Belfast Telegraph

Swans deepen Rovers' woes

Blackburn were plunged further into relegation trouble as they were soundly beaten 3-0 by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Gylfi Sigurdsson produced a brilliant curler to grab his first goal on home soil and give Swansea a 37th-minute lead, with Nathan Dyer doubling the advantage six minutes later. Scott Dann then capped a terrible day for Rovers by putting through his own net just after the hour mark.

Midfielder David Dunn hit the post with the visitors' best effort but this was a miserable display that leaves Steve Kean's side three points from safety in 19th place having played at least a game more than the sides around them.

The hosts soon settled and Rovers captain Paul Robinson just about managed to keep out a ferocious, swerving drive from the dangerous Sigurdsson, but the former England goalkeeper was beaten by the Iceland international seconds later.

Joe Allen floated a lovely ball across the box which Sigurdsson brought down to curl a left-footed effort into the far corner of the net for his seventh goal since his loan move from Hoffenheim.

The lead soon doubled as Dann's woeful clearance fell to Scott Sinclair.

The winger played the ball inside to Danny Graham, who in turn unselfishly set up Dyer for the winger to slice the ball past Robinson.

Swansea extended their lead further in the 63rd minute. Sinclair danced his way into the box, beating three defenders before teeing up Sigurdsson.

The midfielder's effort hit the post but the unfortunate Dann directed the rebound into his own net.

Dunn then headed over from inside the six yard box, and then struck the post in a brief Rovers rally that came to nothing.


From Belfast Telegraph