Craig Beattie scored against his former club to give Swansea City an impressive win at League leaders West Brom to put Paulo Sousa’s side up to 11th in the table.
It was only our second win on our travels this season but it gives the team a massive boost after a rather slow start to the season.
Sousa was forced into making a few changes to his line-up. Andrea Orlandi was out injured which gave Cedric Van Der Gun an opportunity to impress on the left wing as Mark Gower shifted over to the centre.
Marcos Painter replaced Fede Bessone at left back, and once again there was no place on the bench for striker Stephen Dobbie.
We lined up:
Rangel – Williams – Tate – Painter
Dyer – Pratley – Britton – Gower – Van Der Gun
West Brom made a bright start to the game and dominated possession and chances in the opening 20 minutes, but the home side kept blazing shots over the bar which kept De Vries quiet in the opening stages.
The Swans got more involved and ended the first half the better of the two sides. Beattie should have done better following Dyer’s cross, and then Dyer had a chance well saved before the break.
Ashley Williams and Alan Tate in particular performed superbly in defence as they limited the Baggies to half chances here and there, all of which failed to hit the target.
Van Der Gun also had a chance to give Swansea the lead after good link-up play with Mark Gower, but he made the wrong choice in delaying his shot, and eventually fired wide of the target.
The Swans did get the goal they deserved though and we only had to wait less than 5 minutes after the restart.
The ball was well-worked to Beattie down the left and from an acute angle, he fired low into the bottom right corner with his weaker left foot to send the superb, vocal travelling support into raptures.
West Brom looked for an instant reply after conceding a goal and the Swans had to defend brilliantly for a long 25-30 minute spell.
As the hosts threw men forward in search of an equaliser, Sousa’s side nearly put the game beyond any doubt with two great chances near the end. Substitute Tom Butler saw a shot palmed onto the woodwork from goalkeeper Carson and moments before, Williams’ header from a corner was also well saved.
Cox saw a shot go just wide of the far post in a late great chance to get a point deep into injury time, but Swansea City held on for a superb victory.