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Football: Swansea start post-Laudrup era with derby win

Published on Feb 9, 2014 7:31 AM
Swansea City's Marvin Emnes (right) is challenged by Cardiff City's Ben Turner during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales, on Feb 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SWANSEA, United Kingdom (AFP) - Swansea City made a winning start to life after Michael Laudrup by beating Cardiff City 3-0 on Saturday to leave their fierce rivals mired in the Premier League relegation zone.

Laudrup was sacked as manager on Tuesday and replaced by rookie coach Garry Monk, but second-half goals from Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony saw Cardiff blown away in the south Wales derby.

Having won only one of their previous 10 league games, Swansea moved four points clear of the bottom three, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff now three points from safety with 13 games remaining.

Writing in the match-day programme, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins justified Laudrup's sacking by claiming that the club's "strong principles" were "slowly being eroded" under the Dane's stewardship.

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