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The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair by Kieran Trippier results in a free kick. Neil Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Tate by Diego Arismendi. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
Caution for David Cotterill. Short corner taken by David Cotterill. Short corner worked by David Cotterill.
Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Foster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Hassell by David Cotterill. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
Short corner taken by Joe Allen from the right by-line.
Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrea Orlandi by Jason Shackell. Direct free kick taken by Joe Allen.
Shot from just outside the area by Adam Hammill goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jacob Butterfield, Diego Arismendi takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jacob Butterfield, Dorus De Vries makes a save.
Joe Allen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Goran Lovre. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Kieran Trippier from right channel, Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Adam Hammill, Darren Pratley makes a clearance.
Paul Hayes takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
Scott Sinclair comes on in place of Stephen Dobbie.
Foul by Bobby Hassell on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Darren Pratley restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Hayes concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Williams. Ashley Williams takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jacob Butterfield, Goran Lovre takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nathan Dyer. Free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.
Jim O'Brien leaves the field to be replaced by Jacob Butterfield. Andrea Orlandi takes the inswinging corner, Kieran Trippier makes a clearance.
Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.
(Swansea) makes a substitution, with Darren Pratley coming on for Mark Gower.
Paul Hayes replaces Andy Gray.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Hammill, clearance made by Ashley Williams.
Shot from just outside the area by David Cotterill goes over the bar.
(Barnsley) makes a substitution, with Diego Arismendi coming on for Nathan Doyle.
Foul by Stephen Dobbie on Jason Shackell, free kick awarded. Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Allen is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Easter. Hugo Colace concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Easter. Direct free kick taken by Andrea Orlandi.
Nathan Dyer fouled by Nathan Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Nathan Dyer takes the direct free kick.
Mark Gower is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
Jason Shackell fouled by Jermaine Easter, the ref awards a free kick. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Andrea Orlandi results in a free kick. Hugo Colace takes the free kick.
Andrea Orlandi has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Luke Steele makes a save.
Stephen Dobbie produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Goran Lovre challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Tate restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Williams by Andy Gray results in a free kick. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.
Goran Lovre produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save made by Luke Steele.
Hugo Colace is given a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Andrea Orlandi by Hugo Colace results in a free kick. Alan Tate takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Neil Taylor. Kieran Trippier delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Andrea Orlandi manages to make a clearance.
Jim O'Brien takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
The second half kicks off.
The ref blows to end the first period.
Booking for Mark Gower for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Mark Gower. Adam Hammill shoots direct from the free kick.
Shot on goal by Andrea Orlandi from just inside the area goes over the target.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Foster by Jermaine Easter results in a free kick. Kieran Trippier takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Jason Shackell on Neil Taylor, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Gower from own half, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.
Jermaine Easter takes a shot.
Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.
Effort from inside the area by Stephen Dobbie misses to the right of the target.
The official flags Jermaine Easter offside. Jason Shackell takes the indirect free kick.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jermaine Easter misses to the left of the goal.
Shot from outside the box by Adam Hammill goes wide right of the target.
Nathan Dyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Doyle. Stephen Foster takes the direct free kick.
Jermaine Easter grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Swansea 1-0 Barnsley.The assist for the goal came from Nathan Dyer.
Adam Hammill takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Hammill, Stephen Foster produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by Mark Gower from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jason Shackell.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Gower.
Mark Gower takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Nathan Doyle.
Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line, Luke Steele makes a save.
Alan Tate takes a shot. Blocked by Goran Lovre.
Corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jason Shackell.
Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower, Adam Hammill makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Adam Hammill from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Mark Gower.
Nathan Doyle takes a short corner.
Ashley Williams fouled by Andy Gray, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
Foul by Neil Taylor on Kieran Trippier, free kick awarded. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrea Orlandi from the right by-line, clearance made by Goran Lovre.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Stephen Dobbie goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Goran Lovre is caught offside. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
Tate available for Tykes test
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers will be able to call on defender Alan Tate for the home clash with Barnsley.
Tate was sent off during the 4-0 defeat at QPR on Boxing Day following a melee which also saw Rangers` Clint Hill dismissed.
Both defenders saw red for violent conduct, thus incurring a three-match ban, but the Swans have chosen to appeal the decision which means vice-captain Tate can face Barnsley.
If the appeal fails, Tate`s three-match ban could be increased while Rodgers may look to make changes following Sunday`s hammering at Loftus Road.
Rodgers said: "It wasn`t a good day for us, but with games coming thick and fast we can`t dwell on it. We`ve got to get this performance out of our system straight away and go again."
Tom Butler (thigh) and Ferrie Bodde (knee) remain long-term absentees.
Barnsley manager Mark Robins could be tempted to make changes.
Robins was unhappy with the manner of his side`s Boxing Day defeat at home to Burnley and could opt to freshen his side up at the Liberty Stadium.
On-loan striker Paul Hayes will be hoping to benefit from any changes Robins may make after he came on as a second-half substitute at Oakwell on Sunday.
Robins is still unable to pick striker Garry O`Connor after he turned his loan move from Birmingham into a permanent one and he will remain sidelined until the January 3 clash with Coventry.
Mark Robins has no new injury or suspension problems of note, but there will be no place in the squad either for injured defenders Jay McEveley and Luke Potter (both knee).
Easter gives Swans Christmas cheer
Jermaine Easter's first goal for Swansea was enough to beat Barnsley and ensure Brendan Rodgers` side ended a three-match winless run to move level on points with second-placed Cardiff.
Easter, who completed an emergency deadline-day loan move from MK Dons, will have done his chances of earning a coveted January switch to the Liberty Stadium no harm.
The Wales international`s 27th-minute close-range finish from Nathan Dyer`s cross proved the difference between the two sides and provided a much-needed victory for the Swans, who lost 4-0 at leaders QPR on Boxing Day.
They now head into 2011 in third place in the npower Championship, level on points with Cardiff and Leeds and with Norwich just one behind in what is rapidly becoming a thrilling promotion tussle.
It has been a disappointing Christmas period for Barnsley who have now lost both of their festive fixtures after a five-match unbeaten run and are down in 16th.
Stephen Dobbie tried his luck with just four minutes on the clock, drilling right of target from 18 yards.
And that set the pattern for an opening spell in which the hosts dominated proceedings - Dyer forcing a parried save from Tykes stopper Luke Steele during a period of play in which they enjoyed six corners in five minutes.
Adam Hammill forced a save from Dorus de Vries at the other end but that proved mere brief respite before the Swans broke the deadlock.
Dyer found enough space on the right side of the penalty area and picked out Easter from six yards who pounced to convert his first goal since August in what was only his first start for the Welsh club.
Both sides then exchanged chances - Hammill blasting off target for the visitors before Easter and Dobbie did the same.
Matchwinner Easter then came close to a second when he saw his header from 12 yards rebound off the bar.
The second half started with a chance for Barnsley after just 58 seconds, Jim O'Brien testing the reflexes of De Vries.
Dobbie continued to pose a threat for Swansea and it was he who almost grabbed the second goal the home side craved when Steele tipped his close-range shot around a post after 71 minutes.
It was De Vries` turn to next prove his worth, keeping out Goran Lovre`s header and then Paul Hayes` drive as Mark Robins` charges pushed for an equaliser.
But despite their late pressure it was not to be, and it was Dyer who could have added a third for Rodgers` side but for another impressive stop from Steele.
That was before De Vries parried substitute Jacob Butterfield`s 20-yard effort to safety in the fifth minute of injury time to ensure Swansea took the honours.
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