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Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Swansea City: Ayew and Lowe secure Swans win

By Gareth VincentBBC Sport Wales
Andre Ayew scored 18 goals for Swansea last season
Andre Ayew (second right) scored 18 goals for Swansea last season

Wycombe Wanderers' wait for a Championship point goes on after Swansea City continued their bright start to the season with a 2-0 victory at Adams Park.

Andre Ayew slid in to put Swansea in front before another close-range finish from summer signing Jamal Lowe ensured Steve Cooper's team made it two league wins from two on the road in 2020-21.

Swansea, who were beaten in last season's play-off semi-finals, have seven points after three games this term and are yet to concede in the Championship.

But the picture does not look so good for Wycombe, who are still to get off the mark in their first season in the second tier.

Last season's League One play-off winners have lost their first three Championship fixtures without scoring a goal.

Swansea were dominant from the outset, with Wycombe struggling to get out of their own half as Cooper's players took charge of possession.

Lowe had already dragged one shot wide by the time the visitors went ahead, with Marc Guehi's sliding challenge on David Wheeler prompting a swift Swansea attack.

Former Wigan forward Lowe fed Jake Bidwell down the left and his inviting centre was steered into the net by Ayew's outstretched boot.

Having scored his first goal of the season, Ayew almost had a second a minute later, but saw a shot well saved, while the Ghanaian's header on 21 minutes was gathered by Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.

The Chairboys were creaking, and it was no surprise when Swansea doubled their lead after a sweet passing move involving Connor Roberts, Morgan Gibbs-White and Ayew, who squared the ball for Lowe to tap home.

Jamal Lowe scored his first goal since joining Swansea from Wigan for around £800,000 in August
Jamal Lowe scored his first goal since joining Swansea from Wigan for around £800,000 in August

Matt Grimes then shot over from a corner and the impressive Gibbs-White flashed wide before Wycombe rallied before the break, with Fred Onyedinma curling their first effort of any note beyond the far post.

The contest was more even in the second period, with Roberts seeing a Swansea penalty appeal turned down as he tumbled under debutant Dennis Adeniran's challenge before Jason McCarthy's free-kick drew a first save of the day from Freddie Woodman.

Swansea's grip on the game loosened as their quality in possession dipped, and Wycombe almost found a route back into the contest when substitute Daryl Horgan's crisp overhead kick was gathered by Woodman.

It was Swansea who finished the stronger, though, with Gibbs-White forcing another decent save from Allsop and Ayew heading into the side netting late on.

By that stage, Swansea's job was done.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth:

"Second half I think you saw more of what we are about. We sorted the tactics out at half-time. Ayew and Gibbs-White, super players, but we gave them too much time and too much respect. That killed us.

"We can pick the bones out of the goals. You have to eradicate mistakes at this level.

"But second half I am hoping people will see that and say 'you know what, these may upset some teams this year' because it was much, much better.

"It's a big improvement on last week. I have said to the boys just keep going. I am sure we are not far away from our first win."

Swansea head coach Steve Cooper:

"There's no easy game in this league - nothing is ever straightforward - and I thought we played some excellent football first half.

"The only challenge for the players is that I guess we should have scored a few more because of the amount of good play we had.

"Second half we really wanted to go and kill the game, but there are lots of positives from the game - two strikers scoring, two wingbacks involved again, lots of good chances and a clean sheet away from home.

"To get three clean sheets on the bounce is good, especially playing the way we play. We are not a team that sits on the edge of the box, we are a team that wants to be at the other end of the pitch."

Line-ups

Wycombe

  • 1Allsop
  • 2Grimmer
  • 5Stewart
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 26McCarthy
  • 7WheelerSubstituted forKashketat 83'minutes
  • 24Adeniran
  • 22Freeman
  • 23OnyedinmaBooked at 11minsSubstituted forHorganat 69'minutes
  • 10BloomfieldSubstituted forParkerat 76'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 25Samuel

Substitutes

  • 3Jacobson
  • 11Kashket
  • 16Phillips
  • 17Horgan
  • 18Thompson
  • 27Parker
  • 31Stockdale

Swansea

  • 1Woodman
  • 44Cabango
  • 4Rodon
  • 5Guehi
  • 23Roberts
  • 7Smith
  • 8Grimes
  • 24Bidwell
  • 9LoweSubstituted forCullenat 82'minutes
  • 11Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forFultonat 82'minutes
  • 10A Ayew

Substitutes

  • 6Fulton
  • 13Benda
  • 15Routledge
  • 17Peterson
  • 20Cullen
  • 21Dhanda
  • 26Naughton
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham

Match Stats

Home TeamWycombeAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Swansea City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Swansea City 2.

  3. Post update

    André Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Grimmer (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Horgan with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Matt Grimes.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Joe Rodon.

  8. Booking

    Josh Parker (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Josh Parker (Wycombe Wanderers).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. André Ayew (Swansea City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Roberts with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Scott Kashket replaces David Wheeler.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Jay Fulton replaces Morgan Gibbs-White.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Liam Cullen replaces Jamal Lowe.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Swansea City) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Ryan Tafazolli (Wycombe Wanderers).