Swansea City 1-0 Norwich City: Gylfi Sigurdsson delivers three key points for Swans

The Jacks took another step towards Premier League survival with a huge win at the weekend.

Swansea City 1-0 Norwich City: Gylfi Sigurdsson delivers three key points for Swans
Gylfi Sigurdsson (back) celebrating his goal with Modou Barrow (Front) in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Norwich City at the Liberty Stadium. Photo provided by BPI/Rex/Shutterstock.
Swansea City
1 0
Norwich City
Swansea City: Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Rangel, Fernández, Britton (Fer, '55), Ayew (Gomis, '64), Routledge, Sigurdsson, Cork, Paloschi (Barrow, '64)
Norwich City: Ruddy, Martin, Brady (Bennett, '27), Klose, Pinto, Naismith (Bamford, '64), Howson, Redmond, O'Neil, Jerome (Mbokani, '64) and Hoclahon
SCORE: 1-0, 61 min, Sigurdsson
REFEREE: Referee: Craig Dawson. Yellow Cards: Jerome (13 min), Brady (17 min), Taylor (34 min), Bennett (46 min), Martin (50 min), O'Neil (57 min) and Rangel (94 min)
INCIDENTS: Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Norwich City. The match was held at Liberty Stadium and played on a Saturday.

Swansea City survived Norwich City’s late scare to win 1-0 on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium. Gylfi Sigurdsson once again came through for the Swans as the crafty midfielder scored the game winning goal just past the hour and delivered a crucial three points for the Welsh club.

Sigurdsson shines again

Dutch international Leroy Fer had only been in the game for six minutes when he impacted the match with the game winning assist. He received the ball at the top of the penalty box, took one step towards goal and then quickly released a low crisp pass to a wide open Sigurdsson, who finished coolly.

The 26-year-old Icelandic midfielder wasted no time after his first touch and the majority of the 20,924 spectators at the Liberty Stadium erupted as he bagged his eighth goal for the club this campaign.

The fans were celebrating even more at the full time whistle, because this was the Jacks second victory in a row. With this result, they are now completely in control of their own destiny when it comes to staying in the Premier League.

Rough first half for both 

Despite this moment of quality, the first half of this match was pitiful. The two clubs entered this game fighting for survival and it showed. Instead of showing desperation and attacking the second the match started, the two teams were stuck in a physical duel. There were a combined 34 tackles, 29 fouls and seven yellow cards shown - of which five were given to the Canaries.

The pace of the game dropped as a result and chances were rare. The Jacks failed even a register a single shot on target in the first 45 minutes. It was not exactly an easy watch for anyone - not even newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was in the stands watching this relegation battle.

It was no surprise the game was a scoreless draw at half time then. 

Scary moments for Swansea

After Swansea took the lead 16 minutes after the restart, however, they had to really dig deep to defend their lead as Norwich sent wave upon wave of attack in the final minutes of the match - almost punishing the Swans for not taking chances to increase their lead.

In the 87th minute, Wayne Routledge sliced his clearance and it landed right at the feet of Canaries winger Nathan Redmond in the box. He controlled the loose ball and fired a shot towards the bottom, only to see it spin just wide of the mark.

Two minutes later, it was Swansea defender Federico Fernández who nearly rewarded Norwich a point. Substitute Patrick Bamford beat the Argentinean to a pass that led him deep into the box, before beating the defender and striking at Lukasz Fabianksi - who came up with a good save.

Lukasz Fabianski last minute save secured the 1-0 victory for the Swans on Saturday. Photo provided by Getty Images.
Lukasz Fabianski last minute save secured the 1-0 victory for the Swans on Saturday. Photo provided by Getty Images.

In the end, the Welsh club held on to the 1-0 victory and now sit in 16th place with 33 points - nine above the relegation zone.

Their next game will be a crucial one on Saturday against Bournemouth, who appear set to stay up following promotion last year. If the Jacks win, they can potentially overlap Crystal Palace, the Cherriesand even West Bromwich Albion in 13th.

Share on Facebook