Swansea - Swansea gave new head coach Francesco Guidolin the
perfect welcome present as they beat Watford 1-0 to climb out of the Premier League
relegation zone on Monday.
Guidolin was announced as Swansea head coach, to work
alongside interim manager Alan Curtis, just hours before kick-off at the
The 60-year-old Italian will have the final say on team
selection, but he was in a watching brief only as he looked on from the stands
before his first official fixture at Everton on Sunday.
Guidolin's presence had the desired effect as Ashley
Williams's first half goal secured Swansea's first win in their last five games
in all competitions.
Swansea's second success in their last 13 matches lifted
them above Newcastle into 17th place and Guidolin will begin work with the
south Wales club one point clear of the bottom three as he bids to maintain
their top-flight status for a sixth successive season.
With only one victory in seven games under Curtis since he
replaced the sacked Garry Monk, Swansea felt compelled to make a change and the
early signs were promising.
Since leaving his role at Udinese last May, Guidolin had
worked as a technical supervisor for the three teams belonging to the Pozzo
family -- Udinese, Watford and Granada -- so he may have had a few interesting
insights to pass along to Curtis.
Jack Cork fired over from long-range and Andre Ayew prodded
a shot straight at Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes in a lively opening from
After dominating the initial skirmishes, Curtis's team were
rewarded in the 27th minute when Wales international Williams rose highest to
power in Ki Sung-yueng's cross for the first goal by any Swansea defender since
Watford didn't have their first shot on target until a
minute before half-time when Ben Watson's free-kick was only cleared as far as
Jurado, who shot straight at Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Watson was the provider again when Watford came close to
equalising early in the second half, but this time Miguel Britos flicked a
header narrowly over the crossbar from the midfielder's inswinging free-kick.
The visitors were starting to hit their stride and Jurado
was just off-target from the edge of the area after exchanging passes with
Jurado forced Fabianski into a decent save as Watford pushed
for a late equaliser but when Troy Deeney shot wide in stoppage-time, Guidolin
was finally able to start celebrating.For
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