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Saturday, 17th October 2020 Kick-off 15:00
Swansea City v Huddersfield Town : Swans waste chance after chance and lose 2-1
Saturday, 17th Oct 2020 15:58
Huddersfield Town ended Swansea City's unbeaten start to the Championship season as Josh Koroma's first Terriers goal gave them a 2-1 win at Liberty Stadium.
Swansea were the better side in the first half, yet found themselves trailing when Harry Tofolo struck from a well-worked corner. Andre Ayew equalised from the penalty spot after Korey Smith was fouled, but it Huddersfield delivered a winner in a more even second half which featured chances at both ends. Koroma, 21, guided the ball home from the edge of the penalty area to give Huddersfield a first away win of the campaign and seven points from their last three games.
Swansea, for whom this was a first defeat in eight regular-season outings stretching back to 11 July, will feel they should have got something.
But it was the visitors who went ahead through their first chance of the game.
Fit-again Huddersfield captain Christopher Schindler did well to deny Lowe a far-post tap-in. But Swansea were awarded a penalty after Smith beat Hamer to Ayew's cross and was sent tumbling by the Huddersfield keeper.
Ayew missed his last spot-kick, in the play-off semi-final against Brentford in July, but he put away this one in typically cool fashion, ambling up to the ball before sending Hamer the wrong way. Huddersfield carved half a chance just before the break as Koroma headed straight at Woodman, and they had a flurry of opportunities early in the second half. Isaac Mbenza sent a snapshot wide before a second effort beat Woodman, but came back off the far post.
Then Toffolo wasted a golden chance to get his second of the afternoon as he shot wide of the target from point-blank range.
Then it was Swansea's turn to be wasteful, with Ayew heading Matt Grimes' free-kick wide with the goal at his mercy. Next Lowe, having picked off Koroma's loose pass, saw one shot parried before sending the rebound over the bar.
Tale of the tape.
The swans dominated first half proceedings but found themselves 1-0 down through a debatable corner but there was no awareness whatsoever when Toffolo scored on 23 minutes. The pace of the half was set by Swansea and nine corners tells the tale of the team looking to win the game.
Huddersfield were feeding off scraps as their manager danced frantically on the line at every whistle and challenge. Gyorkeres made his debut and looked a yard short but was involved in much of the good things the swans did, as was Korey Smith and Connor Roberts as right wing back. Steve Cooper may well not be that happy on half time as this game could have been put away judging by the chances made, and not take.
Ayew stumbled as he took his penalty on 33 minutes after Terriers keeper Hamer brought down Korey Smith when he looked like scoring.
More urgency is needed second half, more effort through the middle as Huddersfield are trying to play the swans at their own game and the gaps behind their middle five are very noticeable. Much to do for Cooper and Marsh now as the second half gets underway.
Swansea City 1 Huddersfield Town 1
Toffolo (23'minutes) A Ayew (33'minutes pen)
Hamer and Bacuna have been booked for Huddersfield, Bidwell for Swansea City.
Chances at the start of the half for Jake Bidwell and Toffolo, both not taken, tempo is up for the second half no player changes. Huddersfield hit the post through Mbenza and then Toffolo wastes a certain goal with Woodman stranded, the terriers are well up for this now. End to end now with the swans going close with another Bidwell header. It was goal bound but cleared a few yards from the line.
Swans miss two cracking chances to take the lead, Ayew headed wide right in front of an open goal and Jamal Lowe burst through, his first shot saved and Lowe hits the rebound very wide.
Gyorkeres off, Kasey Palmer on.
Frazier Campbell on for Huddersfield.
Swansea City 1, Huddersfield Town 2. Josh Koroma (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Roberts free kick wasted from outside of the area. Swans looking tired.
Wide of the mark, it remains 2-1 to Huddersfield, 15 minutes to go.
Cullen and Garrick warming up.
Penalty claim, foul on Roberts turned down.
Five to go, Cullen making runs but not being found, Ayew speculative shot blocked, but urgency is lacking as Huddersfield time waste.
Huddersfield managing the game well, earning free kicks with four minutes of injury time to go.
Swans corner, keeper flaps and Palmer misses a sitter, Two minutes to go.
Corner cleared, another swans corner. number 17 ?
Garrick and Cullen causing problems, Garrick is lively but it looks like its all over.
Ref looks at his watch.
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