Ben Wilmot’s header gives Swansea derby win over bitter rivals Cardiff

As full league debuts go, Ben Wilmot’s was the stuff of dreams. The defender spent the second half of last season on loan at Udinese in Serie A, playing against Juventus and Milan at San Siro, but there was arguably no better surround for Wilmot to score his first career goal. The Swansea defender, borrowed from Watford for the season, scored the only goal of the game here as Swansea overcame their bitter rivals Cardiff. Wilmot, making his first league start in a Swansea shirt in place of Joe Rodon, the Swansea boy born up the road from this rocking stadium, headed in a Wayne Routledge cross as Swansea earned derby victory over their south Wales rivals.

Steve Cooper, who geed up his fans approaching five minutes of stoppage time, had steered his side to a priceless victory against a Cardiff team who remain without an away win this season. This match, the 108th meeting between the teams, was never going to be short of needle; not so long ago away fans were banned from attending this fixture and, 10 years ago at Ninian Park, the game was halted after coins were thrown on to the pitch.

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