Premier League - Late Mulumbu winner gives West Brom victory at Swansea

Premier League, Liberty Stadium - Swansea City 1 (Lamah 2’) West Bromwich Albion 2 (Sessegnon 52’ Mulumbu 85’)

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Youssouf Mulumbu, West Bromwich Albion

West Brom secured a dramatic 2-1 victory at Swansea City with Youssouf Mulumbu scoring the winner.

The opening goal came after just two minutes when Roland Lamah received Wilfried’s ball down the left wing, turned Steven Reid on the byline, and curled in a great finish past Ben Foster.

It could have been two on 17 minutes when Bony met Lama’s cross at the near post, only to find Foster in his path. Bony then volleyed wide after chesting down a corner.

West Brom were awful in the first half but early in the second period they shocked Swansea when Stephane Sessegnon blasted in an equaliser from 25 yards with a great strike.

On 62 minutes, Swansea had a strong penalty appeal turned down when Jonathan De Guzman’s volley struck Gareth McAuley’s raised arm. De Guzman went close ten minutes later with a well-struck shot blocked by Foster’s legs.

Then, with five minutes left, Youssuf Mulumbu scored a brilliant winner, curling a shot into the goal from the edge of the box, sealing a remarkable improvement in the second half.

KEY EVENTS

2’ - LAMAH SCORES - Bony sends a measured pass down the left for Lamah, who cuts onto his right and curls the ball past Foster, just inside the far post.

17’ - FOSTER SAVE - Lamah whips in a cross from the left, and Bony does well to get in front of his marker, but he can only volley his shot straight at Foster.

36’ - BONY MISS - Bony is unmarked in the box, brings down a corner at the back post with his chest, and slices high and wide.

52’ - SESSEGNON EQUALISER - Taking one shot to steady himself, Sessegnon strikes a powerful shot into the near corner, 25 yards from goal.

61’- DE GUZMAN PENALTY CLAIM - De Guzman volleys towards goal, the ball strikes Gareth McAuley’s arm - but the ref gives nothing.

70’ - DE GUZMAN SHOT - Driving into the box and evading defenders, De Guzman sends a low shot into the legs of Foster.

85’ - MULUMBU GOAL - A loose ball in midfield and Mulumbu collects. He strides forward as Swansea back off him, and just outside the box he strokes a low shot into the corner.

KEY STATS

This was Pepe Mel's first Premier League win.

Swansea City have won just four of their last 20 Barclays Premier League home matches (W4 D7 L9).

This was West Brom’s first Premier League away victory in their last 11 attempts.

West Ham are the only away team to keep a clean sheet at Liberty Stadium in the Premier League this season.

The Baggies have not scored a first half goal in nine of their last ten league games.

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TALKING POINT

Can West Brom stay up? A woeful first half performance was transformed by a marked improvement in the second, but although that gave them victory, it did not suggest that West Brom will be able to win enough matches against better opposition. Other sides will punish them at their worst and be able to defend against their best.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion): In a game where few impressed, Ben Foster made important saves against Wilfried Bony in the first half to keep his side in the match when they appeared utterly hopeless.

PLAYER RATINGS

Swansea: Vorm 6, Rangel 6, Amat 5, Williams 6, Davies 6, Britton 6, Canas 6, de Guzman 6, Routledge 6, Lamah 6, Bony 5. Subs: Hernandez 5, Emnes 5, Michu 6.

West Bromwich Albion: Foster 7, Dawson 5, McAuley 5, Olsson 6, Reid 5, Morrison 5, Mulumbu 6, Dorrans 5, Ridgewell 5, Sessegnon 6, Anichebe 5. Subs: O’Neil 6, Gera 5, Thievy 6.

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