the
83rd minute when Suarez and Sterling failed to administer the ultimate
punishment after a quick break, and he remains more than content with
the way Swansea have started the campaign.

Rodgers left the impression he will be truly content only when reinforcements have arrived.

'It will evolve,' said Rodgers. 'The
guys are working well but you need to get your own type of players in
before you can say, “This is my side”.

'We will look to work with the players we have and hope to do some business in January.'

Centre of attention: Pablo Hernandez teases Dan Agger (right)

Centre of attention: Pablo Hernandez teases Dan Agger (right)

How Luis Suarez rages when a decision doesn't go his way

How Luis Suarez rages when a decision doesn't go his way

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2 – match report

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2: Michu and De Guzman put profligate Magpies in a flap

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16:52 GMT, 17 November 2012

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Michu set Swansea on the road to victory at Newcastle as the misfiring Magpies slipped to a second home defeat in seven days.

On a day when the home side were prevented from fielding their own big-money frontman Papiss Cisse because of a wrangle with the Senegal Football Federation, the depth of Alan Pardew's squad was exposed once again.

A team shorn of Cisse, the suspended Fabricio Coloccini and the injured Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez once again failed to score in a home game and allowed three points to slip tamely from their grasp.

Not this time: Swansea's Ashley Williams thwarts Demba Ba

Not this time: Swansea's Ashley Williams thwarts Demba Ba

Match facts

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson (Bigirimana 73), Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Anita, Tiote, Ferguson (Shola Ameobi 45), Sammy Ameobi (Marveaux 78), Ba. Subs not used: Elliot, Amalfitano, Tavernier, Abeid.

Goals: Ba 90

Booked: Santon

SWANSEA: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Dyer (Routledge 61), Michu (Graham 81), Hernandez, Shechter (Agustien 65). Subs not used: Cornell, Chico, Moore, Tiendalli.

Goals: Michu 58, De Guzman 87

Booked: Britton, Shechter, Rangel

Referee: Phil Dowd

Att: 49,403

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Last Sunday it was West Ham, this time Swansea were the beneficiaries.

Newcastle had chances – Hatem Ben
Arfa was denied a spectacular first-half opener by Swans goalkeeper
Gerhard Tremmel – and Demba Ba, who struck in injury time, was guilty of
a series of costly earlier misses.

However, the visitors were more than a
match for their hosts and were good value for their win, which was
secured by Michu's 58th-minute header and a second from Jonathan de
Guzman three minutes from time.

There were boos on the final whistle
from sections of the home fans among a crowd of 49,403, with memories of
last season's champagne football increasingly distant amid a run of
seven Barclays Premier League games which has brought just one victory.

Cisse, who scored both goals in a 2-0
win at the Liberty Stadium last season, was conspicuous by his absence
after Senegal carried through their threat to invoke FIFA's five-day
rule following his failure to report for international duty because of
injury.

Tough tussle: Newcastle's Danny Simpson tangles with Nathan Dyer (left)

Tough tussle: Newcastle's Danny Simpson tangles with Nathan Dyer (left)

That, combined with Pardew's other
selection problems, gave something of a make-do-and-mend look to the
team and perhaps understandably, they were disjointed.

The system with which they began was
nominally 4-4-1-1, but at times, resembled more like 2-1-5-1-1 with
right-back Danny Simpson repeatedly finding himself more advanced than
winger Ben Arfa, and holding midfielder Cheick Tiote frequently
out-numbered as Swansea broke at pace.

Michu, employed behind lone striker
Itay Shechter, caused all kinds of problems as the home side struggled
to pick him up, and on more than one occasion central defender Mike
Williamson was left chasing shadows as a result of the Spaniard's
intelligent movement.

Cutting edge: But Ba's scissor kick goes just wide

Cutting edge: But Ba's scissor kick goes just wide

The visitors might have struck the
first blow when Nathan Dyer scuffed a sixth-minute shot across the face
of goal, and Tim Krul was relieved to clutch Pablo Hernandez's
long-range effort to his midriff four minutes later.

Michu tested the Dutchman from distance with a curling left-footed effort with the Magpies short of inspiration.

However, as Ben Arfa picked up the
baton, they gradually started to force their way into the game. The
Frenchman blasted a right-footed effort into the side-netting and
delivered a 27th-minute cross which Ba glanced just wide.

Poacher: Michu (left) heads home to give Swansea the lead at St James' Park

Poacher: Michu (left) heads home to give Swansea the lead at St James' Park

Going nowhere: Hatem Ben Arfa (right) nips in to take the ball from Swansea's Ben Davies

Going nowhere: Hatem Ben Arfa (right) nips in to take the ball from Swansea's Ben Davies

But it took a fine one-handed save by
Tremmel to keep out Ben Arfa's fizzing left-footed strike after he cut
inside 12 minutes before the break.

As Newcastle pressed forward, the
Swans took advantage of the space they left behind them and Krul had to
save twice from Shechter in quick succession with his defence in
disarray.

But he would have been helpless had
Michu managed to hit the target with a 41st-minute header after the
Israeli had combined with Hernandez down the left.

Danny Simpson had to get in a vital
clearing header after Dyer had caught the Magpies flat-footed with a
quickly-taken free-kick after the restart.

Arms race: Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi (right) fends off Jonathan De Guzman

Arms race: Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi (right) fends off Jonathan De Guzman

Stout defending: Cheick Tiote (right) is halted by Swansea's Miguel Michu

Stout defending: Cheick Tiote (right) is halted by Swansea's Miguel Michu

Ba scuffed a volley after superbly
controlling Davide Santon's cross on his chest and then Vurnon Anita
almost capped good inter-play between the Ameobi brothers when he
drilled inches over the top from 25 yards.

The chances were starting to come
thick and fast and Ba might have scored twice inside a minute, first
side-footing wastefully wide from Sammy Ameobi's driven cross and then
shooting straight at Tremmel after being played in by Ben Arfa.

But Swansea should really have been
in front 10 minutes into the second half when Hernandez broke down the
left and squared for Shechter, who took his time, but blasted a
right-footed shot over.

Too little, too late: Ba (2nd left) watches his header cross the goal line

Too little, too late: Ba (2nd left) watches his header cross the goal line

Krul had to dive to his right two
minutes later to turn away Hernandez's strike, but there was nothing he
could do seconds later when the same man latched onto his poor clearance
and crossed for Michu to head firmly into the bottom corner.

Ba headed a 64th-minute Tiote cross
towards goal, but without the power to trouble Tremmel, and then could
not react quickly enough to direct Shola Ameobi's driven cross on target
three minutes later.

The Magpies were demonstrating
little composure in front of goal, and were grateful to see Michu
uncharacteristically do the same to miscue Hernandez's 76th-minute cross
wide.

But the sting in the tail arrived
three minutes from time when Krul could only parry substitute Danny
Graham's shot and De Guzman smashed home the rebound from a tight angle,
making Ba's late header after substitute Sylvain Marveaux had struck
the bar practically irrelevant.

Pensive: Michael Laudrup

Pensive: Alan Pardew

Pensive: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and counterpart Alan Pardew

Close call: Ba rues a chance that got away

Close call: Ba rues a chance that got away

Liverpool 1 Swansea 3: Match report

Liverpool 1 Swansea 2: It's Chico time for Laudrup as holders are dumped out at Anfield

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22:06 GMT, 31 October 2012

Liverpool's defence of the League Cup ended as Brendan Rodgers' selection gamble backfired, as former club Swansea progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

The Northern Irishman left the south Wales club in the summer to take over from Kenny Dalglish but it was the visitors who had the last laugh in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at Anfield.

Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer put the Swans 2-0 up with 17 minutes to go and although substitute Luis Suarez quickly pulled one back De Guzman made it 3-1 in added time to loosen the eight-time winners' grip on the trophy.

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Getting their heads in front: Chico celebrates scoring the first goal

Getting their heads in front: Chico celebrates scoring the first goal

Match facts

Liverpool: Jones, Henderson, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Allen, Shelvey, Downing, Cole, Assaidi, Yesil. Subs not used: Ward, Suarez, Gerrard, Fernandez Saez, Sterling, Skrtel, Wisdom.

Goal: Suarez 76

Swansea: Tremmel, Chico, Richards, Williams, Tiendalli, Hernandez, Britton, Ki, Dyer, de Guzman, Michu. Subs not used: Cornell, Graham, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Agustien, Davies.

Goals: Chico 34, Dyer 72, De Guzman 90

Referee: Lee Probert.

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Rising high: Chico gets to the ball first to score

Rising high: Chico gets to the ball first to score

Head over heels: Chico celebrates in front of the fans

Head over heels: Chico celebrates in front of the fans

Old boy: Joe Allen competes with Jonathan De Guzman during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round tie

Old boy: Joe Allen competes with Jonathan De Guzman during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round tie

Doubling the lead: Swansea's Nathan Dyer scores their second goal

Doubling the lead: Swansea's Nathan Dyer scores their second goal

That should do it: Dyer celebrates his goal

That should do it: Dyer celebrates his goal

Manchester City v Swansea live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Manchester City v Swansea – as it happens from the Etihad Stadium

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester City take on Swansea at the Etihad Stadium to conclude Saturday's action. The Premier League champions will hope to bounce back from their Champions League defeat at Ajax mid-week when they take on Michael Laudrup's side who returned to winning ways against Wigan last Saturday. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Manchester City 0-0 Swansea (5.30pm)

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Man City: Hart, Richards, Nastasic,
Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Barry, Kolarov, Tevez, Aguero.
Subs:
Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolo Toure, Evans, Sinclair, Dzeko, Balotelli.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico,
Williams, Davies, Ki, Routledge, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez, Michu.
Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

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27min: From InfostradaLive:

Manchester City have scored exactly one first half goal in six of their previous eight PL matches this season.

They have not scored more than one first half goal in a match since April 14 (in their eventual 6-1 victory at Norwich).

24min: Play was stopped for a couple of minutes, after Michu banged heads with Richards inside the box following a teasing cross from Swansea's right flank.

Joe Hart immediately waved for medical attention as the forward looked out cold, but I'm pleased to say the Spaniard has come back round and should continue.

21min: Strong play from Carlos Tevez to barge Chico off the ball on the left flank, but the Aegentine wastes the promising position by crossing low straight to Vorm.

20min: A very even game and I have to hand it to Laudrup. The Swansea boss drummed in pre-match about how he wanted to keep possession and his team are certainly doing that well so far.

17min: Very harsh for Angel Rangel that. The defender is booked for diving but all he did was bounce off Micah Richards following a strong challenge from the Manchester City defender.

It's his fifth of the season so he will be suspended for the next match.

On the run: Swansea's Jonathan de Guzman (right) attempts to escape the attention of Vincent Kompany

On the run: Swansea's Jonathan de Guzman (right) attempts to escape the attention of Vincent Kompany

14min: Swansea win a free-kick on the left flank following a foul by Vincent Kompany. But although Joe Hart comes and fails to collect Jonathan de Guzman's delivery, a free-kick is given to the hosts for an infringement inside the box.

12min: A few grumbles from the home fans as the ball is wastefully put out for a throw in by their side.

It's been a very poor and slow start so far. I don't think even Serie A fans would put up with this.

9min: Signs of life as Carlos Tevez tries to escape inside the box, but Chico Flores is on hand to make a superb last ditch tackle to stab the ball away.

6min Swansea are camped inside their own half but there is no threat from the hosts yet who are yet to test Michel Vorm with a shot.

3min: A quiet start which has seen Manchester City take control of the ball but not a lot else as the sun sets over the city.

Kick-off: We are underway in Manchester.

Just don't touch the hair: Manchester City players flick the ears of team-mate Mario Balotelli

Just don't touch the hair: Manchester City players flick the ears of team-mate Mario Balotelli

17.28: The players are out at a slightly subdued Etihad Stadium.

17.25: It's been a tough week for Roberto Mancini, with questions raised over the relationship with his Manchester City players.

Before kick-off why not read Sportsmail's Des Kelly and his excellent column, where he claims ultimately that the buck stops with the Italian.

17.20: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup spoke to ESPN before the game and I think ruled out any kick-and-rush tactics:

'We have to be wary. It’s a great team who have lots to choose from. They want to show everyone a good performance but we are on alert.

'We have to keep the ball and we like to have the ball and we won’t want to give it away to players who can change a game at any moment.

'Michu is top scorer and that is very important but the most important thing is to keep the ball today.'

17.15: From the Etihad Stadium:

Man City v Swansea
Man City: Hart, Richards, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Barry, Kolarov, Tevez, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolo Toure, Evans, Sinclair, Dzeko, Balotelli.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Ki, Routledge, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Dropped: Edin Dzeko (right) was replaced by Carlos Tevez in the Manchester City starting line-up

Dropped: Edin Dzeko (right) was replaced by Carlos Tevez in the Manchester City starting line-up

17.10: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini spoke to ESPN before the game:

'I expect a reaction but it is clear this is a difficult game.

'Joleon Lescott has played a lot of games and we need something fresh.

'I don’t know if Edin Dzeko is a super sub but he is a top striker. I don’t know why there is a fuss being caused about my relationship with the players because it’s not true.'

17.05: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini makes three changes as he looks to put his midweek Champions League misery behind him against Swansea in the Barclays Premier League.

One key change comes in defence where Matija Nastasic replaces England centre-back Joleon Lescott while Aleksandar Kolarov comes in for the suspended James Milner.

Carlos Tevez returns up front for Edin Dzeko while Swansea go into the game unchanged.

There was some minor disruption when part of the inside of one stand, including the media centre, was evacuated after a fire alarm went off about 40 minutes before kick-off.

A turnstile was temporarily closed but it proved a false alarm and people were allowed back in moments later.

17.00: It may be all going wrong in the Champions league for Manchester City, but as far as the Premier League is concerned it has been a strong enough start for Roberto Mancini's men, who are are one of just two unbeaten sides in the division.

Or so it seems anyway. Are Swansea going to be on the end of a Manchester City backlash or are cracks starting to appear in the champions Team news on the way.

Saturday climax: Manchester City host Swansea at the Etihad Stadium

Saturday climax: Manchester City host Swansea at the Etihad Stadium

Swansea 2 Wigan 1: Match report

Swansea 2 Wigan 1: Goals from Hernandez and Michu enough for Swans to hold off late Latics comeback

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Swansea ended a run of five Barclays Premier League games without a win as two goals in three second-half minutes saw them past Wigan at a relieved Liberty Stadium.

Record signing Pablo Hernandez grabbed his first goal for the club in the 65th minute and Michu's sixth of the campaign quickly doubled their advantage.

Emmerson Boyce pulled one back almost immediately for Wigan, but Arouna Kone had an equaliser ruled out for offside as their own winless run extended to six games.

Celebration time: Pablo Hernandez celebrates scoring Swansea's first goal

Celebration time: Pablo Hernandez celebrates scoring Swansea's first goal

MATCH FACTS

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Routledge, de Guzman (Graham 83), Ki, Britton, Hernandez (Dyer 72), Michu.

Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli.

Booked: Rangel, Ki.

Goals: Hernandez 65, Michu 67.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Figueroa (Watson 71), Ramis, McCarthy, McArthur (Boselli 83), Boyce, Beausejour, Kone, Maloney, Di Santo (Gomez 83).

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Jones, McManaman, Miyaichi.

Booked: Beausejour, Maloney, Gomez.

Goals: Boyce 69.

Attendance: 19,696

Referee: Mike Jones

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The pre-match focus was on the fact that neither side wore the anti-racism Kick It Out t-shirts during the warm-ups, understood to be a gesture of solidarity from the respective squads towards players who did not wish to wear them.

But it could not hide how important a game this was for both sides, particularly for the hosts, who had been stung by reports of dressing-room unrest and dissatisfaction with manager Michael Laudrup's methods.

Swansea knew a win would go some way to silencing such talk and, with top scorer Michu up front instead of Danny Graham, they started purposefully.

It was the visitors, though, who had the best early chances, Kone and Shaun Maloney both being denied by sharp saves from Michel Vorm.

Michu had a great chance at the other end but could not keep his volley down from Wayne Routledge's deft pass but the game was proving a scrappy affair indicative of both sides' recent struggles.

Michu headed over the bar after some slick build-up involving Ki Sung-yueng, Leon Britton and Wayne Routledge on the half-hour and it needed fine clearances from Jean Beausejour and Ivan Ramis when there was more danger down the Wigan left seconds later.

Doubling the advantage: Michu celebrates with his team mates after making it 2-0

Doubling the advantage: Michu celebrates with his team mates after making it 2-0

Bullet header: Michu gets to the ball first to head home

Bullet header: Michu gets to the ball first to head home

Swansea were almost caught on the break when Maloney evaded Angel Rangel and played Beausejour in, but the Chile international could only fire over Vorm's bar.
Routledge was at the heart of Swansea's better moments and his superb flick and volleyed pass with two minutes left in the first half set Michu free to play a ball across the box, which saw Beausejour block a Hernandez effort.

Swansea pressed again on the resumption and Britton whistled a shot beyond Ali Al Habsi's despairing dive, but also past the left-hand post.

They were soon on the front foot again and it took a strong parry from Al Habsi to beat out Ki's strike from Routledge's neat reverse pass.

No way past: Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman tussles with Wigan's Jean Beausejour

No way past: Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman tussles with Wigan's Jean Beausejour

Eyes on the ball: Wayne Routledge and Emmerson Boyce vie for the ball

Eyes on the ball: Wayne Routledge and Emmerson Boyce vie for the ball

The breakthrough finally came after 65 minutes. Routledge brilliantly beat Ramis out on the left and when Jonathan de Guzman fed Hernandez, the Spaniard swivelled and dispatched a right-foot shot low into the net.

It was 2-0 barely two minutes later. De Guzman's superb inswinging corner picked out Michu's near-post run for the forward to glance home his sixth league goal of the campaign.

The unexpected glut of goals continued as Wigan instantly pulled one back. Chico Flores misjudged a long ball, and his error ended with Boyce acrobatically flicking in from James McCarthy's scuffed shot.

First to the ball: Swansea's Angel Rangel battles with Wigan's Maynor Figueroa

First to the ball: Swansea's Angel Rangel battles with Wigan's Maynor Figueroa

Sliding in: Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman brings down Shaun Maloney

Sliding in: Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman brings down Shaun Maloney

Kone thought he had equalised during the chaotic spell, but his far-post header was chalked off for a tight offside decision.

Swansea, who were by now guilty of dropping ever deeper in defence, were denied a third as Al Habsi pushed away a rising strike from substitute Nathan Dyer after an excellent Swansea break.

Franco Di Santo then wasted Wigan's best opportunity as he fired tamely at Vorm when the ball broke to him in the box, while the Dutchman had to save from opposite number Al Habsi as Swansea held on in a frantic finish.

Unhappy return: Former Swansea manager and current Wigan boss Roberto Martinez did not have a happy return to The Liberty Stadium

Unhappy return: Former Swansea manager and current Wigan boss Roberto Martinez did not have a happy return to The Liberty Stadium

Stoke 2 Swansea 0: Peter Crouch scores twice – match report

Stoke 2 Swansea 0: Crouch doubles up to helps Potters to first win of the season

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16:34 GMT, 29 September 2012

Peter Crouch netted twice as Stoke registered their first win of the season by defeating Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.

The striker scored both goals in the first half, with slack defending by the visitors allowing him to head in Glenn Whelan's corner in the 12th minute.

Crouch then found little resistance in the Swansea box once again nine minutes before the break as he fired the ball at Michel Vorm and reacted to convert the rebound, taking his tally for the campaign to five goals in all competitions.

Doubled up: Peter Crouch celebrates his second goal

Doubled up: Peter Crouch celebrates his second goal

Match facts

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam (Etherington 68), Kightly, Crouch.

Subs not used: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Edu, Whitehead, Upson.

Goals: Crouch 12, 36

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, Michu, Hernandez (Routledge 63), Graham.

Subs not used: Tremmel, Monk, Shechter, Moore, de Guzman, Tiendalli.

Att: 27,330

Ref: Moss (W Yorkshire)

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That form will keep the debate going
about a potential England recall for the 31-year-old, while his club
will perhaps be breathing a little easier now having finally recorded a
victory in their sixth Barclays Premier League game of the season after
drawing four and losing one of the opening five.

Swansea, meanwhile, started the
campaign well but have now lost three league matches in a row and need
to turn things around quickly.

Stoke began the contest brightly and grabbed an early lead after Vorm's save from Jon Walters led to a corner.

Crouch was left unmarked when it was swung in by Whelan, allowing the frontman to crash a header past the helpless Vorm.

Swansea were almost in trouble at the
back again moments later as Vorm was charged down by Crouch, but they
survived that before seeing Charlie Adam rifle an attempt over the bar.

The visitors looked to apply some
pressure of their own and after Michu had struck a weak effort at Asmir
Begovic, a lapse at the back by the Potters saw them pass the ball
straight to Danny Graham, whose shot on the turn was saved.

At the other end Vorm, who had
prepared for the match by training with rugby tackle bags, showed his
strength by coming out to beat Adam to the ball and punch it away, a
collision which left the Stoke man temporarily down hurt.

Tucked away: Crouch scores from close range

Tucked away: Crouch scores from close range

All about you: Crouch takes in the plaudits

All about you: Crouch takes in the plaudits

After getting back to his feet Adam
sent a curler into Vorm's arms and Michu then bent an effort just the
wrong side of Begovic's left post.

The hosts regained their momentum and in the 36th minute they doubled their advantage as Crouch struck once more.

Sloppiness by Swansea again played its
part, with Crouch able to bring the ball down from a floated cross into
the area and then tuck it away on the follow-up after Vorm had parried
his initial shot.

The away side came out after the
restart looking full of purpose and Begovic was called upon to tip a Ki
Sung-yueng effort over the bar.

Tussle: Stoke City's Steven N'Zonzi, left, challenges Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yung

Tussle: Stoke City's Steven N'Zonzi, left, challenges Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yung

Ben Davies then went down in the box,
seeming to look for a penalty and being rewarded only with a booking for
diving – one of the hot topics for Tony Pulis in the build up to the
game.

Swansea continued to attack and Graham might have done better with an effort he scooped over the goalframe.

Trouble: Michael Laudrup's side are in poor form

Trouble: Michael Laudrup's side are in poor form

Sandwich filling: Michu is squeezed out by N'zonzi and Glenn Whelan

Sandwich filling: Michu is squeezed out by N'zonzi and Glenn Whelan

Stoke hit back and Michael Kightly was just unable to convert from close range as he strived to meet Adam's cross.

Crouch looked intent on securing his
hat-trick, but headed one effort on to the bar and then missed with an
attempted overhead kick before being substituted.

Kightly and Walters also tried their luck towards the end to no avail, but the Potters had done enough.

Hunted down: Angel Rangel is tracked by Walters

Hunted down: Angel Rangel is tracked by Walters

Fight: Crouch challenges Swansea City's Chico Flores

Bench boy: Michael Owen (right) of Stoke City sits on the bench alongside Dean Whitehead

Double trouble: Crouch challenges Chico Flores while Michael Owen (right) waits on the bench

Swansea 2 Sunderland 2: Michu fires again after Steven Fletcher double

Swansea 2 Sunderland 2: Michu on target again after Fletcher fires quickfire double

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Steven Fletcher's first goals for Sunderland ended Swansea's 100 per cent start to the Premier League season in a dramatic Liberty Stadium encounter marred by a serious ankle injury to Neil Taylor.

Fletcher started to repay his big-money fee following his move from Wolves as he struck twice in the first half, either side of Wayne Routledge's effort for Swansea.

Michu scored his fourth goal in three games for the hosts to level matters, but they then lost defender Chico Flores to a red card for a wild high challenge as the game ended all square.

Making an impact: Michu (third right) outjumps the Sunderland defence to nod home the equlaiser

Making an impact: Michu (third right) outjumps the Sunderland defence to nod home the equlaiser

Match facts

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor (Davies 20), Dyer, Britton, De Guzman, Routledge (Tate 73), Michu (Ki 78), Graham. Subs not used: Tremmel, Shechter, Moore, Agustien.

Booked: Williams.

Sent off: Chico.

Scorer: Routledge 45, Michu 66.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Johnson, Larsson, Cattermole (Meyler 38), McClean, Sessegnon (Campbell 84), Fletcher (Saha 67). Subs not used: Westwood, Kilgallon, Ji, Bramble.

Booked: Gardner.

Scorers: Fletcher 40, 45.

Referee: Roger East.

But prior to all that action, Taylor
had already been carted off on a stretcher after his leg buckled
awkwardly under him following a challenge with Craig Gardner.

The incident could barely have come at a worse time for Swans boss Michael Laudrup, just a day after the transfer window closed.

Buoyed by their excellent recent form
Swansea had started with purpose, and Routledge had a penalty appeal
turned away while Dyer had a shot saved by Simon Mignolet.

But they were dealt a terrible blow by Taylor's injury after 16 minutes.

The Team GB left-back required prolonged treatment and was given oxygen as he received treatment on his ankle.

The home crowd were furious that
Gardner was not punished over the incident by referee Roger East, making
his Premier League debut, but there appeared to be no malice from the
Sunderland player.

Off the mark: Steven Fletcher beats the outstretched hand of Swansea keeper Michel Vorm to hit the opener

Off the mark: Steven Fletcher beats the outstretched hand of Swansea keeper Michel Vorm to hit the opener

John O'Shea did little to help matters by choosing to try to put his viewpoint across to spectators near the incident.

The atmosphere was muted following
Taylor's departure although the hosts continued to press, with Dyer
again being denied by Mignolet.

Swansea had benefited from defensive
errors in their wins over QPR and West Ham, but they were hurt by a
mistake of their own five minutes before the break.

Flashpoint: Neil Taylor collides with Sunderland's Craig Gardner, with the challenge leaving the Swansea left back requiring treatment on the pitch for a serious-looking ankle injury before being stretched off

Flashpoint: Neil Taylor collides with Sunderland's Craig Gardner, with the challenge leaving the Swansea left back requiring treatment on the pitch for a serious-looking ankle injury before being stretched off

Concern: Taylor received treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off

Concern: Taylor received treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off

Ashley Williams' stubbed his back
pass into the ground and Fletcher ran in on goal to despatch a superb
low finish beyond Michel Vorm.

Swansea levelled as six minutes of
stoppage time began. Dyer and Routledge, who have started the campaign
brilliantly, linked again as the former's scooped pass allowed the
latter to flash home a volley.

But parity did not last to the
interval as Sebastian Larsson's free-kick evaded everyone apart from
Fletcher, who tapped home at the back post to give the visitors the
half-time lead.

Mignolet pushed away a Dyer volley
after more excellent build up play from the hosts, while Leon Britton
volleyed over from a rehearsed corner routine shortly after the break.

Level pegging: Wayne Routledge briefly hit the home side level just before half-time

Level pegging: Wayne Routledge briefly hit the home side level just before half-time

The ill-feeling between the sides had
been bubbling under the surface since Taylor's injury, but Sunderland
boss Martin O'Neill was apoplectic when Flores escaped punishment for a
studs-up lunge on James McClean with the home side then ignoring the
stricken player by carrying on despite the Wearsiders urging them to put
the ball out.

Mignolet did brilliantly to get down
to a Jonathan de Guzman free-kick moments later after Gardner, already
on a booking for a first-half tackle on Routledge, fouled Danny Graham.

Michu came close to adding to his tally as his header into the ground from De Guzman's cross bounced up and just over the bar.

New addition: Swansea's record signing Pablo Hernandez was unveiled prior to kick-off

New addition: Swansea's record signing Pablo Hernandez was unveiled prior to kick-off

But the same combination found the
leveller on 66 minutes, De Guzman's delivery was again pinpoint and
Michu's powerful header gave Mignolet no chance.

Swansea's comeback efforts were
stymied when Flores then saw red for a wild high-footed challenge that
grazed substitute Louis Saha's head.

Despite the numerical disadvantage
Swansea dominated the final 18 minutes, but could not find the winner
that would have taken them top of the Premier League.

Swansea to complete Ki Sung-yeung signing for 5m

Ki switch to Swansea set to be completed as club agree terms with 5m man

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Swansea expect to wrap up their record-breaking 5million deal for Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng by the weekend.

The South Korea international has agreed personal terms with chairman Huw Jenkins and will arrive in south Wales on Friday for a medical.

Barring any unforeseen complications, Ki will become Swansea’s most expensive signing, eclipsing the 3.5m Jenkins paid for Danny Graham last summer, but it’s understood they will not be able to register the 23-year-old in time for Saturday’s lunchtime clash with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Incoming: Swansea have agreed terms for the transfer of Ki Sung-yueng

Incoming: Swansea have agreed terms for the transfer of Ki Sung-yueng

Ki will become the seventh player signed by Michael Laudrup this summer – following the arrivals of Michu, Jose Manuel Flores, Jonathan de Guzman, Kyle Bartley, Jamie Proctor and Itay Shechter – and another big move could yet follow for Valencia’s Pablo Hernandez.

Swansea failed with a 4m bid for the Spain winger as Valencia are determined to hold out for 5m, but with Scott Sinclair set to join Manchester City Jenkins is likely to make an improved offer in the coming days.