Swansea v Fulham reaction

Swansea led 1-0 thanks to Scott Sinclair’s 56th-minute effort,

which took a huge deflection off Clint Dempsey on its way in, when

Fulham substitute Karim Frei won a penalty after tumbling over Jazz

Richards with four minutes to go. But Vorm pulled off his second

spot-kick save of the season with an athletic diving stop to his

right to deny Dempsey and allow Danny Graham to put a seal on

Swansea’s fourth win of the campaign by flicking home a Mark Gower

corner in added time. That penalty stop followed on from brilliant

saves to keep put Bryan Ruiz and Andrew Johnson efforts and gave

Vorm his seventh clean sheet of the season. And having brought the

28-year-old to south Wales from FC Utrecht for just

£1.5million in the summer, Rodgers has no doubt he has secured

one of the best goalkeepers in the top flight. He said: “People

will tell you that a good goalkeeper will get you up to 10-plus

points and everyone knows we have a top keeper. The speed with

which he got there to make the safe was exceptional and he deserves

the acclaim, it was very important for us. “It was a great bit of

business for us, it’s a steal. He is a good guy, very professional.

His family have settled well in Swansea and he is enjoying life in

this fantastic league. “That penalty was a key moment, although it

wasn’t a penalty. If you look at the replay you can see that Jazz

Richards doesn’t do anything and the guy kicks his leg, goes over

and the referee bought it. “But as for the save, you see so many

goalkeepers try and steal two or three yards off their line but he

was near enough to his line going the right way and used a strong

arm and that was as much as we deserved because we were the side

always trying to make the breakthrough.” Swansea had dominated play

for the majority of proceedings but it took Sinclair’s fortuitous

strike to spark the game, which was hardly making for absorbing

viewing, into life. The goal was Sinclair’s fourth of the season,

and his first from open play, and Rodgers doesn’t see the strike

being taken off him despite the deflection which wrong-footed

Schwarzer. He said: “That’s him off the mark in open play, so you

try and take it off him. “He was outstanding again, strikers are

confidence players but he is always in there looking to score and

he is really effective, he is a natural goalscorer. “He was a real

handful, combining well with people to get in the box and he earned

his goal and deserved it. “It was just about what we deserved,

after the way we had passed and probed away.” Fulham were without

striker Bobby Zamora, who was rested amid speculation that he had

had a falling-out with manager Martin Jol. But the Dutchman played

down those rumours when asked about the England forward’s absence.

He said: “I made the decision on Thursday to play Andrew Johnson

because he works hard in training. The last couple of weeks we

played with Mousa Dembele and Bobby up front and I thought the time

was there to play Andrew Johnson again. “I don’t have any problem

with any player. The only thing I want is for them to give 100 per

cent to the club and then there is no problem. “I need all my

players. We have another important game (against Odense) on

Wednesday and Bryan Ruiz can’t play in Europe, we have a few little

injuries so I need all my players. “He (Zamora ) is probably not

the player who is the best substitute so I thought it was better to

wait for next week and important games coming up. He wants to play

for this club.” Of Dempsey’s penalty miss, he added: “After the

goal we took control and created chances and to get the penalty at

the end, it was awful to see Clint miss but this is football. We

had it before against Chelsea, the keeper showed great reflexes.”