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Swansea City 1-0 Charlton Athletic: Yan Dhanda scores winner for Swans

By Gareth VincentBBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium
Charlton Athletic's Adam Matthews holds off Swansea's Wayne Routledge
Swansea had beaten Charlton 2-1 in the reverse fixture at The Valley in October

Swansea City climbed back into the Championship play-off places as Yan Dhanda's goal saw off Charlton.

Dhanda finished off a smart team move with a 20-yard effort to put Swansea in front after just 14 minutes.

Steve Cooper's men missed a number of chances to extend their lead as they dominated the first half.

Charlton improved after the break and made Swansea work hard to hold on for a victory which moves them up to sixth in the table.

It was a welcome home triumph for the Swans, who had only won two of their previous 10 games on their own patch.

This fixture marked the start of a new era for Charlton after East Street Investments completed their takeover of the club from Roland Duchatelet, but they have now won only once in 14 matches.

Swansea went top of the table thanks to victory at Charlton in early October, a result which left the Addicks eighth.

Both clubs have struggled to match their early-season successes since then, and both will be hoping 2020 brings an upturn in form.

It is Swansea who have taken a first step forward - thanks to Dhanda's early goal.

Borja, Dhanda, Connor Roberts, George Byers and Andre Ayew were all involved in the build-up before Dhanda's shot flew into the net with the aid of a slight deflection.

It was the 21-year-old's second goal of the season, with both strikes coming against Charlton.

Swansea grew in confidence, with Charlton giving the ball away cheaply and allowing their hosts too much time to play.

Yan Dhanda
Yan Dhanda's third goal for Swansea was enough for them to beat Charlton at the Liberty Stadium

The big disappointment for Cooper come half-time was that his team were not further ahead.

Borja sent a volley into the side netting then drilled wastefully over the top after he was fed by Byers.

Charlton goalkeeper Dillon Phillips made a fine save to deny Ayew after he was picked out by Wayne Routledge, and seconds later Byers' drive crashed back off the post.

Roberts also flashed a shot narrowly over the top in a first half which saw just one notable Charlton effort, Tom Lockyer heading Conor Gallagher's corner straight at Freddie Woodman.

Already without top scorer Macauley Bonne through injury, Charlton withdrew seven-goal Lyle Taylor at the break.

Yet substitute Alfie Doughty almost levelled early in the second half when he broke the offside trap and raced clear only to drag a shot just wide of the post.

Swansea suffered a setback as centre-back Mike van der Hoorn - who was making his comeback from a knee problem - was forced off injured, and their new-look rearguard was almost breached moments later as the unmarked Josh Davison headed wide.

Byers might have ended Charlton's revival midway through the second half but his powerful effort was beaten away by Phillips.

The visitors piled on the pressure in the closing stages, Woodman getting down well to deny Davison in the last few seconds of stoppage time.

Swansea head coach Steve Cooper said:

"In the first half we were excellent, as good as we have been here all season.

"We were glad for the 1-0 lead, but the frustration was that it wasn't two or three because we really looked a threat.

"Second half it wasn't a surprise that after so many games over the festive period, they were chasing the game, there were some long balls into the box and we were naturally a bit deeper.

"We wanted to see out the result and we defended it really well."

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer said:

"I'm proud. I asked the young players to go out and grab their opportunity. I knew the youngsters would give me everything they have got and they didn't disappoint.

"The experienced players guided them through and I can't ask any more. They have given absolutely everything.

"We were the better side in the second half and on another day we score one and go on and win the game, but it wouldn't go in.

"The most important thing was that they didn't give in. I want to win every game, but I can't say anything other than I'm proud of them."

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Woodman
  • 23Roberts
  • 44Cabango
  • 5van der HoornSubstituted forWilmotat 58'minutes
  • 26NaughtonBooked at 2mins
  • 28Byers
  • 8Grimes
  • 21DhandaSubstituted forCelinaat 65'minutes
  • 22A Ayew
  • 9BastónSubstituted forFultonat 86'minutes
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 3John
  • 6Fulton
  • 7McKay
  • 10Celina
  • 18Kalulu
  • 20Wilmot

Charlton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Matthews
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6PearceBooked at 45mins
  • 3PurringtonSubstituted forSarrat 87'minutes
  • 15PratleyBooked at 50mins
  • 33Dempsey
  • 19MorganBooked at 22minsSubstituted forVenningsat 71'minutes
  • 11Gallagher
  • 44Davison
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forDoughtyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Oshilaja
  • 16Ledley
  • 20Solly
  • 23Sarr
  • 30Maynard-Brewer
  • 45Doughty
  • 46Vennings
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
15,352

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Conor Gallagher (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Vennings.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Davison (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Darren Pratley.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ben Cabango (Swansea City).

  6. Post update

    Josh Davison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Offside, Charlton Athletic. Adam Matthews tries a through ball, but Jason Pearce is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Ben Cabango.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Charlton Athletic. Tom Lockyer tries a through ball, but Naby Sarr is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Naby Sarr replaces Ben Purrington.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Jay Fulton replaces Borja Bastón because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Adam Matthews (Charlton Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Darren Pratley.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Roberts.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. André Ayew tries a through ball, but Connor Roberts is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ben Purrington.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. James Vennings replaces Albie Morgan.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds26157443212252
2West Brom261410248282052
3Brentford26134941202143
4Nottm Forest2512763425943
5Fulham26126840301042
6Swansea2611873230241
7Millwall26101063432240
8Sheff Wed26116937261139
9Hull2611694034639
10Preston2611693632439
11Bristol City2610883940-138
12Cardiff2691073840-237
13Blackburn26106103434036
14Reading25105103328535
15QPR26105114448-435
16Middlesbrough268992632-633
17Derby268992634-833
18Birmingham2685133143-1229
19Charlton2677123437-328
20Huddersfield2677123042-1228
21Stoke2673163342-924
22Wigan2658132439-1523
23Barnsley2649133349-1621
24Luton2663173256-2421
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