Tag: Jonjo Shelvey

Premiership: Swansea 1-1 Everton

A second-half penalty from Jonjo Shelvey earned Swansea a point as Everton’s three-game winning run in the Premier League came to an end.

Shelvey, who had a spectacular first-half effort disallowed following a foul in the build-up, slotted home after Seamus Coleman had carelessly handled.

On-loan winger Aaron Lennon had fired Everton ahead from a James McCarthy cross four minutes before the break.

Swansea equalled their record Premier League points tally of 47.

Everton, who had lost 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium in the League Cup earlier this season, are still the only side Swansea have never beaten in the league.

Having won their previous three league games, the Toffees’ manager Roberto Martinez kept faith with the team which beat Southampton in their last game.

Everton top-scorer Romelu Lukaku was still missing through injury and Swansea were soon without their leading striker too, as Bafetimbi Gomis was taken off after just 16 minutes clutching his hamstring.

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Premiership: Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Jonjo Shelvey’s stunning 25-yard strike fired Swansea City to a hard-fought Premier League victory at Southampton.

The midfielder had already hit the post before he drilled powerfully beyond Fraser Forster in the 83rd minute.

The hosts struggled to carve out chances throughout and their frustration told when Ryan Bertrand saw red for a late lunge on Modou Barrow.

The defeat sees Saints miss the chance to displace Manchester United in third, while Swansea climb one place to ninth.

Both teams came into the St Mary’s contest with a point to prove after FA Cup exits and it was Ronald Koeman’s side who looked most determined to make amends early on.

They almost made the breakthrough when James Ward-Prowse, fresh from signing a contract extension, saw his shot from a Nathaniel Clyne cross saved by the right boot of Lukasz Fabianski.

England right-back Clyne, who was the subject of reports linking him with a transfer to Manchester United, looked bright throughout the game.

Midfielder Jack Cork, who left St Mary’s to join Swansea on Friday,signed too late to be thrown straight into a meeting with his former employers.

Swansea boss Garry Monk was also without the suspended Gylfi Sigurdsson, leaving the visitors shorn of creativity in the final third, but Bafetimbi Gomis did his best to provide the spark for the Swans with a lovely take and first-time shot that flashed just wide after 13 minutes.

The Saints remained dominant in possession as the match moved into the second period, with Fabianski only lightly employed to keep out a clutch of Ward-Prowse efforts.

As with Gomis’s chance in the first half, Swansea nearly sucker-punched Saints when Shelvey’s low drive from distance came back off the post with Forster beaten.

But Shelvey made no mistake when presented with a shooting chance with seven minutes remaining, lashing a brilliant strike beyond Forster.

Southampton surged forward in search of an equaliser but were thwarted by Swans captain Ashley Williams, who twice cleared off the line from substitute Sadio Mane.

Home hopes were finally extinguished with the 89th-minute dismissal of Bertrand, who went in heavily on Barrow, leaving the young forward to be taken off on a stretcher.

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Premiership: Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey charged with violent conduct

Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey has been charged with violent conduct by the FA

Midfielder Shelvey was not punished by referee Andre Marriner during the game.

The 22-year-old faces a four game ban if found guilty and has until 18:00 GMT on Wednesday to respond to the charge.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, 20, has not been charged for an incident involving Swans’ Federico Fernandez.

BBC Wales Sport understands that Swansea are furious with Marriner’s claim that he did not see the incident, which was caught on video.

After the game, manager Garry Monk said: “The referee was perfectly placed and no-one had a better view than him of the incident.”

Monk added: “He felt it did not warrant any more action and the game went on, and there was no complaints from any of the players afterwards so you have to trust the referee made the right decision, which we thought he did.”

Shelvey, who was sent off against Everton in November, tweeted after the loss  to say the contact was unintentional and that he apologised to German Can, 20.

Monk, who had said before the game that Shelvey needed to “wise up” to improve his discipline, said there should be no retrospective punishment.

“Jonjo said to me his intention was not to catch the player at all . . . It’s not clear. There was a motion towards the player,” he said.

He continued: “Can was tugging on him and Jonjo was trying to push him away. In terms of an intentional elbow, it was not at all.”

Sterling has not been charged for pushing Swans defender Fernandez in the face as the incident was seen by at least one of the match officials at Anfield, so no further action will be taken.

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Premiership: Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Liverpool moved to within five points of the top four with an emphatic victory over Swansea at Anfield.

The home side took the lead through Alberto Moreno’s close-range finish.

Adam Lallana made it 2-0 when Lukasz Fabianski’s attempted clearance struck him and found the net before Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson hit back immediately.

But Lallana struck again with a low finish and Jonjo Shelvey’s headed own goal from a corner sealed the rout.

It could have been worse for Swansea, with Raheem Sterling striking the post with a shot from an angle and substitute Mario Balotelli drawing a good save from Fabianski with a low drive.

It has been a year of two halves for Liverpool, who began 2014 with drive, purpose and a 16-game unbeaten run to take them to within a whisker of an unexpected Premier League title, but in the last few months have been characterised by doubt and inconsistency.

Aptly, this was a game of two very different halves, with a slow-paced and unmemorable first period giving way to a dynamic and entertaining one after the break.

Liverpool were the better side in both – especially the second – to ensure they end the year with back-to-back victories that lift them up to eighth in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Southampton.

Without the injured Daniel Sturridge, the Reds still lack strength up front, which was most apparent in the stale 33 minutes before Moreno darted into the box to finish Jordan Henderson’s low cross to give them the lead.

But, in spreading three of his quickest and most skilful players – Lallana, Sterling and Philippe Coutinho – across the forward line, manager Brendan Rodgers has at least discovered an effective alternative.

And with Henderson and Lucas putting in the hard yards behind them, Rodgers was vindicated in his decision to leave out captain Steven Gerrard, who had started all seven of their previous fixtures this month.

The pick of the bunch was Lallana, who put a poor first-half miss behind him to assert himself decisively on the game.

His first goal owed a lot to fortune, with Fabianski’s kick deflecting off him and looping into the net, but it also illustrated his desire through his willingness to close the keeper down in the first place.

In contrast, his second – a decisive blow after Swansea had gained a foot-hold in the game through Sigurdsson’s close-range finish to make it 2-1 – was chiefly down to his ability as he collected a neat flick from Coutinho, beat two men and finished low.

The Reds were assisted by Swansea, who have practised the high-tempo, high-pressing game Rodgers is trying to rediscover at Anfield to superb effect this year but were uncharacteristically limp and wasteful in possession.

The visitors’ biggest crime was a failure to regularly test home goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who had been dropped “indefinitely” by Rodgers due to his poor form but was brought back following an injury to his replacement Brad Jones.

Bafetimbi Gomis did strike the bar with an 18-yard shot late on but by then they had already gifted the hosts an unassailable lead through former Liverpool midfielder Shelvey’s near-post header into his own net from Henderson’s corner.

Shelvey was also involved in an incident earlier in the game when he caught Liverpool’s Emre Can with a flailing arm.

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