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Rodgers: We earned our rewards

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Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers hailed a "very complete" performance as his side claimed a first Premier League win with a 3-0 victory over West Brom at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans entered the game having not mustered a league goal in their four previous outings, but there was no stopping them once Scott Sinclair ended their 374-minute wait by slotting home from the spot in the 14th minute with Leroy Lita and Nathan Dyer also netting.

Rodgers said: "I thought we thoroughly deserved the win, it was a very complete performance. Our performance level has been excellent in the first five games, and that's three clean sheets now, and we have always looked like scoring."

He added: "But we have never had that bit of good fortune, but our play with and without the ball was top class.

"Sometimes if you play like we have been playing and you don't pick up a win it may drag on and you can lose confidence, but it was an outstanding team performance."

West Brom rarely threatened Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal with Shane Long and Graham Dorrans seeing their best efforts denied by the Dutchman.

But manager Roy Hodgson was more concerned about the defensive errors that cost his side.

Hodgson said: "I thought we played poorly and Swansea played very well and when you get that combination it is going to be difficult to get a result.

"That attempt is not helped by conceding two goals that were clear defensive errors, and 2-0 down at half-time we are going to have to show a lot of character to get back in the game.

"That lasted three minutes before the third goal, which was another goal I am very disappointed to concede as we did not think Swansea's goals would come from long kicks from the goalkeeper and flick-ons behind our defence."

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