Swans edge out battling Tykes

Jermaine Easter's first goal for Swansea gave them a 1-0 home win over Barnsley and moved them level on points with second-placed Cardiff.

Last Updated: 28/12/10 at 17:36

Easter: On target against Barnsley

Easter: On target against Barnsley

World Cup Promotions

Daily World Cup Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Easter, who completed an emergency deadline-day loan move from MK Dons, will have done his chances of earning a coveted January switch to the Liberty Stadium no harm.

The Wales international's 27th-minute close-range finish from Nathan Dyer's cross proved the difference between the two sides and provided a much-needed victory for the Swans, who lost 4-0 at leaders QPR on Boxing Day.

They now head into 2011 in third place in the npower Championship, level on points with Cardiff and Leeds and with Norwich just one behind in what is rapidly becoming a thrilling promotion tussle.

It has been a disappointing Christmas period for Barnsley who have now lost both of their festive fixtures after a five-match unbeaten run and are down in 16th.

Stephen Dobbie tried his luck with just four minutes on the clock, drilling right of target from 18 yards.

And that set the pattern for an opening spell in which the hosts dominated proceedings - Dyer forcing a parried save from Tykes stopper Luke Steele during a period of play in which they enjoyed six corners in five minutes.

Adam Hammill forced a save from Dorus de Vries at the other end but that proved mere brief respite before the Swans broke the deadlock.

Dyer found enough space on the right side of the penalty area and picked out Easter from six yards who pounced to convert his first goal since August in what was only his first start for the Welsh club.

Both sides then exchanged chances - Hammill blasting off target for the visitors before Easter and Dobbie did the same.

Matchwinner Easter then came close to a second when he saw his header from 12 yards rebound off the bar.

The second half started with a chance for Barnsley after just 58 seconds, Jim O'Brien testing the reflexes of De Vries.

Dobbie continued to pose a threat for Swansea and it was he who almost grabbed the second goal the home side craved when Steele tipped his close-range shot around a post after 71 minutes.

It was De Vries' turn to next prove his worth, keeping out Goran Lovre's header and then Paul Hayes' drive as Mark Robins' charges pushed for an equaliser.

But despite their late pressure it was not to be, and it was Dyer who could have added a third for Rodgers' side but for another impressive stop from Steele.

That was before De Vries parried substitute Jacob Butterfield's 20-yard effort to safety in the fifth minute of injury time to ensure Swansea took the honours.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Birmingham 0 0 0
2 Blackburn 0 0 0
3 Blackpool 0 0 0
4 Bolton 0 0 0
5 Bournemth 0 0 0
6 Brentford 0 0 0
7 Brighton 0 0 0
8 Cardiff 0 0 0
9 Charlton 0 0 0
10 Derby 0 0 0
11 Fulham 0 0 0
12 Huddersfld 0 0 0
13 Ipswich 0 0 0
14 Leeds 0 0 0
15 Middlesbro' 0 0 0
16 Millwall 0 0 0
17 Norwich 0 0 0
18 N Forest 0 0 0
19 Reading 0 0 0
20 Rotherham 0 0 0
21 Sheff Wed 0 0 0
22 Watford 0 0 0
23 Wigan 0 0 0
24 Wolves 0 0 0

Updated Wed, 18 Jun 2014

Footer 365

World Cup: Alexander Buttner disappointed with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal

Alexander Buttner feels he has been 'unfairly ignored' by Louis van Gaal and is aiming to break into the Holland squad

Rob Witschge feels Luis Suarez is bound to succeed in Barcelona

Luis Suarez is bound to succeed at Barcelona according to one of the men who had a part in developing his talents.

Transfer news: Newcastle agree fee with Montpellier for Remy Cabella

Newcastle have agreed a fee with French club Montpellier to sign midfielder Remy Cabella, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Alexis Sanchez: Really Not THAT Good

The backlash has begun: Why are Barca letting him go if he's any good? We have mails on Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez, the World Cup and the wonder of F365...

Stop Your Sobbing And Man Up...

Oh and honey, put the kettle on. We have more World Cup mails but it's mostly an orgasmic explosion at the signing of Alexis Sanchez. Could this be Arsenal's year?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property