Fulham surprise Swans at home

Swansea lost 3-0 to Fulham at the Liberty Stadium on the final

day of the Premier League season.

The prize of eighth place to go along with their League Cup win

against Bradford City in February was up for grabs for Swansea but

they struggled against a disciplined Fulham.

Bryan Ruiz was the first to threaten when escaping the offside

trap but he wanted too much time on the ball and eventually fluffed

his shot wide.

Swansea then enjoyed a spell of possession around the Fulham

18-yard box but other than a Pablo Hernandez strike that flashed

just wide from 22 yards they never really looked like scoring.

Then the breakthrough came. Emmanuel Frimpong did well in

midfield and Ruiz’s back flick return gave him time to pick

Alexander Kacaniklic out and he finished well past Michel Vorm on

22 minutes.

Kacaniklic then had the game’s next opportunity. Fulham were

awarded a free-kick and, while Swansea were sleeping, Vorm needed

to be at his best as he tipped onto the post from the Swede.

As the game approached the interval Jonathan de Guzman headed

wide from Angel Rangel’s cross when it appeared Michu had a far

easier chance just behind him.

At the start of the second half, Michael Laudrup’s men certainly

had a go and could have equalised at least three times.

Hernandez set Wayne Routledge in when he could have shot but the

winger’s attempt hit the side-netting.

Hernandez was then played in by Rangel but Mark Schwarzer was

equal to it and made the save. Moments later De Guzman picked out

Ashley Williams but the ball hit him and then the post, and it

looked like it was going to be Fulham’s day.

Then, on 77 minutes, Dimitar Berbatov sneaked through by

rounding Vorm before passing into the empty net after the

Bulgarian’s lovely run was picked out by Ruiz.

Swansea did not let that deflate them too much but they appeared

to run out of ideas and, for the first time this season, the home

fans started to show their frustrations.

In stoppage-time Swansea’s misery was complete as substitute

Urby Emanuelson tapped in after Kacaniklic’s shot was saved.