Late Humphreys strike for Swansea sinks Norwich

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Jamal Lowe celebrates the opening goal with his team-matesJamal Lowe's goal was his third in as many games, but the first from open play after successive penalties

Swansea City claimed a third successive Championship win as Bashir Humphreys' fine late goal secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Norwich City.

On-loan Chelsea defender Humphreys thumped home a half-volley after Norwich failed to clear a corner.

The 20-year-old's first senior goal was tough on Norwich, who missed numerous opportunities as they dominated much of the second half.

Swansea had gone ahead early on as Jamal Lowe scored for the third successive game with a cool finish.

But Norwich levelled midway through the first period thanks to Gabriel Sara's header, before Adam Idah wasted the best of the visitors' chances after the break.

Victory represented another step forward for Michael Duff, who had been under pressure after failing to win in his first seven league games as Swansea's head coach.

After ending that sequence with comfortable wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall, this was Duff's most notable triumph yet given Norwich's status as probable promotion contenders.

The Canaries need a significant improvement in form if they are to live up to that billing, however, having slumped to four defeats in their last six second-tier games.

The latest setback means David Wagner's team drop out of the play-off places on goal difference, while Swansea climb to 15th.

Norwich have been among the division's chief entertainers this season, with Wagner's men scoring plenty of goals while also conceding too many for their head coach's liking.

So it could not be regarded as a shock that there were goals at both ends in an open, entertaining first period.

Swansea needed just three minutes to break the deadlock, with Norwich caught out by the home press as Lowe's sliding challenge won possession for Matt Grimes.

Swansea's captain exchanged passes with Jamie Paterson before the ball rolled into Lowe's path and the forward seized his chance, guiding a shot past the advancing Angus Gunn and into the bottom corner.

Charlie Patino's drive was blocked as Swansea chased a second before Norwich levelled with their first genuine opportunity of the night.

Gabriel Sara celebrates his equaliserGabriel Sara (right) has scored in successive matches for Norwich

After Jonathan Rowe's initial cross was cleared, Dimitris Giannoulis' deflected centre fell perfectly for Sara to head his third goal of the season beyond a helpless Carl Rushworth.

Jack Stacey's drive then drew a fabulous save from Rushworth before Swansea threatened again as Jerry Yates' flick ricocheted wide.

If Swansea shaded the first half, the second was dominated for long spells by Norwich.

Rowe headed wide, Ben Gibson and Onel Hernandez were denied by Rushworth and Kenny McLean's shot was blocked before Idah headed Przemyslaw Placheta's cross over a gaping net.

Swansea found some attacking momentum in the closing stages, Yates turning the ball home after Ollie Cooper's volley was saved only to be flagged offside.

Yates was denied again as Shane Duffy blocked his header on the line before Humphreys' moment to savour arrived.

Lowe had two efforts, the first blocked and the second saved, before the ball dropped to Humphreys and he lashed home in style from 15 yards.

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 3-1-4-2

22Rushworth5CabangoSubstituted forTymonat 64'minutes6Darling33Humphreys8Grimes2KeyBooked at 52mins20CullenBooked at 55minsSubstituted forCooperat 72'minutesBooked at 76mins18PatinoSubstituted forFultonat 72'minutes10LoweBooked at 48mins9YatesSubstituted forKukharevychat 90'minutes12Paterson

Substitutes

1Fisher4Fulton14Tymon19Kukharevych26Naughton28Walsh30Ashby31Cooper45Congreve

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

28Gunn3Stacey24Duffy6GibsonBooked at 18mins30Giannoulis29ForshawSubstituted forPlachetaat 58'minutes23McLean42SpringettSubstituted forHernándezat 58'minutes17Gomes Sara27RoweBooked at 61minsSubstituted forFassnachtat 78'minutes31Hwang Ui-joSubstituted forIdahat 58'minutes

Substitutes

8Gibbs11Idah12Long15McCallum16Fassnacht20Placheta21Batth25Hernández35Fisher

Referee:Tom Nield

Attendance:14,512

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 2, Norwich City 1.

Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Norwich City 1.

Offside, Norwich City. Dimitris Giannoulis tries a through ball, but Adam Idah is caught offside.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Swansea City).

Dimitris Giannoulis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Fulton (Swansea City).

Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Swansea City. Mykola Kukharevych replaces Jerry Yates.

Offside, Norwich City. Gabriel Sara tries a through ball, but Jack Stacey is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Cooper (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Bashir Humphreys (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Attempt blocked. Jamal Lowe (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Oliver Cooper (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dimitris Giannoulis (Norwich City).

Goal! Swansea City 2, Norwich City 1. Bashir Humphreys (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt saved. Jamal Lowe (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jamal Lowe (Swansea City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Darling.

Attempt missed. Harry Darling (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Przemyslaw Placheta.

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