Swansea City vs Burnley match report: Dyer strike makes it two out of two for Monk's men

Swansea City 1 Burnley 0

Liberty Stadium

Sean Dyche is nothing if not a realist and having seen his newly promoted Burnley lose their opening two games back in the Premier League it will only have underlined how long and hard this winter is going to be.

The joy of taking the lead against Chelsea last Monday at Turf Moor was quickly tempered by a three goal salvo from Jose Mouriniho’s side. Six days on at the Liberty Stadium they once again came under heavy fire, this time from one of last season’s mid-table sides.

If Dyche wants his side to survive in the top flight then games like this one have to be targeted for points – and points delivered from them. That they failed to force Lukasz Fabianski to make more than one meaningful save was bad enough, but their intermittent pressing of the home side allowed Swansea to play their passing game and have a fun in the sun.

They were able to build attack after attack and could, and perhaps should, have been ahead as early as the third minute when a Wayne Routledge cross from the right found Wilfried Bony unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box. The Ivory Coast World Cup star succeeded only in heading against the right-hand post. That miss apart, Bony was brilliant.

The better chances went the way of the home team in the first-half, although Danny Ings flashed a left-footed volley just over Fabianski’s bar after Jonjo Shelvey had been robbed by Dean Marney.

But the first goal always looked like coming from Swansea and it was duly provided on his 100th Premier League appearance by Nathan Dyer. Gylfi Sigurdsson provide the pass up the right flank that caught out Ben Mee on half-way and allowed Dyer to pick up the ball 40 yards out. Bony stayed onside in the middle, but Dyer’s free run saw him move into the box before firing past Tom Heaton, who should have done better.

The goal came after 23 minutes, but while the home fans, still buoyant after the 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend, starting signing ‘we’re going to win the league’, there were no more goals to savour.

Swansea  visibly relaxed in the second half, sat back and played second fiddle for long periods against a Burnley side that grew in confidence and conjured up some excellent chances. Ashley Williams had to lunge at the feet of Lukas Jutkiewicz to stop him from scoring, Scott Arfield shot over the bar and Jutkiewicz headed over with the goal beckoning.

Fabianski’s big moment came in the 68th minute when he just got a touch to a shot across his goal from David Jones that would have fallen for Matthew Taylor, and Swansea breathed again.

Despite a second-straight defeat, Dyche was pleased with his side’s display.

“In the first half we showed them too much respect and that can happen when you have just been promoted,” he said. “People are finding their feet and some guys are questioning whether they belong.

“But in the second half we were terrific, the energy, the quality of play and the framework of the team was excellent. There were some great signs for us.”

Monk, meanwhile, can reflect on a 100 per cent record.

“You would always like a more comfortable result, and we can be better, but six points from two games is all you can ask for,” he said.

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