Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane struck his third plan in three video games as Swansea moved serve into 2d location within the Championship, closing the gap on leaders Norwich to two aspects with a 2-0 elevate on the Liberty Stadium.
The dwelling side leapfrogged Brentford to head serve into the automatic-promotion spots as they notched their 15th neat sheet of the season to plan bigger the tension on Norwich, who like played a recreation extra.
Needs either side of half of-time from Andre Ayew and Hourihane – who has been terrific since making a loan transfer to the Swans from Aston Villa – gave Steve Cooper’s side the advantage and their newest triumph manner they’ll rush into their FA Cup conflict with Manchester Metropolis on the serve of a 10-match unbeaten breeze.
Norwich made a assured start and place the Swans below unprecedented tension, nonetheless can even not safe a manner to total a breeze of 284 minutes with out a plan coming into the recreation in opposition to the team with the 2d simplest defensive sage in all four divisions within the serve of Manchester Metropolis.
Todd Cantwell saved utilizing Norwich forward at every probability and did his simplest to provide dangerman Teemu Pukki stare of plan. He managed it once within the 23rd minute, nonetheless the Finnish striker pulled his shot past the post.
Sooner than that, Norwich had to thank Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul for maintaining onto a protracted-vary effort from Matt Grimes from a suave corner transfer.
A shock pass from Marc Guehi set of living prime scorer Jamal Lowe free within the Canaries’ field, nonetheless his shot geared toward the honest corner was with ease held by Krul.
Swansea oldschool their cruise-backs to honest advantage to atomize from deep and it was a protracted throw from no doubt one of them, Connor Roberts, that helped to originate the door for the first plan.
The Wales world’s throw went honest across the sphere and enabled Hourihane to fireplace a fierce shot at plan that Max Aarons bravely blocked.
From the corner by Hourihane, Krul fumbled the injurious, failed to regather and would possibly maybe perhaps most effective sit down and notice in fear as Jake Bidwell grew to alter into the ball serve goalwards and Ayew in a technique swivelled to power it past five defenders and into the plan from the threshold of the six-yard field.
Having taken the lead three minutes prior to the damage, Swansea added a 2d three minutes into the 2d half of.
This time it was the extremely impressive Hourihane who did the atomize with his third Championship plan in as many video games for his new club since joining on loan from Aston Villa.
It was a dreadful lay-off from Kenny McLean following a clearance that proficient the ball to Jay Fulton. The midfielder merely rolled the ball into the direction of Hourihane and the Irishman smashed home past Krul from the threshold of the ‘D’ with the sweetest of left-foot strikes.
Norwich manager Daniel Farke knew he had to enact one thing to judge a explore at to stem the tide and he made three modifications honest prior to the hour label as he ended in Mario Vrancic, Onel Hernandez and Adam Idah.
Pukki had of project to drag a plan serve within the 83rd minute, nonetheless his shot was effectively over the bar and Norwich failed to safe for the third successive Championship recreation and fourth in all competitions.