Swansea out of bottom three with crucial Everton victory
Safe? Not yet, but after last night’s tension-propelled, single-goal victory over Everton and Hull’s startling defeat to oblivion-bound Sunderland, Swansea City are considerably closer to salvation than they were yesterday morning.
Swansea have taken seven points from their last three Premier League games after picking up just one in the six before that.
It was the home side and supporters, however, who were soon locked in joyful celebration.
Everton sent on Ross Barkley at half-time to find some inspiration and Swansea had to survive some anxious moments.
Swansea are putting Everton under real pressure now and nearly have a second when a cross finds its way to Mawson eight yards out but Holgate makes a great block just as he pulls the trigger to deny Mawson.
Paul Clement insists he will be at Swansea next season irrespective of what division the club are in.
It was breached inside two minutes, through Silva, and somehow avoided conceding a second goal until early in the second half when City cut loose.
The post then denied Swansea a second goal, as the ball ping-ponged around the Everton area before falling to Ayew who struck the ball with his shin, hitting the post.
But Ronald Koeman’s men have failed to win their last two Premier League games without scoring, and will be looking to get back among the goals today.
And sure enough, it was his low in-swinging cross that evaded everyone before drifting past the back post, before Fabianski had to get down sharply to gather the striker’s 20 yard shot.
Fernando Llorente scored the only goal of the game on a tense evening in south Wales as Swansea stood firm in the face of some late Everton pressure.
And from the corner that followed, the Icelander’s delivery was ideal for the unmarked Llorente, but his header was too close to Stekelenburg and the keeper gathered. Everton: Maarten Stekelenburg: 6, Mason Holgate: 7, Phil Jagielka: 6, Ashley Williams: 6, Leighton Baines: 6, Idrissa Gueye: 7, Gareth Barry: 5, Tom Davies: 6, Kevin Mirallas: 7, Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 5, Romelu Lukaku: 6.
Despite being without injured top scorer Sergio Aguero, City recorded its biggest league win under Guardiola, having often struggled to put away teams at home because of wayward finishing and sloppy defending.
Just hours after the final whistle in Hull, there was even worse news for the Tigers from the Liberty Stadium as Swansea climbed out of the bottom three.
Clement described it as a “fantastic” win as Swansea capitalised on Hull’s surprise home defeat against Sunderland, but the manager also warned there would be no complacency among his players now that their fate is in their own hands.