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Swans moving on up

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Ferrie Bodde scored the pick of the goals as Swansea maintained their unbeaten home record with a deserved 3-1 victory over managerless Watford in their Coca-Cola Championship clash at the Liberty Stadium,

The 26-year-old Dutch midfielder smashed home a spectacular long-range strike to equalise Lee Williamson's opening goal before he set up Jason Scotland and substitute Guillem Bauza who made the points safe for the Swans.

Roberto Martinez's side are now just outside the play-off zone while Watford - under caretaker boss Malky Mackay who was taking charge of his first game in charge following Adrian Boothroyd's departure - remain in the relegation places.

Watford took a surprise lead in the 33rd minute after clever work by Will Hoskins who played a neat one-two with Williamson on the left edge of the penalty area.

The Jamaican midfielder cashed in on the space allowed by the Swansea defence and instinctively drilled a right-footed shot past Dimitrios Konstantopoulos into the bottom-left corner of the net.

But Martinez's outfit responded immediately and were level in spectacular fashion a minute later through Bodde.

Darren Pratley laid the ball into the path of Bodde who lashed a 30-yard drive past Hornets goalkeeper Richard Lee and into the top-left corner.

Watford's defence eventually buckled under the pressure from the Swans and the lively Bodde was again involved in the action.

Bodde lifted an intelligent ball over the Watford back line to pick out Scotland who calmly chipped the ball over Lee, who had rushed off his line, and into the net.

Swansea made certain of the points in injury time through Bauza who found space inside the Watford area after he was put through by Bodde and smashed the ball past Lee and into the corner of the net.

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Darren Pratley
Watford
Football
Guillem Bauza
Championship
Richard Lee
Will Hoskins
Malky Mackay
Ferrie Bodde
Lee Williamson
Jason Scotland
Swansea City
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos

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