Football

Swans claim Welsh bragging rights

Swans claim Welsh bragging rights (©PAphotos)
Swans claim Welsh bragging rights (©PAphotos).

Marvin Emnes struck with 15 minutes remaining to inflict Cardiff's first home defeat of the season as bitter rivals Swansea enhanced their promotion credentials with a deserved 1-0 npower Championship victory.

The Swans largely dominated the second half and on-loan Middlesbrough winger Emnes lashed home a low shot from 20 yards to settle the south Wales derby clash. It was the Dutch player's second goal in four games for the Swans and left misfiring Cardiff, who sorely missed suspended striker Jay Bothroyd, licking their wounds.

Brendan Rodgers' men now lie just three points behind the Bluebirds and showed enough quality to suggest they can mount a sustained push for promotion this season.

They were vibrant throughout and in the seventh minute Swansea threatened when Emnes made the space to strike a fierce shot goalwards from 12 yards - but the effort was blocked by Mark Hudson.

In the 19th minute, Swansea threatened when Nathan Dyer struck a fierce shot from 12 yards which drew a smart stop from Cardiff goalkeeper Tom Heaton and six minutes later Andrea Orlandi had a shot blocked by Cardiff defender Lee Naylor and moments later the same player went close again with a volley from 12 yards.

Orlandi was at it again in the 38th minute when he fired over from 25 yards before Craig Bellamy went close with a 12-yard shot that Dorus De Vries saved shortly before the break.

Peter Whittingham tried his luck for Cardiff shortly after the restart but the momentum was soon with Swansea once more. Angel Rangel had a shot well blocked by Gyepes and Scott Sinclair also went close. Sinclair had a 66th-minute shot tipped around a post by Heaton from 12 yards out and then Hudson headed wide for Cardiff.

Bellamy also went close when he raced clear only for De Vries to make a superb save with his feet to deny the much-travelled striker.

There was a suspicion that Cardiff would be punished for Bellamy's miss and so it proved with 15 minutes remaining when Emnes collected possession and turned before striking a low left-foot shot into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Bellamy went close with a header with two minutes remaining but the hosts could not find an equaliser, to leave Swansea toasting a famous victory.

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Topics:
Dorus De Vries
Football
Peter Whittingham
Championship
Mark Hudson
Craig Bellamy
Cardiff City
Marvin Emnes
Tom Heaton
Mark Hudson
Mark Hudson
Scott Sinclair
Nathan Dyer
Middlesbrough
Tom Heaton
Andrea Orlandi
Angel Rangel
Swansea City
Jay Bothroyd

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