The Swans made it three wins from three league games after a brace from Nathan Dyer and Routledge’s strike. They took just two minutes to break the deadlock with Dyer rounding the keeper and scoring from a tight angle.
Garry Monk’s side took advantage of a nervy Baggies backline with Wilfried Bony heading narrowly over. The moment of the game came on 23 minutes when Routledge struck an acrobatic volley from outside the box. And they continued to dominate with Jonas Olsson’s mis-timed header hitting his own crossbar.
The second half followed a similar pattern with Bony wasting a great effort from 12 yards. But the Welsh side made it 3-0 when Dyer calmly slotted the ball in after being put through on goal. The win is the first time the Swans have won their opening three games in the top division since 1956/57 while the Baggies have yet to register a win.
2' – GOAL! Great backheel from Sigurdsson to set up Dyer who rounds the keeper and fires the ball into the corner. Great start!
6’ – CHANCE: Bony blazes over from 30 yards, he snatched at that but it was a decent effort.
13’ – CHANCE: Shelvey crosses from the right and Bony heads over from 10 yards out.
23’ – GOAL! GOLAZO!! Routledge with an acrobatic half volley from the edge of the box.
30’ – WOODWORK: Olsson heads the ball onto the crossbar, that was lucky.
30’ – GOOD SAVE: Dyer fires a low effort which is saved by Foster but he is flagged off-side.
38’ – BAGGIES CHANCE: Ideye turns well and fires a low shot from 25 yards but Fabianski saves low to his right.
43’ – ROUTLEDGE SHOT: The ball comes out to Routledge whose swerving effort goes agonisingly wide, great technique.
63’ – PENALTY APPEAL: The free-kick by Bony near the penalty spot is saved well by Foster after Wisdom appeared to block the first effort from the striker with his arm.
67’ – BONY MISS: Bony blazes over from 12 yards with a first-time shot after Montero cuts the ball back, should have scored.
70’ - GOAL! Dyer slots the ball in after being putting through by Sigurdsson.
75’ – WOODWORK: Sessegnon smashes his effort onto the crossbar from 10 yards.
78’ – BERAHINO EFFORT: Morrison's through ball finds Berahino whose deflected shot goes wide.
82’ – GOOD SAVE: Morrison's curling effort from the edge of the box is tipped away by Fabianski.
Nathan Dyer has scored three goals in his last four games.
Wayne Routledge scored his third Premier League goal against West Brom – he has scored more against them than any other opponents.
Saido Berahino remains only three goals away from the total that earned him West Brom’s joint-top league scorer last season (5), alongside Stéphane Sessegnon.
West Brom have never won in their last 47 matches where they have trailed by two or more goals at the break.
TALKING POINT: How worried should the Baggies be? They narrowly escaped the drop last season and their form so far this campaign is two points from three games. They need to sign a couple of defenders before the window closes as Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson’s lack of pace was exposed.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City): This was the first time he has scored two goals at home in his career. The winger was bright and energetic from the start and had the beating of Jason Davidson throughout. He took his first goal well from a tight angle before sealing a comfortable victory with a cool finish in the second half.
Swansea City: Fabianski 5, Amat 5, Taylor 5, Ki 5, Williams 6, Shelvey 6, Bony 6, Dyer 9, Routledge 8, Rangel 5, Sigurdsson 7. Subs: Gomis 5, Tiensalli, Montero 6, Carroll 5.
West Brom: Foster 6, Wisdom 4, Dawson 4, Olsson 4, Davidson 5, Gardner 5, Mulumbu 5, Berahino 7, Dorrans 6, Brunt 5, Ideye 6. Subs: Sessegnon 6, Morrison 6, Gamboa 5.
MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Wayne Routledge
- Nathan Dyer
- West Bromwich Albion
- Wilfried Bony
- Jonas Olsson