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Osman sinks Swans

Everton 1 Swansea 0: Leon Osman earned Everton their third win at Goodison Park this season as Swansea's away-day struggles in the Barclays Premier League continued.

The Swans have picked up only three points on their travels and, although their miserly defence withstood a flurry of chances at the end of the first half, they could not prevent Osman heading in Royston Drenthe's corner on the hour mark.

The visitors had only one chance of note but Danny Graham should have made it count rather than heading straight at Tim Howard, while Swans keeper Michel Vorm twice saved well from Everton substitute Magaye Gueye.

On 60 minutes the Toffees took the winner from a corner.

Swansea may feel aggrieved the set-piece was awarded following a driving run into the box from Drenthe, but there was no doubt about the finish, the winger's delivery planted into the far corner by Osman.

The visitors had barely created a chance but they should have equalised in the 68th minute, Graham making good contact with Wayne Routledge's cross 10 yards out but heading straight at Tim Howard.

The hosts comfortably held on to leapfrog their opponents and climb to 11th place in the table.

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