Post by Football News on Feb 10, 2018 17:13:24 GMT
Swansea 1-0 Burnley
Swansea City edged further away from the Premier League relegation zone as Ki Sung-yueng's late strike gave them a significant win over Burnley.
A meeting between two of the division's four lowest-scoring teams was predictably light on clear-cut chances, with the game's first shot on target not materialising until Johann Berg Gudmundsson's second-half effort was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.
Burnley looked the likeliest victors for much of the game but the introduction of Swansea's club-record signing Andre Ayew inspired a stirring finish from the hosts.
After his brother Jordan Ayew was denied by the visitors' keeper Nick Pope, the Swans continued to press for the winner, which Ki supplied with a powerful low drive from the edge of the penalty area.
Victory moves Swansea up to 15th in the table - two points clear of the bottom three - and extends their unbeaten run to nine matches.
Burnley, meanwhile, are still without a win in 2018 but remain seventh in the table.
Swans' resurgence continues Swansea have been revitalised by the arrival of manager Carlos Carvalhal, who has lost only one of his 11 games since taking charge in December.
During that period the team have played with greater fluency and purpose, while Carvalhal has lifted spirits on and off the field with his eccentric turns of phrase and spontaneous acts of kindness, such as handing out Portuguese custard tarts to journalists in his media conference before this fixture.
Even one of Carvalhal's quirky analogies, however, would have struggled to illuminate this goalless first half.
Swansea had managed only 19 goals in their preceding 26 league fixtures and they struggled to trouble a Burnley defence which had conceded just 23, the fourth best record in the division.
Forward Andre Ayew came on in the second half for his first appearance since rejoining the Swans from West Ham for a club-record £18m, possibly rising to £20m.
His introduction and that of striker Tammy Abraham gave Swansea the presence in Burnley's penalty area they had previously been lacking, and prompted a sustained spell of pressure from the hosts.
Abraham's flick-on set up Jordan Ayew for an instinctive close-range effort which was saved by Pope, and that chance in particular appeared to spur the home side on to push for the winning goal.
It arrived after some fine work from right-back Kyle Naughton, who wriggled into a promising position on the outskirts of the Burnley box before passing to Ki, whose rasping low drive whistled into the bottom corner.