Premier League - Swansea hold on to edge Burnley

Premier League, Liberty Stadium – Swansea 1 (Dyer 23) Burnley 0

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Swansea City's Nathan Dyer (12) celebrates scoring a goal against Burnley during their English Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium (Reuters)

A Nathan Dyer goal midway through the first half saw Swansea City beat Burnley 1-0 in a close encounter at the Liberty Stadium.

The hosts dominated the early proceedings in terms of possession and chances and could have been further clear by the break but for some poor finishing.

But Burnley looked a different side in the second half and will consider themselves unlucky not to have got something from the game.

The win means that Swansea have now won their opening two matches and are now second in the table behind Chelsea.

KEY MOMENTS

3’ – EARLY CHANCE BONY - Jason Shackell does brilliantly to head his goalbound header off the line from Routledge’s cross.

8’ – CHANCE BURNLEY - Ings fires his shot just wide of the top corner from Jutkiewicz’s pass.

17’ – CHANCE SIGURDSSON - Routledge’s cross is on a plate for Sigurdsson to tap home but it’s too close to Heaton, who holds on.

23’ – GOAL SWANSEA - A lovely pass from Sigurdsson finds Dyer. He has Bony to his left but catches Heaton slightly off guard by going for goal and he can only cat a hand to it before it hits the net.

49’ – CHANCE BURNLEY - Jutkiewicz shoots on goal but Williams gets in an excellent block.

51’ – CHANCE BURNLEY - Jutkiewicz delivers a good cross to Arfield but he skies it over the bar.

62’ – CHANCE JUTKIEWICZ - The striker looks bound to score but heads over Marney’s cross from a few yards out.

67’ – GREAT SAVE FABIANSKI - Jones’ shot looks destined for the corner before the Swans keeper’s fingertips steer it away from Jutkiewicz’s path.

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Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yueng (L) is challenged by Burnley's David Jones (Reuters)

KEY STATS

Swansea have won their opening two matches in a top-flight season for only the third time – after 1981/82 & 2012/13.

Swansea win for the third match in a row in the PL. The last time they won three games in a row in the PL was May-Aug 2012.

Burnley have only won one match in their last 19 away games in the top flight (the whole of the 2009/10 season). That win was against Hull City 4-1 on 10 April 2010.

Swansea have lost just one of the last 16 PL matches where they have led at the break (13 wins, two draws) – the 2-1 home defeat v West Brom in March 2014.

Burnley have failed to keep a clean sheet in the PL in their last 29 matches (club record), since they won 2-0 at home against Hull City on 31 October 2009.

Nathan Dyer scored on his 100th PL career appearance. Swansea are unbeaten in the 14 PL matches in which he has netted, winning 10 of those.

TALKING POINT:

Monk’s strange substitution. Wilfred Bony looked the most dangerous man on the pitch before Gary Monk decided to take him off in a like-for-like substitution for Bafetimbi Gomis. From then on, Swansea never looked like scoring.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Burnley): Caused birthday boy Ashley Williams no end of problems. Created enough chances for himself and his side to have gotten something from the game.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

PLAYER RATINGS

Swansea City: Fabianski 7, Rangel 5, Amat 6, Williams 6, Taylor 6, Ki 6, Shelvey 6, Dyer 7, Sigurdsson 7, Routledge 7, Bony 7. SUBS: Tiendalli 6, Montero 6, Gomis 6

Burnley: Heaton 6, Arfield 6, Mee 6, Jones 7, Shackell 6, Marney 7, Trippier 6, Ings 7, Taylor 7, Jutkiewicz 8, Duff 6. SUBS: Wallace 6, Sordell 6, Barnes 6.

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