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Swansea 3-1 Wolves

Jason Scotland is congratulated by his Swansea team-mates
Jason Scotland is congratulated by his Swansea team-mates

Jason Scotland scored twice, had a shot cleared off the line and hit the bar as Swansea knocked injury-ravaged Wolves off the top of the Championship table.

Swansea hit Wolves after just 25 seconds, as Jordi Gomez cut past a sleeping defence to fire in a low shot.

Wolves levelled when Andy Keogh drilled a shot past keeper Dorus de Vries.

But then Scotland took over, a one-two with Gomez saw him restore Swansea's lead, before the striker darted into the box in the second half to score.

Wolves, who dropped Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey, were missing eight first team players, chiefly the four-man strikeforce who had helped rattle in 23 goals in their first eight games.

Wingers Michael Kightly and Matt Jarvis were both missing with hamstring injuries, top scorer Chris Iwelumo was suspended and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was a surprise withdrawal with a medial knee ligament injury.

Left-back George Elokobi and captain Jody Craddock remain sidelined with long-term injuries, while on-loan Matt Hill has been out since signing from Preston a month ago and Michael Gray was ruled out with a stomach bug.


Swansea manager Roberto Martinez:
"I'm delighted with the way we were able to defend and soak up the pressure and play football on top of that.

"It was the complete performance and the goals came at good times throughout the game.

"Jason Scotland looked sharp from the first second, he hit the crossbar, scored two goals, looked strong and had that bit of magic."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"Roberto Martinez would have been thrilled with the goals he got and rightly so.

"I'm not blaming it on players missing. I'm blaming the players on the pitch. We missed our front four but they wouldn't have done anything about the bad defending.

"Our keeper Carl Ikeme was excellent. He was at no fault for the goals and I feel sorry that the players in front of him maybe didn't do him justice and he's had to pick the ball out of the net three times."


Swansea: De Vries, Williams, Painter, Monk, Rangel, Britton, Pratley, Orlandi (Tudur-Jones 64), Gower (Bauza 90), Gomez, Scotland (Pintado 72).
Subs Not Used: Tate, Brandy.

Booked: Painter, Gomez, Orlandi, Scotland.

Goals: Gomez 1, Scotland 41, 57.

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Collins, Stearman, Friend (Vokes 52), Foley, Henry, David Edwards, Jones, Carlos Edwards (Shackell 81), Keogh, Ward.
Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Potter, Hemmings.

Booked: Keogh.

Goals: Keogh 16.

Att: 17,556

Ref: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).


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