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Dede Ayew’s Goal Secured Away win for Swansea


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Francesco Guidolin enjoyed a dream first Premier League match in charge of Swansea City as they defeated Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park.

The Toffees were left to rue some dreadful defending as the Jacks capitalised on a clumsy first half from the likes of John Stones, Bryan Oviedo and Ramiro Funes Mori.

A Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty and a deflected Andre Ayew strike gave Guidolin’s men all three points, while a Jack Cork own goal was all Everton could manage, despite some superb play from the dangerous Gerard Deulofeu.

The defeat leaves Roberto Martinez looking over his shoulder with his men just eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Everton were almost ahead after three minutes when Bosnian midfielder Mohamed Besic, normally more associated with tough tackling, stormed forward and, with no Swansea player close to him, sent a low drive into the base of the right-hand post.

The Toffees were dealt a huge blow early on, though, as the battling Besic was forced from the field, with Tom Cleverley replacing him after just ten minutes.

It quickly became an untidy affair on Merseyside and that was exemplified when Tim Howard hacked down Ayew in the penalty area with 17 minutes gone. Stones was far too casual on the ball and, instead of clearing his lines, opted to pass the ball to his goalkeeper who was under pressure from the Ghanaian and conceded a penalty.

Gylfi Sigurdsson wasn’t willing to give Howard a chance to redeem himself by saving the spot-kick and fired it high into the top left corner to put Swansea ahead.

The lead only lasted nine minutes as Gareth Barry, with an unmarked charge to the front post, delicately flicked on a corner, which hit Cork and flew beyond Lukasz Fabianski.