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



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 two sides came into this contest in contrasting fortunes, with Millwall looking for a fourth straight win, while Swansea had lost four in succession – as many as they had lost in their previous 24 league games.

The Swans also failed to score in their previous four defeats, prompting three changes from manager Steve Cooper including a first start of the season for Wayne Routledge, while the hosts made one change with Maikel Kieftenbeld replacing Kenneth Zohore.

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.

The Lions 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 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 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.

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 77′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

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