by Matt Slater
Date: February 22nd, 2020
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
TWO late goals meant that Swansea grabbed the win against Huddersfield and secured three points for the first time in six games.
They came from Andre Ayew, and late ones from Jay Fulton and Jordon Garrick. Three goals in the second half saw Huddersfield level the game with ten minutes left, but it was too little too late. Fulton got his second of the campaign and Garrick took the ball around Jonas Lossl to put the game to bed in the last minute before added time.
The result means the Swans leapfrog their south Walian rivals, Cardiff, and stay five points of the playoffs.
Huddersfield Town are only two points above the drop zone now as Wigan claimed a 1-0 win against Millwall.
It was the home side with the first chance of the game, as a leaping Rhian Brewster was unable to hit the target from six yards out. The resulting corner was wasted.
The Terriers had their only promising attack of the half through Harry Toffolo, as he found space down the left and put in a low driven cross. Juninho Bacuna picked up the stray ball and volleyed it over the bar.
Andre Ayew opened the scoring for the Swans as he hit the back of the net from six yards out. A string of blocked attempts and constant Welsh pressure led to the Ghanaian getting onto the end of a low driven cross and firing home.
Cooper’s side were having success from through balls down the middle.
Another clever pass found the run of Brewster, who was one-on-one with Lossl. The Liverpool loanee tried to chip former Evertonian, Lossl, but his attempt was saved.
The away side came close to an equaliser shortly after as a good ball from the right was met by the head of Richard Stearman. The chance was tipped over the bar and the following corner resulted with a Swansea clearance.
After five minutes of Huddersfield pressure, substitute Chris Willock powered a low shot into the far post, which found the back of the net. There was speculation about whether Steve Mounie got a touch or not.
And only two minutes later, Swansea found the lead once again. Fulton leapt the highest, from a corner, and fired the ball into the back of the net.
The game was concluded as substitute, Garrick, was able to dance around Lossl and passed the ball into an empty net.
Star Man: Andre Ayew
Swansea City: Freddie Woodman, Jake Bidwell, Joe Rodon, Ben Cabango, Kyle Naughton, Matt Grimes, Jay Fulton (Ben Wilmot 89’), Andre Ayew, Conor Gallagher, Aldo Kalulu (Jordon Garrick 61’), Rhian Brewster (Connor Roberts 90+2)
Huddersfield Town: Jonas Lossl, Harry Toffolo, Christopher Schindler, Richard Stearman, Danny Simpson, Jonathan Hodd, Andy King (Emile Smith-Rowe 53’), Juninho Bacuna (Steve Mounie 45’), Lewis O’Brien, Elias Kachunga(Chris Willock 71’), Karlan Grant