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Swansea City 2-1 Derby County: Swans fight back to leave Rams in relegation trouble

By Gareth VincentBBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium
Morgan Whittaker celebrates scoring a first league goal since joining Swansea from Derby for around £700,000 in February
Morgan Whittaker celebrates scoring a first league goal since joining Swansea from Derby for around £700,000 in February

Derby County's fight to stay in the Championship will go to the final day of the season after they were beaten 2-1 at Swansea City.

Wayne Rooney's side suffered a sixth straight defeat, despite going in front through a Tom Lawrence header.

Former Derby youngster Morgan Whittaker headed Swansea level before Connor Roberts volleyed in a fine winner.

Derby are three points above the relegation zone in 21st, while Swansea climb to fourth.

The Rams host 22nd-place Sheffield Wednesday next Saturday, while Rotherham United are level on points with the Owls and still have two games to play.

Wycombe Wanderers are also alongside Wednesday on 40 points, but their vastly inferior goal difference means they are all but down.

There was little pressure on Swansea coming into the contest after they sealed a play-off place last weekend, but tension reigned for Derby.

Rooney had brought his squad to Wales on Tuesday in the hope of inspiring an upturn in fortunes, but they almost made a desperate start as Swansea broke from a long throw into their box.

Jamal Lowe led the counter and fed Whittaker, but his touch was heavy and the chance was gone.

There was just one more genuine opportunity in a first period that was short on attacking quality, with Kamil Jozwiak centring for Colin Kazim-Richards only for Ben Cabango to save Swansea with a diving block which made life easy for Freddie Woodman.

The breakthrough Derby craved came early in the second half, when Nathan Byrne whipped in a crossed from the right and Wales international Lawrence got between defenders to head past Woodman from point-blank range.

Swansea had looked short of attacking inspiration, yet found their way back into the game through a short corner.

Wayne Rooney's team have not won since 2 April
Wayne Rooney's team have not won since 2 April

Yan Dhanda eventually crossed to the far post for Cabango, who nodded back across goal for Whittaker, whose flicked header just crossed the line before Kelle Roos could intervene.

Whittaker's first league goal since joining Swansea from Derby in February lifted the home side, who swiftly went in front as Matt Grimes spotted the run of Roberts and he flashed a sweet volley inside the near post.

Lowe then stroked the ball into the net only for his effort to be ruled out for offside, before Kazim-Richards' firm header drew a smart save from Woodman as Swansea held on for a first home win in five attempts.

Swansea head coach Steve Cooper:

"Recently we've dropped too many points here. We've conceded some late goals of late and it was good to see out the win.

"We have got 80 points in a really tough season, with the circumstances that we have to work and play in. The lads deserve so much credit for that and I am really proud of them that they have done that.

"If we can get to 83 points, that's impressive. What we wanted to do before today was get as many points as we can. If we finish third, fourth, fifth or sixth, we take that as it comes.

"We are not sitting here saying we want to play this team or that team, because when you qualify for the play-offs, you are a good team. Whoever we play, they are going to be difficult ties."

Derby manager Wayne Rooney:

"We can't keep giving goals away. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by conceding two goals in three minutes. You can't afford to do that.

"We're in a position now where we know we have to win on Saturday. Rotherham have to win two games and we have to win our game to give ourselves a chance of staying up.

"The players are fighting for each other. There is no lack of fight or character. The players will be ready for next week. We know what we have to do - we know we have to stay in this league.

"The preparation will good this week and it will be on the players to go and get the three points."

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Woodman
  • 23Roberts
  • 44Cabango
  • 2Bennett
  • 24BidwellSubstituted forManningat 65'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 21DhandaSubstituted forFultonat 86'minutes
  • 8Grimes
  • 17WhittakerBooked at 62minsSubstituted forCooperat 65'minutes
  • 20Cullen
  • 9LoweBooked at 67minsSubstituted forCooperat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Manning
  • 6Fulton
  • 14Hourihane
  • 15Routledge
  • 18Hamer
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 26Naughton
  • 31Cooper
  • 36Cooper

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Roos
  • 12ByrneBooked at 26mins
  • 6Edmundson
  • 16Clarke
  • 3Forsyth
  • 7JozwiakSubstituted forRobertsat 69'minutes
  • 38Knight
  • 4Shinnie
  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forSibleyat 80'minutes
  • 10Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 1Marshall
  • 8Bird
  • 17Sibley
  • 22Cashin
  • 23Roberts
  • 26Buchanan
  • 29Ebosele
  • 37MacDonald
  • 40Watson
Referee:
Darren Bond

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home4
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 2, Derby County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Derby County 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver Cooper (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Clarke (Derby County).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Brandon Cooper replaces Jamal Lowe.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. George Edmundson tries a through ball, but Louie Sibley is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Louie Sibley.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Jamal Lowe (Swansea City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Jay Fulton replaces Yan Dhanda.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Byrne with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Liam Cullen (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Clarke (Derby County).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Louie Sibley replaces Martyn Waghorn.

  17. Post update

    Ryan Bennett (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Clarke (Derby County).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Freddie Woodman.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Byrne with a cross.

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