Swansea hung on for their first home victory of the season despite ending the game with only nine men against Sheffield United.
Substitute Lee Trundle opened the scoring in the 50th minute from the penalty spot and although Stephen Quinn equalised in the 73rd minute, Tom Butler restored the home side's advantage seven minutes from time. By then they were down to 10 men after Jordi Lopez received a second yellow card, and then in the first minute of injury time Nathan Dyer was also dismissed.
``I am very proud of my players and their attitude against a very strong Sheffield United side,'' said Swansea manager Paulo Sousa. ``I want more than the strikers to score and Tom Butler has certainly stepped up after being out through injury for six or seven weeks."
He added: ``The most important thing however, is that the players believe in what we are trying to do here.
``I am happy that important players like Ferrie Bodde are back on the field but it is too early to say the extend of the injury he received today.
``We will be short on players through both injury and suspensions next week but we will see who is available and go from there.''
Blades boss Kevin Blackwell felt that his side had thrown away the points.
``We controlled the game but not the result. We gave away two sloppy goals and after that it was always hard to get a result,'' he said. ``We started well but had to dig in a bit, although we went in at half-time full of confidence.
``We had a good goal disallowed but after equalising there was only one side in it.
``Two breakaways and credit to Swansea as they took the only two chances they had in the second half. I am not complaining about the effort but there is a lot for us to learn from this game.''
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