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Swansea   1 - 0   Barnsley


Highlights - Swansea City 1-0 Barnsley

Swansea 1-0 Barnsley

Wales striker Jermaine Easter's first goal for Swansea City earned Brendan Rodgers' Championship play-off chasers their first home victory for six weeks.

The loan signing from Milton Keynes Dons pounced after superb build-up play between Nathan Dyer and Stephen Dobbie.

Easter, making his first Swans start, later hit the crossbar while his side had a second-half penalty appeal turned down after Scott Sinclair went down.

But out-of-form Swansea held on to secure their first win in four games.

And Rodgers' men moved level on points with second-placed Cardiff and fourth-placed Leeds United with a solid victory against one of the Championship's form sides.

Easter, who completed an emergency deadline-day loan move from League One Dons, will have done his chances of earning a permanent January switch to the Liberty Stadium no harm with a close-range finish.

Barnsley had lost just one in their last six but Easter ensured The Tykes fell to consecutive defeats over the festive period -dropping to 16th in the table - with a first-half winner.

Dobbie had gone close for Swansea early on when the Scottish striker drilled right of target from 18 yards.

Brendan Rodgers praises Swans 'steel'

The hosts, who had been hammered 4-0 by leaders Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day, dominated the opening exchanges.

And Dyer forced a parried save from Barnsley stopper Luke Steele during a period of play in which they enjoyed six corners in five minutes.

Adam Hammill then forced a save from Swans stopper Dorus De Vries but that proved mere brief respite before the Swans broke the deadlock.

Dyer found enough space on the right side of the penalty area and picked out Easter from six yards who pounced to convert his first goal since August.

Easter was close to scoring a double but he saw his header from 12 yards rebound off the bar.

Barnsley started the second-half with vigour and inside the opening 60 seconds Jim O'Brien had tested the reflexes of De Vries.

Dobbie, meanwhile, continued to pose a threat for Swansea and it was he who almost grabbed the second goal the home side craved when Steele tipped his close-range shot around a post after 71 minutes.

De Vries was soon called into action as he kept out Goran Lovre's header and Paul Hayes' drive as the visitors pushed for an equaliser.

But Swansea held on and man-of-the-match Dyer could have added a second but for another impressive Steele stop.

But De Vries had to save smartly from Jacob Butterfield after the Barnsley substitute's 20-yard effort in the fifth minute of injury time to ensure the Swans kept their eighth home clean sheet this season.

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 1-0 Barnsley FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Easter 27

    Swansea

    • 01 De Vries
    • 02 Williams
    • 03 Taylor
    • 05 Tate
    • 22 Rangel
    • 07 Cotterill yellow card
    • 10 Orlandi
    • 12 Dyer
    • 27 Gower yellow card (Pratley 69)
    • 14 Dobbie (Sinclair 80)
    • 49 Easter (Allen 63)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Ma-Kalambay,
    • 16 Monk,
    • 08 Pratley,
    • 21 Sinclair,
    • 24 Allen,
    • 26 Agustien,
    • 09 Beattie

    Barnsley

    • 01 Steele
    • 02 Hassell
    • 04 Shackell
    • 06 Foster
    • 15 Trippier
    • 05 Doyle (Arismendi 65)
    • 08 O'Brien (Butterfield 71)
    • 10 Lovre
    • 14 Hammill
    • 20 Colace yellow card
    • 27 Gray (Hayes 68)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Preece,
    • 19 Butterfield,
    • 33 Hill,
    • 23 Arismendi,
    • 09 Hayes,
    • 18 Neumann,
    • 30 Bennett
    Ref: WardAtt: 15,093
    SWANSEA
    BARNSLEY

    Possession

    • Swansea 52%
    • Barnsley 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Swansea 9
    • Barnsley 6

    Attempts off target

    • Swansea 7
    • Barnsley 5

    Corners

    • Swansea 13
    • Barnsley 8

    Fouls

    • Swansea 10
    • Barnsley 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:32 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+5:13 The offside flag is raised against Goran Lovre. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+4:53 Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 90:00+3:45 Scott Sinclair fouled by Kieran Trippier, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neil Taylor.
    • 90:00+1:58 Diego Arismendi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Tate. Dorus De Vries takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:12 David Cotterill takes a short corner. David Cotterill decides to take a short corner.
    • 90:00+1:12 Booking The referee shows David Cotterill a yellow card.
    • 90:00+0:45 Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Foster.
    • 89:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Hassell by David Cotterill. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:38 Short corner taken by Joe Allen.
    • 88:25 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
    • 86:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrea Orlandi by Jason Shackell. Joe Allen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:57 Adam Hammill takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 82:48 Corner taken by Jacob Butterfield, Diego Arismendi takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.
    • 82:06 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jacob Butterfield, save made by Dorus De Vries.
    • 81:15 Joe Allen concedes a free kick for a foul on Goran Lovre. Free kick crossed by Kieran Trippier, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.
    • 80:38 Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Hammill, Darren Pratley makes a clearance.
    • 80:26 Paul Hayes takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.
    • 79:29 Substitution Scott Sinclair replaces Stephen Dobbie.
    • 75:35 Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Bobby Hassell results in a free kick. Darren Pratley takes the direct free kick.
    • 75:08 Ashley Williams fouled by Paul Hayes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
    • 73:52 Corner taken by Jacob Butterfield from the right by-line, Goran Lovre takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.
    • 73:18 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nathan Dyer. Kieran Trippier takes the free kick.
    • 70:52 Andrea Orlandi takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Kieran Trippier manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:52 Substitution (Barnsley) makes a substitution, with Jacob Butterfield coming on for Jim O'Brien.
    • 70:28 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.
    • 68:12 Substitution Darren Pratley is brought on as a substitute for Mark Gower.
    • 67:31 Substitution Andy Gray leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Hayes.
    • 66:33 Corner taken right-footed by Adam Hammill from the right by-line, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:00 David Cotterill takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 64:52 Substitution Nathan Doyle leaves the field to be replaced by Diego Arismendi.
    • 63:57 Foul by Stephen Dobbie on Jason Shackell, free kick awarded. Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:23 Jermaine Easter fouled by Hugo Colace, the ref awards a free kick. Andrea Orlandi restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:23 Substitution Joe Allen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Easter.
    • 61:18 Nathan Dyer fouled by Nathan Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Nathan Dyer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:07 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
    • 59:39 Jermaine Easter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Shackell. Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.
    • 58:47 Andrea Orlandi concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Hammill. Hugo Colace takes the free kick.
    • 57:07 Shot from 12 yards by Andrea Orlandi. Save by Luke Steele.
    • 54:37 Shot from just outside the area by Stephen Dobbie misses to the right of the target.
    • 54:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Goran Lovre on Nathan Dyer. Alan Tate takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:17 Andy Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Williams. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:02 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Goran Lovre misses to the left of the target.
    • 50:20 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save made by Luke Steele.
    • 49:54 Hugo Colace concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrea Orlandi. Direct free kick taken by Alan Tate.
    • 49:54 Booking The referee cautions Hugo Colace for unsporting behaviour.
    • 48:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Taylor on Adam Hammill. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kieran Trippier, clearance by Andrea Orlandi.
    • 45:58 Jim O'Brien takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:20 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 43:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Mark Gower. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Adam Hammill.
    • 43:31 Booking Mark Gower is shown a yellow card.
    • 41:31 Effort on goal by Andrea Orlandi from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 40:17 Unfair challenge on Stephen Foster by Jermaine Easter results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.
    • 39:42 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Luke Steele.
    • 37:49 Foul by Jason Shackell on Neil Taylor, free kick awarded. Mark Gower delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:14 Jermaine Easter takes a shot.
    • 35:37 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the left by-line, clearance made by Jason Shackell.
    • 34:37 Effort on goal by Stephen Dobbie from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
    • 31:14 Jermaine Easter is ruled offside. Jason Shackell takes the indirect free kick.
    • 30:14 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jermaine Easter misses to the left of the goal.
    • 28:42 Adam Hammill has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
    • 28:01 Nathan Dyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Doyle. Free kick taken by Stephen Foster.
    • 26:31 Assist by Nathan Dyer.
    • 26:31 GOAL - Jermaine EasterSwansea 1 - 0 Barnsley Jermaine Easter grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Swansea 1-0 Barnsley.
    • 25:56 Adam Hammill takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
    • 23:54 Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower, clearance by Jason Shackell.
    • 22:29 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Hammill, Stephen Foster produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 21:37 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Mark Gower from the left by-line to the near post, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.
    • 21:18 Corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line.
    • 20:57 Corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line to the near post, Nathan Doyle manages to make a clearance.
    • 20:42 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.
    • 19:59 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the right by-line, save by Luke Steele.
    • 19:44 Alan Tate takes a shot. Goran Lovre gets a block in.
    • 19:13 Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line played to the near post, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.
    • 16:41 Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Gower, Adam Hammill makes a clearance.
    • 13:38 Inswinging corner taken by Adam Hammill from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Mark Gower.
    • 9:03 Short corner worked by Nathan Doyle.
    • 7:19 Ashley Williams fouled by Andy Gray, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
    • 6:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Trippier by Neil Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.
    • 4:39 Corner taken by Andrea Orlandi from the right by-line, clearance made by Goran Lovre.
    • 3:26 Effort from the edge of the box by Stephen Dobbie goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 2:05 The referee blows for offside against Goran Lovre. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 28 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 23 28 47
    2 Cardiff 23 12 40
    3 Swansea 24 6 40
    4 Leeds 24 4 40
    5 Norwich 23 7 39
    6 Reading 23 10 34
    7 Coventry 24 0 34
    8 Watford 22 8 33
    9 Burnley 22 5 32
    10 Millwall 23 5 32
    11 Nott'm Forest 20 7 30
    12 Derby 22 6 30
    13 Portsmouth 22 1 30
    14 Doncaster 21 -2 30
    15 Hull 23 -3 30
    16 Barnsley 22 -6 29
    17 Leicester 24 -9 29
    18 Ipswich 22 -5 27
    19 Bristol City 23 -9 27
    20 Sheff Utd 23 -14 25
    21 Middlesbrough 23 -9 24
    22 Scunthorpe 21 -10 23
    23 Crystal Palace 23 -16 22
    24 Preston 22 -16 19


    see also
    Swansea 1-0 Barnsley
    29 Dec 10 |  Championship
    Rodgers praises Swans 'steel'
    28 Dec 10 |  Swansea
    Swansea 'needed' Barnsley win
    28 Dec 10 |  Swansea
    Barnsley were second best - Robins
    28 Dec 10 |  Barnsley



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