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Millwall 0-3 Swansea City: Jamal Lowe brace helps Swans halt losing run

By Michael PearlmanBBC Sport Wales
Andre Ayew goal
Andre Ayew's goal was his 17th of the season

Swansea ended a run of four successive defeats with a 3-0 win at Millwall to boost their promotion aspirations.

Andre Ayew curled home an opener in first-half stoppage time as the Swans scored their first goal in five games.

Jamal Lowe struck a second with 15 minutes remaining to cap a fine counter and ease Swansea nerves, before adding his second with a smart finish.

Jake Cooper's header against the post had almost levelled for Millwall at the start of the second half.

The players wore black armbands and there was a minute's silence before the game for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on Friday.

Millwall, looking for a fourth straight win, could have taken the lead as early as the fourth minute when Billy Mitchell's effort was deflected just inches wide of the post, while Jed Wallace forced Freddie Woodman to save.

Lowe cut inside from the left and shot at goal, but Bartosz Bialkowski denied him with a good save as Swansea enjoyed the bulk of possession in the first half.

Chances were at a premium at both ends with just three shots on target in the opening 45 minutes.

However, Ayew's sweet strike in first-half stoppage time from the edge of the area gave Swansea the advantage at the break.

The Lions could have equalised within 90 seconds of the restart, but Cooper's header struck the base of the visitors' post.

Swansea did not look to settle for a 1-0 lead and almost went two in front when Wayne Routledge's effort was saved by Bialkowski, while Ryan Manning saw a penalty appeal turned down.

Swansea nerves were eased when Lowe capped a fine counter-attack to score with 15 minutes remaining.

Wallace shot wide and sub Kenneth Zohore forced Woodman to make a fine save as Millwall looked for a goal, but a much-improved Swansea struck again on 84 minutes when Ayew fed Lowe who turned and hammered the ball into the roof of the net.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett said:

"I'm disappointed, I thought there were moments in the game we needed to make go our way, they went the other way.

"I don't think we played well enough. I didn't think we asked quite enough questions in the final third of Swansea.

"What I would also say is we have to defend better for all three goals, we deservedly lost the game."

Swansea head coach Steve Cooper said:

"First and foremost we needed the win, there was no doubt about that.

"But to do it in our way and our style away from home at a place like this, it just all adds up to a really positive day.

"We were a good version of ourselves today."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 3-5-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 3M Wallace
  • 15PearceSubstituted forZohoreat 62'minutes
  • 5Cooper
  • 23McNamaraSubstituted forRomeoat 62'minutes
  • 16KieftenbeldSubstituted forMahoneyat 62'minutes
  • 24MitchellSubstituted forWilliamsat 78'minutes
  • 28Evans
  • 14Malone
  • 7J Wallace
  • 20BennettSubstituted forBödvarssonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 6Williams
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 11Ferguson
  • 12Romeo
  • 13Zohore
  • 19Woods
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22Bödvarsson

Swansea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Woodman
  • 26Naughton
  • 2Bennett
  • 5Guehi
  • 3Manning
  • 6Fulton
  • 8Grimes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 10A AyewSubstituted forWhittakerat 90+3'minutes
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forRobertsat 77'minutes
  • 9LoweSubstituted forCooperat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Smith
  • 17Whittaker
  • 18Hamer
  • 21Dhanda
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 23Roberts
  • 24Bidwell
  • 31Cooper
  • 44Cabango
Referee:
Robert Jones

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 0, Swansea City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Swansea City 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Morgan Whittaker replaces André Ayew.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Oliver Cooper replaces Jamal Lowe.

  5. Post update

    Jay Fulton (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by George Evans (Millwall).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by George Evans.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 0, Swansea City 3. Jamal Lowe (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by André Ayew.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Evans.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Freddie Woodman.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Malone (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Evans.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jamal Lowe (Swansea City).

  15. Post update

    Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Mason Bennett.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Williams replaces Billy Mitchell.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Connor Roberts replaces Wayne Routledge.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 0, Swansea City 2. Jamal Lowe (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

  20. Post update

    Jamal Lowe (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich41279565283790
2Watford412410759273282
3Brentford402013771403173
4Swansea402191048311772
5Barnsley412181254441071
6Bournemouth4019111064392568
7Reading411991356451166
8Cardiff4116111457451259
9Millwall411416114140158
10Middlesbrough41169164845357
11QPR401511144747056
12Stoke411413144546-155
13Luton40158173546-1153
14Bristol City41155214055-1550
15Nottm Forest411213163439-549
16Preston41146214155-1448
17Blackburn411211185247547
18Birmingham411112183150-1945
19Huddersfield401111184260-1844
20Derby411110203046-1643
21Coventry401012183656-2042
22Rotherham37106213851-1336
23Sheff Wed40118213452-1835
24Wycombe4189243064-3433
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