Swansea’s 2-1 home win against Sheffield Wednesday was the first time Graham Potter picked up back to back wins as Swans manager since the two opening games of the season, after beating Sheffield United and Preston North End.
The win over Jos Luhkay’s side this afternoon has put Potter’s men in a healthy position in the league table, only four points off a play-off place. The presence of the returning Wayne Routledge proved to be the difference once again as the winger got his name on the scoresheet for the second consecutive game. The 33-year-old proved to fire the match winner, after Bersnat Celina’s strike cancelled out Sheffield Wednesday’s opener via Marco Matias.
Jos Luhkay will be wondering where it went wrong for his side as two Swansea goals in as many minutes put further misery on the Dutch manager as the pressure increases. The Owls defeat leaves the Sheffield club five points away from the dreaded drop zone and if the results down turn around for Luhkay, many will feel the former Stuttgart manager deserves the axe.
As the referee blew his whistle to kick things off, both teams were indeed looking for three points.
The first real chance of the game fell to Nathan Dyer as a smart reserve pass from Oliver McBurnie fell to the feet of Dyer who failed to convert as his shot went a whisker wide of the far post.
The Swans had a brilliant opportunity to open the scoring, as defender Joe Rodon played a wonderfully timed through ball to Wayne Routledge who had managed to get behind Sheffield Wednesday’s defensive line. It was clear Routledge was in two minds as he received the ball because his cross/shot was hit without any kind of venom and trickled into the arms of Wednesday keeper Cameron Dawson.
The first sight on goal for the visitors fell to the club’s top goal scorer Lucas Joao, a cross was knocked down from Atdhe Nuhui and the Portuguese forward eventually fired a shot towards the far post, luckily for the Swans, the net wasn’t to bulge. The score at half time was Swansea City 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday.
Early in the second-half, Leroy Fer fancied his chances to open the scoring when he surged forward with the ball and struck a powerful shot towards goal. It was a case of more power than accuracy as the shot lacked conviction and went wide.
Just past the hour mark, Marco Matias made Swansea pay for their lapse of concentration as Joe Rodon’s heavy touch gave the Portuguese forward a chance to take the ball away from the defender. Matias did exactly that as he stole the ball and fired past Mulder from close range. This was against the run of play, but the travelling Owls fan won’t care as their side were in the lead. Advantage Sheffield Wednesday.
This lead didn’t last long as only eight minutes later, Bersnat Celina smartly levelled things as his strike found the bottom corner, leaving goal keeper Cameron Dawson routed to the spot. A Barrie McKay through ball was reached by young fullback Connor Roberts who exquisitely picked out the Kosovo international Celina from 18 yards. It was all even at the Liberty stadium.
One minute later on the 72nd minute, the Swans took the lead. Connor Roberts intercepted the ball who then found Bersnat Celina in the centre of pitch. The former Manchester City academy star magnificently turned and powered forward with the ball, then lofted a simply sublime ball over to Wayne Routledge. The Englishman used his pace to burst forward and power a low shot through the legs of Cameron Dawson. The turnaround was complete as Graham Potter’s side were now in the ascendency.
Swansea managed to hold out for the three points despite late pressure from Sheffield Wednesday. for the hosts, this was much needed back to back wins as the push for the play offs continue. For Jos Luhkay and Sheffield Wednesday, the pressure piles on as that’s three consecutives losses for the Steel city club.
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