Swansea City's memorable Premier League matches against West Brom
SANDWICHED in between matches against Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool, it might be tempting to dismiss Swansea City's trip to West Brom as one of the season's less notable fixtures.
After all, these are two sides who are unlikely to have much of a say in either the Premier League title race or the battle to avoid relegation.
But though the pair have ended the last two campaigns in the comforts of mid-table, their matches have proved significant for Swansea fans.
That's because some of Swansea's most memorable recent moments have come against the Baggies.
The sides' first ever Premier League meeting came in September 2011 when Swansea were still adjusting to life at the highest level.
They had enjoyed an opening-day occasion against Manchester City at the Etihad, but ended up beaten 4-0.
And Brendan Rodgers's side went on to secure creditable home draws against both Wigan and Sunderland.
But there was a clamour for more.
Swansea were still to score their first Premier League goal and chased a maiden win in the division.
Then 14 minutes into the Baggies visit, a buzz of anticipation hung in the Liberty air as the hosts were awarded a penalty.
Scott Sinclair stepped up and, just as he twice had at Wembley four months earlier, found the net to send home fans wild.
The relief was palpable and that outpouring drove Swansea forwards.
Further goals followed from Leroy Lita and Nathan Dyer as Swansea hurled the monkey off their backs.
And the return match that season was also special.
Swansea's bright orange shirts clashed against the February Hawthorns snow on a day when the visiting players also shone.
Unlucky to be a goal down, Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised within a minute before Danny Graham pounced to secure a comeback victory.
That triumph also marked Swansea's first double of the campaign.
Last November the pair resumed hostilities as Steve Clarke brought his side to South Wales.
West Brom were in impressive form, on a four-game winning run that had lifted them to the dizzy heights of third in the table.
Clarke had recently been named manager of the month. But it was he who was shocked as Swansea took his side apart.
Wayne Routledge struck twice after Michu had opened the scoring to help Swansea race into a three-goal lead before half-time.
And it could have been more, so incisive was Swansea's passing, so swift their movement.
Romelu Lukaku hit back against the run of play before the break and both sides seemed content with that scoreline.
Swansea recorded more emphatic victories last season, but that was probably their most impressive performance.
It was a day Laudrup's side came of age to showcase the kind of penetrative attacking football the Dane had often talked about.
At the tail end of last term, Swansea's match with West Brom again ended up standing out against others on the fixture list.
Laudrup's men started well and went in front when Luke Moore netted against his former club.
Then the Baggies battled back.
Lukaku struck and Jonathan de Guzman turned in an own goal as Swansea fell behind.
They looked destined for defeat until new man Roland Lamah thumped an injury-time effort past Ben Foster and the away bench erupted.
Those celebrations were soon quelled by an offside flag before replays showed it had been wrongly raised.
That ended Swansea winning sequence against West Brom.
But it was another match not easily forgotten.