January 17, 2018
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Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony with team mates celebrate scoring their first goal against West Bromwich Albion during their Premier League match at Liberty Stadium, Swansea, December 9, 2017. — Reuters picSwansea City’s Wilfried Bony with team mates celebrate scoring their first goal against West Bromwich Albion during their Premier League match at Liberty Stadium, Swansea, December 9, 2017. — Reuters picSWANSEA, Dec 10 — Striker Wilfried Bony smashed home from close range with nine minutes left as Swansea City defeated fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion 1-0 yesterday for their first Premier League victory in nearly two months.

Ivorian Bony punished West Brom with an unstoppable drive after the visitors failed to clear a Swansea corner, ending Swansea’s seven-game run without a victory and lifting them off the bottom of the table.

Substitute Tammy Abraham nearly doubled Swansea’s lead in stoppage-time but the on-loan striker from Chelsea failed to find the target despite beating West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster with a deft chip after a swift counter-attack.

Alan Pardew is still looking for his first win since taking charge of 17th-placed West Brom, who are winless in 14 games, with fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal coming up.

Swansea’s first league victory since beating Huddersfield Town 2-0 eased the pressure on manager Paul Clement ahead of their clash with leaders Manchester City on Wednesday.

“There has been frustration in the club that we have not performed how we are capable of,” Clement said.

“But we did what was needed to be done. The timing of the goal put us in a great position.

“This has to be a springboard. We have a difficult test against Manchester City, the best team in the league, but there are points up for grabs so let’s see what we get.”

Pardew rued his side’s missed chances on an evening when both teams struggled to create openings.

“We had three or four great opportunities on the break and didn’t take them,” he said. “We lacked conviction and then a set-play goal. It was a tight game.” —  Reuters



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