Belfast Telegraph

Swansea end winless streak

Swansea ended a run of five Barclays Premier League games without a win as two goals in three second-half minutes saw them beat Wigan 2-1 at a relieved Liberty Stadium.

Record signing Pablo Hernandez grabbed his first goal for the club in the 65th minute and Michu's sixth of the campaign quickly doubled their advantage.

Emmerson Boyce pulled one back almost immediately for Wigan, but Arouna Kone had an equaliser ruled out for offside as their own winless run extended to six games.

Swansea started purposefully but the visitors had the best early chances, Kone and Shaun Maloney denied by Michel Vorm. Michu volleyed over from Wayne Routledge's deft pass and then headed over after some slick build-up involving Ki Sung-yueng, Leon Britton and Routledge.

Swansea were almost caught on the break when Maloney played Beausejour in but the Chile international fired over. Swansea pressed again after half-time and Britton whistled a shot just wide before Ali Al Habsi beat out Ki's strike.

The breakthrough finally came after 65 minutes. Routledge brilliantly beat Ivan Ramis out on the left and when Jonathan De Guzman fed Hernandez, the Spaniard swivelled and dispatched a right-foot shot low into the net. It was 2-0 barely two minutes later.

De Guzman's superb inswinging corner picked out Michu's near-post run for the forward to glance home. The glut of goals continued as Wigan instantly hit back.

Chico Flores misjudged a long ball and his error ended with Boyce acrobatically flicking in from James McCarthy's scuffed shot.

Kone thought he had equalised but his far-post header was chalked off for a tight offside decision.

Swansea were denied a third as Al Habsi saved from substitute Nathan Dyer after an excellent break. Franco Di Santo then wasted Wigan's best opportunity as he fired tamely at Vorm while the Dutchman had to save from opposite number Al Habsi in a frantic finish.


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