Swansea City 3-4 Norwich City – Match Review
Norwich came out smiling in a seven goal thriller with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium to extend their unbeaten run to nine games.
Chris Hughton’s men have hit a rich vein of form of late and find themselves just four points shy of a Champions League spot despite sitting 11th in the Premier League table.
The Swans came into the game brimming with confidence after vanquishing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last week but were brought back down to Earth on home soil by a vibrant Canaries side.
Despite only scoring five times on their travels Hughton’s charges needed only 16 minutes to make the breakthrough when Steven Whittaker surged into the penalty area and lashed beyond Gerhard Tremmel after exchanging passes with Robert Snodgrass on the right.
That lead was doubled five minutes before half time, Sebastien Bassong popping up to bury head home Grant Holt’s cross. The Norwich striker then got his own name on the scoresheet as he beat Ki Sung-Yeung to nod Snodgrass’ free kick past Tremmel.
Whatever Laudrup said to his players at the interval paid immediate dividends and six minutes after the restart Michu had reduced the deficit after latching on to Ben Davies’ pass and burying his shot past Mark Bunn.
And nine minutes later there was hope of restoring parity. Nathan Dyer sped past Javier Garrido on the right and his cross found its way to Jonathan De Guzman, who found the net with a powerful volley.
But their hopes of completing a remarkable comeback was all but ended when Snodgrass bent a wonderful free kick over the wall and past the despairing Tremmel.
Swansea continued to chase and set up a tense finish when Michu headed in De Guzman’s cross. And they were denied an equaliser minutes later when Bunn tipped Itay Shechter’s strike over the bar to ensure the Canaries equalled their best top flight unbeaten run set back in October 1989