SWANSEA have rewarded Paul Clement with a victory at the Liberty Stadium after he allowed his squad to go to Ibiza.
Evans handed the Baggies the lead on the half hour mark after he nodded home Darren Fletcher’s corner, after Kristoffer Nordfeldt flapped at the delivery.
Federico Fernandez had a golden opportunity for Swansea in the second half but he skewed his header wide at the back post, despite being unmarked.
But the Swans equalised through Jordan Ayew – scoring his first goal for the club – as he scored from close-range after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick.
Fernando Llorente fired in his 15th goal of the season after he volleyed in Luciano Narsingh’s cross.
FACTS, STATS, GOALS AND LOLS
- Swansea will need to spend well in the summer otherwise another season of hope rather than expectation is on the cards.
- Gylfi Sigurdsson claims that he will stay at the Liberty Stadium, but I get the feeling that a decent increase in wages will have to be made.
- Will Swansea City sign John Terry? The talk around the Liberty Stadium is positive. And the fans want him too.
- West Brom have struggled to score goals of late and Tony Pulis will need to change his approach or personnel in time for next season.
- How long can Darren Fletcher keep going? If he keeps performing like this, Albion have a good base on which to build.
- Leon Britton has proven of late that he still has what it takes to cut it at the highest level. Can he do it again next season. Only time will tell.
- There was an atmosphere of genuine relief around the Liberty Stadium after the trials and tribulations of recent weeks. Long may it continue said Paul Clement.
- The travelling West Brom fans supped on their beer before kick off with many speaking of greater ambition at the club.
- Paul Clement confirmed last week that he won’t have millions to spend in the summer. It could be a case of off-loading some dead wood first.
- Tony Pulis had never led a side to finish in the top half of the Premier League. He has now.
DREAM TEAM RATINGS
SWANSEA: Nordfeldt 6, Naughton 7, Fernandez 6, Mawson 7, Olsson 7, Fer 7 (Ki Sung-yueng 81, 6), Britton 6 (Narsingh 66, 7), Carroll 6, Ayew 7 (Kingsley 83, 6), Llorente 7, Sigurdsson 6.
Subs not used: Amat, Cork, Tremmel, McBurnie.
Goals: J Ayew, Llorente
WEST BROM: Foster 6, Nyom 6, Dawson 6, Evans 6, Wilson 6 (Leko 91, 6), Yacob 7, Fletcher 6, Livermore 6 (McClean 79, 5), Morrison 6 (Robson-Kanu 84, 5), Brunt 6, Rondon 6.
Subs not used: Myhill, Chadli, Field, Wilson.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swansea manager Paul Clement told Match of the Day:“It’s very satisfying to break that 40 point barrier. 29 points for the second half of the season is very, very pleasing.
“I had belief in what I was doing. The players responded fantastically and it was a big team effort.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis told Match of the Day: “We’re disappointed, 1-0 up and we had the opportunities and chances to scored the second.
“Their first goal is shocking defending from us. For the first hour, I thought we controlled the game.”