Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers lavished praise on his "magnificent" side after their crucial 3-0 win over Norwich and was left to thank the impression Didier Drogba made on Fabio Borini after the on-loan Chelsea striker`s stunning free-kick.

Swans could have slipped seven points behind second-placed Norwich had they have lost Saturday evening`s crunch Liberty Stadium showdown, but that showed no sign of happening as Borini opened the scoring before Mark Gower and Tamas Priskin rounded things off.

Rodgers said: "It was a key game for us and the players were magnificent against a top side. We were rewarded for our efforts."

He added: "Tactically we were outstanding and we showed great control. We had our hands full but we coped well after the first 10 minutes and the first goal settled us down.

"We were practising free-kicks in midweek and Fabio hit the ball like Drogba. He has obviously worked with him at Chelsea and his execution was terrific. He was outstanding.

"It was nice to see Mark Gower score. The strike was a great piece of technique while Tamas showed great courage to go in for the ball."

He added: "We have got the same number of points as last season. We have to be one group going into the final six games. We can only control our own situation. It's a great achievement but we have to push on now."

Norwich manager Paul Lambert was naturally disappointed to lose such a crucial fixture but acknowledged his battling side remain in the driving seat for the second automatic promotion spot.

"The pleasing thing is we never wilted. I'm disappointed at losing but we are still sitting second," he said.

"The players are giving me everything they have got but I can't dictate results. I can only get them ready for the game and it's up to them but I'm glad we have another game on Tuesday to bounce back."

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