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Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Swansea City: Jamal Lowe and Jay Fulton condemn Owls to defeat

By Gareth VincentBBC Sport Wales
Jamal Lowe celebrates after scoring his third goal in two games
Jamal Lowe celebrates after scoring his third goal in two games

Swansea City cut the gap to the automatic promotion places as Sheffield Wednesday suffered another heavy blow in their bid to avoid relegation.

Jamal Lowe capitalised on a defensive error to put Swansea ahead, before Jay Fulton's header sealed a 2-0 victory for Steve Cooper's side.

Swansea are seven points behind second-placed Watford with five games to play, the last of which is at Vicarage Road.

The Owls remain deep in trouble in 23rd, seven points adrift of safety.

This was not the return to the dugout Darren Moore had hoped for having missed Wednesday's past three games after testing positive for coronavirus.

His team thrashed Cardiff City 5-0 in their previous home fixture, but have seen any confidence gained from that triumph wiped away by this loss and last Saturday's heavy defeat at Queens Park Rangers.

Moore's men competed for long spells against Swansea, although they were almost undone early on when Andre Ayew burst forward only to fire into the side netting.

Wednesday had chances, with Jordan Rhodes heading over at a corner and Josh Windass putting too much on an attempted lob either side of a powerful Liam Shaw drive which was brilliantly saved by Freddie Woodman.

But it was the visitors who took control when Tom Lees let Barry Bannan's pass run across him and Ayew seized the opportunity to snatch possession.

Swansea's leading scorer opted to square the ball rather than shoot, giving Lowe time and space to guide a rising shot beyond the recalled Keiren Westwood and into the net.

Cooper's team have lost just once this season having gone in front, while Wednesday are the only Championship club who are yet to take a point from a game in which they have fallen behind.

Tom Lees crouches in disappointment after being dispossessed in the lead-up to Jamal Lowe's goal
Tom Lees crouches in disappointment after being dispossessed in the lead-up to Jamal Lowe's goal

The hosts began the second period positively as they attempted to change that record, with Windass cutting inside dangerously only for the sliding Ryan Bennett to block his shot.

But Swansea gradually regained the initiative, with Westwood making a fine save to deny Ayew before the second goal arrived.

Substitute Connor Roberts played a pivotal role, feeding Lowe on the touchline before striding down the left flank to receive a return pass.

The Wales international then curled a perfect cross to the far post for Fulton to brush off Bannan and head home.

Swansea's second successive away victory means they retain hope of finishing in the Championship's top two, while the picture at the bottom looks bleak for Wednesday given that the two sides immediately above have games in hand.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore:

"It was a game of small margins. We had a great chance to get our noses in front and Woodman pulls off a great save from Shawy. Then they got the goal and they seemed to get a foothold. It was always going to be a tough task then.

"It's a game we'll look back on and think it was small margins, but those small margins are so important.

"To a man I've got no complaints with the players. They show commitment, they show endeavour, they show work-rate, they show a togetherness.

"We move on to Saturday now. We go again. The numbers are still there, three points are still there for us on Saturday and we can't focus any further than that. While the numbers are still there, we'll keep fighting."

Swansea head coach Steve Cooper:

"There's no doubt after that tough run we were having that we needed to stop it and get back to being us and I think we really have done that in the last two games.

"Wednesday caused us a couple of issues in the first half, a couple were self-inflicted, and I thought we could have been more aggressive with our pressing.

"But we sorted that out and I really felt we controlled the game with and without the ball.

"Points do matter more than ever at this stage of the season and to play like that for two games is really, really good.

"We are chasing now. When there's a chance it gives you hope and when you have hope, you keep going."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Westwood
  • 6Hutchinson
  • 15Lees
  • 13BörnerSubstituted forGreenat 76'minutes
  • 2Palmer
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 10Bannan
  • 11Reach
  • 26ShawSubstituted forBrownat 64'minutes
  • 20RhodesSubstituted forPatersonat 64'minutes
  • 18Windass

Substitutes

  • 5Paterson
  • 7K Harris
  • 14Penney
  • 16Green
  • 19Urhoghide
  • 24Brown
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 29Hunt
  • 45Kachunga

Swansea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Woodman
  • 26Naughton
  • 2Bennett
  • 5Guehi
  • 3ManningSubstituted forBidwellat 75'minutes
  • 6Fulton
  • 8Grimes
  • 14HourihaneSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes
  • 10A Ayew
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forRobertsat 73'minutes
  • 9Lowe

Substitutes

  • 7Smith
  • 17Whittaker
  • 18Hamer
  • 21Dhanda
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 23Roberts
  • 24Bidwell
  • 31Cooper
  • 34Freeman
Referee:
Matt Donohue

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Swansea City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Swansea City 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Adam Reach is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Swansea City).

  5. Post update

    Josh Windass (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Jamal Lowe (Swansea City).

  7. Post update

    Matt Grimes (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Isaiah Brown (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Connor Roberts (Swansea City).

  13. Post update

    Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Korey Smith replaces Conor Hourihane.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Andre Green replaces Julian Börner.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Jake Bidwell tries a through ball, but Connor Roberts is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Jake Bidwell replaces Ryan Manning.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Swansea City 2. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Connor Roberts with a cross.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Connor Roberts replaces Wayne Routledge.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich41279565283790
2Watford412410759273282
3Swansea412291050311975
4Brentford402013771403173
5Bournemouth4120111066402671
6Barnsley412181254441071
7Reading411991356451166
8Cardiff4116111457451259
9Millwall411416114140158
10Middlesbrough41169164845357
11QPR411511154850-256
12Stoke411413144546-155
13Luton40158173546-1153
14Bristol City41155214055-1550
15Nottm Forest411213163439-549
16Preston41146214155-1448
17Blackburn411211185247547
18Birmingham411112183150-1945
19Huddersfield411111194362-1944
20Derby411110203046-1643
21Coventry401012183656-2042
22Rotherham38116214152-1139
23Sheff Wed41118223454-2035
24Wycombe4189243064-3433
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