Garry Monk's audition for the Swansea manager's job got off to the perfect start with a handsome 3-0 victory over local rivals Cardiff in a frenetic south Wales derby.
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Monk, installed as head coach following Michael Laudrup's dismissal, watched Wayne Routledge give his side the lead just after the break before Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony secured the bragging rights late on.
Kenwyne Jones missed two excellent first-half chances for Cardiff, while the superb Craig Bellamy rattled the crossbar. Cardiff, who missed the chance to record the first league double in this fixture, have now lost four of the five league games Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken charge of and remain 19th, three points adrift of safety.
But Swansea moved into the top half of the Premier League table after Monk demanded pride and passion from his players at the end of a tumultuous week.
There was no shortage of either in a frantic opening as the hosts pinned the Bluebirds back, with the old guard of Ashley Williams and Leon Britton setting the tone.
After just 44 seconds, David Marshall was forced into action when Marvin Emnes, making a first appearance since his loan move from Middlesbrough, beat Ben Turner and broke forward to free Routledge, whose tame shot was easy for the Cardiff keeper.
Two minutes later, Marshall made a superb challenge on Bony as Routledge's reverse pass picked out the bustling striker, the keeper pushing the ball clear as the Ivorian tried to round him.
As the tempo eased, so Cardiff began to settle and Jones should have given them the lead in the 14th minute. Bellamy dug out an excellent cross from the byline but the Trinidadian headed wide.
A better chance arrived soon afterwards. Peter Whittingham controlled a poor clearance and burst towards Michel Vorm's goal, only to slip at the crucial moment.
Bellamy was at the heart of everything good in Cardiff's play and another surging run picked Swansea apart -- but again Jones could not profit from the veteran's good work, prodding wide.
Vorm saved a dipping Whittingham volley as the visitors began to have more sights of goal.
A frantic first half, enlivened by an uncompromising tussle between Jones and Williams, ended goalless -- but the second had been under way for barely a minute before the opener arrived.
Pablo Hernandez, on for Emnes at the interval, threaded a pass beyond a dozing Fabio for Routledge to race into the box and beat Marshall for his first league goal of the season.
Cardiff's response was instant, with Bellamy clattering the crossbar after coming in from the left and unleashing a powerful drive, while Kim Bo-kyung had a penalty appeal turned away as he went to ground under Ben Davies' challenge.
Dyer's dribble ended with the winger bending an effort narrowly wide as the contest opened up, but Cardiff should have been level with 12 minutes left. Bellamy's free-kick struck Ben Turner and fell to Kim, but the Korean hooked his volley over the bar.
And the miss proved costly as Swansea killed the game off. Routledge and Hernandez led a breakaway, with the former's cross dropping perfectly for Dyer to head low into the corner of the net.
Bony rounded off the win by powering a header into the roof of the net from Hernandez's corner to claim his 17th goal of the season, allowing Monk to savour the delight of the home support at the final whistle.