By Rich Brown
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A solitary strike from Jon Stead was enough to secure an impressive 1-0 away win over in-form Swansea. The home side, who had been unbeaten at The Liberty and not conceded a goal in the league for over nine hours, were undone by a well-organised City side who defended brilliantly to hold out for victory.
City made just one change from the team which drew with Preston, with Campebll-Ryce replacing the injured Danny Rose.
With the game barely five minutes old, City found themselves in the lead. Adomah had the ball on the right hand side of midfield and used his pace and power to speed past an under-par Alan Tate before beating Wales captain Ashley Williams with ease. He then squared accurately for Campbell-Ryce, who saw his shot saved, but Stead was perfectly placed to knock in the rebound to put City 1-0 up.
Adomah was dominant on the wing, with Swansea unable to deal with his attacking threat. Swansea were failing to create any goalscoring chances, with Elliott marshalling the midfield and Caulker dominating aerially, City were very hard to break down.
With the home side searching for an equaliser, they committed men forward, giving City the opportunity to counter attack. It was after a Swansea attack broke down that City almost scored a second. Stead played Adomah in, but he saw his shot hit the bar before bouncing away to safety.
Swansea’s only real chance came when Bath-born Scott Sinclair was played in by Dyer, but David James did well to close down the space quickly, leaving the former Chelsea forward a small angle than he anticipated as he saw his shot go wide.
Swansea continued to struggle to create goalscoring opportunities, and with City still looking dangerous on the break, Caulker headed at the keeper’ when he found space in the opposition’s box. The superb Liam Fontaine came to City’s defence when he dispossessed Emnes when he looked to be in the clear, with the centre-back making a goal-saving challenge to deny the Dutch striker.
City then survived a goal-bound effort by Tate from a corner, with Adomah doing his job by clearing off the line when Swansea will feel they should have scored. Still struggling to deal with Adomah, the in-form winger almost grabbed another for City, but he saw his shot tipped wide following another good counter attack.
City then received a piece of good fortune when Williams saw his header, heading for the back of the net, inadvertently deflecting over by the unaware Sinclair.
City held on for the remaining few minutes and capped an excellent performance with all three points. The back four, and James, were fantastic in denying Swansea any time and space in the final third, with Caulker and Fontaine particularly impressive at the heart of defence.
Elliott was excellent in the middle, and Adomah was unplayable at times, with his pace a constant threat. Stead did well holding up the ball and his work rate was once again exemplary, with the striker proving to be a highly effective signing for City.
With City now unbeaten in five, this win at Swansea will give City faith that they possess the quality at both ends of the pitch to pull themselves away from the relegation zone. Swansea’s first loss at home was one that was warmly received by the City faithful, with the 500 or so jubilant after such an important three points.
Swansea: De Vries, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Tate, Sinclair, Pratley (Allen, 45), Orlandi (Gower, 45), Agustien (Dobbie, 64), Dyer, Emnes
City: James, Carey, Caulker, Fontaine, McAllister (Skuse, 86), Adomah, Johnson, Elliott, Campbell-Ryce, Stead (Cisse, 68), Haynes (Pitman, 74)
Goals: Stead 5
Referee: G Scott
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