Swansea get 1st win under new manager

Swansea's Andre Ayew (left) and Everton's Tom Cleverley battling for the ball in their league clash last night. Ayew scored the Swans' winner.
Swansea's Andre Ayew (left) and Everton's Tom Cleverley battling for the ball in their league clash last night. Ayew scored the Swans' winner.PHOTO: REUTERS

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LONDON • In Francesco Guidolin's first match in charge of relegation-threatened Swansea yesterday, the Swans earned their first-ever Premier League win over Everton.

In contrast, it was a bad afternoon for highly regarded young Everton defender John Stones, whose poor back-pass led to the 17th-minute penalty from which Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Swansea the lead.

Everton soon equalised when Jack Cork touched Gareth Barry's flick into his own net, but a deflection off Stones from Andre Ayew's shot restored the Welsh club's lead before half-time.

They held out amid strong pressure in the second half, although the Toffees managed just two shots on target at Goodison Park.

Everton's day was summed up by the last kick of the game. A 94th-minute corner was flicked on to Seamus Coleman but the defender fired over the crossbar from just a metre out.

Said Swansea captain Ashley Williams: "The desire throughout the team was massive.

"That is what we have to do every week."

Back-to-back wins for the vistors - following a 1-0 home victory over Watford - have lifted them to 15th in the table on 25 points.

Everton are just four adrift after a run of just of one win in 10 league games and none in the last five.

Just as worryingly, they have now conceded 22 goals in 12 league games at home - three more than any other club.

"The problem is that we need responsibility," said Everton midfielder Gerard Deulofeu.

"We play at home and when at Goodison Park, we need to make it a difficult place and not concede at home.

"We have conceded the most at home and that is not possible for us."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2016, with the headline 'Swansea get 1st win under new manager'. Print Edition | Subscribe