Swansea secured a much-needed Premier League victory with a 1-0 win over Watford at the Liberty Stadium on Monday evening.
- Swansea 1 Watford 0
- New Swans boss in the stands
- Williams heads home opener
- Jurado wasteful in second half
- Swansea out of relegation zone
Swansea looked much improved at the start of the game and were rewarded for their attacking play when Ashley Williams headed home the opener just before the half-hour mark.
Watford took the attacking endeavour in the second half in search of an equaliser, but Swansea were able to soak up the pressure and hold on for the win.
Swansea started the game the livelier of the two sides with newly appointed boss Francesco Guidolin watching from the stands.
Despite all their endeavour, however, the Swans struggled to create any real scoring opportunities, with many of their attacking moves breaking down in the final third.
Watford looked content to try and hit Swansea on the counter and were nearly ahead when Odion Ighalo flashed a header wide of the mark from a Troy Deeney cross.
The first real shot on target arrived in the 25th minute, but Andre Ayew’s scuffed effort was straight at Haurelho Gomes.
Swansea did take the lead in the 27th minute, however, when Williams powered a header into the back of the net from a neat Ki Sung-yeung cross from near the corner flag.
The Swans continued to monopolise possession for the remainder of the first half, though neither side were able to create much by way of scoring chances.
Watford started the second half the better of the two sides as Jose Manuel Jurado flashed two efforts wide of the mark.
With the Hornets piling on the pressure, chances came at a premium for Swansea and they would have rued Jack Cork’s miss with a first-time effort after Ayew had flicked the ball on in the box.
Jurado was involved once again in the 84th minute as he fired a fierce volley at goal from 25 yards out, but Swans stopper Lukasz Fabiansk was equal to it.
Substitute Bafetimbi Gomis nearly made it 2-0 in added time at the end of the 90 when he saw his deflected effort rattle back out off the inside of the upright, before Watford cleared their lines.
With 30 seconds remaining, Deeney nearly rescued his side a share of the spoils as he flashed a volley narrowly wide of the upright after gathering a half-clearance on his chest.