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Match Report: Swansea City 1-0 Manchester City (Swansea Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 11th March 2012
Swansea City put a dent in Manchester City's Premier League title hopes with a thrilling 1-0 win over the league leaders at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea started off the better team and were rewarded in the 6th minute when Joe Hart brought down Wayne Routledge ins the penalty area. Scott Sinclair stepped up to take the penalty but it was saved by Hart.

Swansea continued their pressure for the rest of the first half and dominated the game. Leon Britton was allowed to dictate the game from the midfield, and striker Danny Graham had a chance in the 28th minute but his shot went wide.

Man City manager Roberto Mancini was forced to make a tactical substitution after 37 minutes, with Gareth Barry making way for Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero. The introduction of Aguero changed the game in Man City's favour and they started to pile on pressure towards the end of the first half but David Silva couldn't convert one of their many chances.

The second half started the same as the first half ended with Man City piling on the pressure. The visitors had a penalty shout when Mario Balotelli went down inside the area from a Joe Allen challenge, but nothing was given. Man City spent much of the second half trying to break down a well organised Swansea defence but to no avail, Micah Richards had a good chance but Michel Vorm made the save.

With just seven minutes to go Swansea went 1-0 up. Routledge put in a fantastic cross which left Man City's defence dumbfounded as Luke Moore drifted in unmarked and converted the header from six yards out.

Swansea put all 10 men behind the ball to hold on. It seemed Man City had scored an equaliser with just minutes remaining but referee's assistant Sian Massey deemed Micah Richards' strike to be offside.

Swansea held on to record a historical win for the Welsh side at the Liberty Stadium to put another dent in Man City's title hopes as Man Utd leapfrogged them to go top of the table.
Jamie Thomas

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