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Swansea 3 Norwich 0

JONATHAN DE GUZMAN went double Dutch to blast Swansea close to safety.

The midfielder struck twice in a devastating eight-minute first-half spell to
give Garry Monk a crucial second win as interim head coach.

Wayne Routledge sealed the points that lift Swans seven clear of danger — one
ahead of the Canaries, who crashed to a SIXTH straight away defeat.

Deadly De Guzman is in his second season on loan from Spanish outfit

And after seeing his side boost his chances of landing the job full-time, Monk
admitted his first task would be to make the two-goal hero’s move permanent.

Monk, 35, said: “Jonathan is a player who would be top of our list for the

“He’s been here for so long now and enjoys it here. He would be an important
signing — but we have to speak to the player and see what he thinks.”

Wes Hoolahan challenging for the ball


The victory was Monk’s first since he started his reign at the Liberty with a
derby thrashing of Cardiff eight games ago.

But he insisted the Welsh club have not yet guaranteed their top-flight status
for a fourth season.

He added: “I don’t care what our points tally is. I am not focusing on that.

“We are definitely not safe — and we have to get more wins. That’s crucial.

“I have told the boys that I don’t want to lose another game this season.

Jonathan de Guzman fired Swansea into the lead on the half-hour mark


“But three goals, three points and a clean sheet — I will take that. It was a
very important win.

“Some of our football was excellent, but I’ve seen us play better and not get
any points.

“Nobody has said anything to me about my future. I assume it will be sorted
out at the end of the season. I am not going to go chasing the chairman, as
I feel that if you’ve earned it then you will get it.

“If it’s to be, then great. But if it’s not to be, then it means I haven’t
earned it.”

De Guzman enjoys scoring his first goal for Swansea


The Swans took command with a stunning salvo inside eight minutes as the
interval approached.

De Guzman punished Norwich’s failure to clear Jonjo Shelvey’s cross as he
drilled home from the edge of the area on 30 minutes.

The silky 26-year-old bagged his second soon after, combining with striker
Wilfried Bony — who Norwich boss Chris Hughton had been so keen to sign in
the summer.

Bony’s brilliant backheel took out several Canaries defenders and left De
Guzman to beat John Ruddy with a neat finish that went in off the post.

It was his seventh goal of the season but his FIFTH in just nine games
since Monk took over from the sacked Michael Laudrup.

Hughton’s side took until 40 minutes to muster a shot in another miserable
away display — but Russell Martin volleyed straight at keeper Michel Vorm.

`Minutes later De Guzman slots home to put Swansea 2-0 to the good


The Dutch stopper was beaten just after the restart by Robert Snodgrass, only
for Ashley Williams to block on the line.

And Monk’s men clinched it with 15 minutes left when Bony and Shelvey broke to
feed Routledge, who finished in style.

The defeat left Norwich six points above the drop zone — but they are not safe
yet given their horrendous run-in.

Hughton’s side face a six- pointer against West Brom next week, when he will
hope their Carrow Road form is enough.

But after a trip to Fulham they then face Liverpool, Manchester United,
Chelsea and Arsenal!

Hughton admitted: “Our home form has been good — but we cannot keep on relying
on that.”



SWANSEA: Vorm 6, Rangel 6, Chico 6, Williams 7, Davies 6, Britton 8,
Shelvey 7, De Guzman 7 (Dyer 6), Michu 7 (Hernandez 7), Routledge 7, Bony 7
(Vazquez 5). Subs not used: Amat, Taylor, Canas, Tremmel. Booked: Rangel.

NORWICH: Ruddy 5, Martin 5, Bennett 5, Bassong 5, Olsson 5, Snodgrass
6, Howson 5 (Johnson 6), Tettey 5, Hoolahan 5 (Gutierrez 5), Elmander 5, Van
Wolfswinkel 5 (Hooper 5). Subs not used: Whittaker, Bunn, Becchio, Redmond.
Booked: Johnson, Tettey.