Swans hang on for home win
Swansea recorded a first home win of the season after hanging on with nine men to overcome Sheff Utd 2-1.
Last Updated: 26/09/09 5:59pm
Swansea City recorded a first home win of the season after hanging on with nine men to overcome Sheffield United 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.
Lee Trundle's first goal since returning to Swansea put the hosts ahead early in the second half before Stephen Quinn drew the Blades level on 73 minutes.
The Swans had Jordi Lopez sent off four minutes later before Thomas Butler's winner on 82 minutes preceded Nathan Dyer's late dismissal.
Ferrie Bodde made his return to the Swansea midfield after 10 months out but lasted only 10 minutes after breaking down in the middle of the pitch.
Paulo Sousa's side were looking for their first win in five games, a run which had seen them draw three games and score just two goals.
The Blades had a good chance from a free-kick but Chris Morgan's header flew over the bar.
Darius Henderson was able to get between two defenders to head a long ball goalwards but it was easily collected by Swansea goalkeeper Dorus De Vries.
Dyer had Swansea's best chance but his strong drive from the edge of the area was well parried by Blades goalkeeper Mark Bunn.
United had an early chance in the second period when David Cotterill was dragged down by Trundle. Ched Evans lined up the effort and drove the ball over the bar.
From the resulting goal-kick Swansea broke to the other end where Trundle was hauled down by Nick Montgomery in the area. Trundle stepped up to take the penalty and sent Bunn the wrong way to put the hosts ahead after 52 minutes.
The Blades battled on and found themselves on level terms though with 17 minutes to play when Quinn smashed the ball home after a good pass from James Harper.
Harper then came close to putting the visitors ahead but he smashed the ball over after surging forward from the midfield.
Gomez received his marching orders with 13 minutes to play when he chopped down Evans and was shown a second yellow card.
With the hosts looking down and out it was a shock to see them take the lead with eight minutes to play.
Substitute Butler picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and sent an unstoppable shot in off the post.
The hosts were reduced to nine men in the fifth minute of injury time as Dyer was dismissed for a second booking.