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Swansea City 3-1 Huddersfield Town

Andre Ayew
Andre Ayew is in his second spell with Swansea City

Swansea City breathed life into their Championship play-off bid with a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.

Andre Ayew, Jay Fulton and Jordon Garrick were on target as Swansea won for the first time in six league games.

Steve Cooper's side led after top scorer Ayew pounced on a rebound to claim his 13th goal of the season.

Steve Mounie's close-range strike 12 minutes from time levelled, but Fulton quickly restored Swansea's lead before Garrick sealed victory late on.

With their winless run now standing at three matches, the Terriers, in 21st, are only two points above the bottom three with a dozen games remaining, while Swansea rise to ninth, five points off the final play-off spot.

In need of a performance after a poor sequence of results, Swansea looked hungry to turn their form around from the outset.

Barely a minute had passed when Aldo Kalulu beat his man and crossed for Rhian Brewster, whose header was pushed over by Jonas Lossl.

Huddersfield offered almost nothing in the first period, though one swift counter ended with Juninho Bacuna volleying over the top.

Swansea deservedly went ahead after 28 minutes when on-loan Basel winger Kalulu's shot was parried by Lossl, with Ayew on hand to steer home from close range.

The one first-half frustration for Swansea was that they were not further ahead, with Kyle Naughton driving into the side-netting before Brewster went through one-on-one only to see his dinked effort saved by Lossl.

The lively Kalulu sliced a half-volley wide early in the second period, but Danny Cowley made three attacking changes and Huddersfield finally began to ask questions.

Karlan Grant cut in from the left and drove a shot straight at Freddie Woodman, then Richard Stearman headed down the Swansea goalkeeper's throat.

With the pressure building, the leveller came when Chris Willock's low shot was turned into the net by fellow substitute Mounie.

But Swansea responded almost immediately, with Fulton nodding home just his second goal of the season from Matt Grimes' corner.

Conor Gallagher then fed substitute Garrick, who coolly rounded Lossl before steering in his second goal in two games.

Swansea head coach Steve Cooper told BBC Sport Wales:

"We were more than good for the result - first half particularly it was as good as we have been for a while.

"They made a couple of decent changes and we dropped off a little bit, probably gave them a bit too much space, but I didn't think we looked like we were going to concede.

"It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves when they scored but we got straight back into the game with a well-worked move and a corner which was attacked really well by Jay, then we scored a fantastic goal at the end.

"The last two games here have been difficult - we let Derby off the hook and didn't play so well against QPR - but we got what we deserved today."

Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley said:

"It's hard to take. It's a disappointing defeat for us. There were periods where we played well but you have got to play well for 90 minutes.

"First 20 minutes we felt our way into the game. We probably didn't play with the purpose we would have liked and didn't have enough conviction. We conceded and we were disappointed with our response leading into half-time.

"Second half we did better. I felt like our goal was coming and we felt we had momentum - you are thinking 'can we win it from here?'

"But they then score from a free header in our six-yard box at a corner. When that happens you don't deserve to win - it doesn't matter what else you have done in the game."

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 27Woodman
  • 26Naughton
  • 44Cabango
  • 4Rodon
  • 24Bidwell
  • 6FultonBooked at 49minsSubstituted forWilmotat 89'minutes
  • 8Grimes
  • 18KaluluSubstituted forGarrickat 63'minutes
  • 33Gallagher
  • 22A Ayew
  • 19BrewsterSubstituted forRobertsat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Celina
  • 20Wilmot
  • 21Dhanda
  • 23Roberts
  • 25Mulder
  • 32Cullen
  • 41Garrick

Huddersfield

  • 49Lössl
  • 17Simpson
  • 12Stearman
  • 26Schindler
  • 3Toffolo
  • 29KingSubstituted forSmith Roweat 54'minutes
  • 6HoggBooked at 45mins
  • 9KachungaSubstituted forWillockat 71'minutes
  • 39O'Brien
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forMounieat 45'minutes
  • 16Grant

Substitutes

  • 8Chalobah
  • 10Willock
  • 13Coleman
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Mounie
  • 27Stankovic
  • 32Smith Rowe
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
15,148

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 3, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Huddersfield Town 1.

Foul by Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town).

Conor Gallagher (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Connor Roberts replaces Rhian Brewster.

Foul by Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town).

Jordan Garrick (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 3, Huddersfield Town 1. Jordan Garrick (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Gallagher with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Ben Wilmot replaces Jay Fulton.

Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Garrick (Swansea City).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Huddersfield Town 1. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Attempt blocked. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Gallagher.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Attempt missed. Chris Willock (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Freddy Woodman.

Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

Attempt saved. Richard Stearman (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe with a cross.

Chris Willock (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Swansea City).

Foul by Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town).

André Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Chris Willock replaces Elias Kachunga.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Richard Stearman (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Gallagher (Swansea City).

Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Garrick (Swansea City).

Attempt blocked. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis O'Brien.

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rhian Brewster (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jordan Garrick replaces Aldo Kalulu because of an injury.

Foul by Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town).

Jay Fulton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Emile Smith Rowe replaces Andy King.

Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Lewis O'Brien.

Attempt blocked. Joe Rodon (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

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