Swansea City edged towards Premier League safety after easing to a 3-0 victory over a poor Norwich City at the Liberty Stadium.

A first half brace from midfielder Jonathan de Guzman and a late goal from winger Wayne Routledge sealed a comfortable three points on an afternoon when Norwich slipped closer to the danger zone. 

The Welsh side had never beaten Norwich in the Premier League in five attempts, and came into the match without a win in nine games, but showed no signs of this form controlling the game from the first whistle.  

The hosts gave few chances away to the Canaries, as they increased their gap from the bottom three to seven points, with defeat for Norwich leaving them without a win in their last nine games away from Carrow Road.

The game started slowly with neither team creating any clear cut chances. Michu, starting his first game at the Liberty Stadium since his ankle injury, came closest but dragged a shot just wide of John Ruddy's post in the Norwich goal.

Swansea began to take a stranglehold of the game with their high pressure  forcing the Norwich defenders into sloppy mistakes and misplaced passes. The deadlock was finally broken in the 30th minute as De Guzman pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area and fired in a low shot into the corner of Ruddy's goal. 

Just eight minutes later De Guzman scored his second of the game, and seventh of the season, as he finished off a fine team goal. The Dutchman picked up the ball in midfield and played the ball into the feet of striker Wilfried Bony who subsequently played an exquisite backheel pass back into the path of De Guzman, before the midfielder clipped the ball over Ruddy to give Garry Monk's side a commanding lead at half time. 

Norwich struggled to gather any momentum during the game and goalkeeper Michel Vorm was rarely troubled throughout the 90 minutes. They did however start the second half as the brighter side with Robert Snodgrass forcing Swans Ashley Williams into an important goal line clearance.

Garry Monk was no doubt wary that his team may drop their performance levels late on, as in previous games against Crystal Palace and West Brom, where they dropped points from winning positions. 

But after bringing on the fresh legs of Pablo Hernandez, Swansea were able to take control of the game again and seal the victory on the 75th minute. Some good link up play between Bony and Jonjo Shelvey saw the English midfielder play a perfectly weighted pass to Wayne Routledge who then guided a left footed shot into Ruddy's net. 

As the final whistle blew, the relief from the home fans was clear, after an impressive performance that leaves them confident of beating the drop. Norwich, however, will know they have to pick themselves up as they continue to battle against relegation, with manager Chris Hughton desperate to improve their fortunes away from home. 

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