Duff gets first Swans victory against winless Owls

Published on: 23 September 2023

Jamal Lowe celebrates with his Swansea team-mates after his first goal since re-joining the club on loan

Swansea City eased the pressure on head coach Michael Duff by claiming a comprehensive first Championship win of the season against fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.

Jamal Lowe marked his first home appearance since rejoining Swansea with a goal and an assist, steering his side into a first-half lead from the penalty spot after Pol Valentin fouled Josh Ginnelly.

After Wednesday defender Bambo Diaby hit the crossbar on the hour, the home side pulled clear thanks to measured finishes from Jerry Yates and Charlie Patino.

Duff's maiden Championship win as Swansea boss came at the eighth time of asking, and ended the club's longest winless league start since 1991.

While a long-awaited victory will take some of the focus away from Duff's position, a sixth league defeat of the season leaves opposite number Xisco Munoz looking vulnerable.

Large sections of a sold-out away end at the Swansea.com Stadium called for Munoz's departure during the second half, with their team still waiting for a first league triumph under the former Watford boss.

It has been a difficult campaign thus far for both these sides, with their respective bosses fighting to establish themselves having been appointed in the summer.

Duff may never have joined Swansea had his Barnsley side not lost to Wednesday in May's League One play-off final.

His hopes of exacting a little revenge for that Wembley defeat looked promising from the outset, with Swansea settling well despite their recent struggles.

Even so it was Wednesday who carved the first chance, Lee Gregory latching on to John Buckley's pass only to see his driven shot saved by Carl Rushworth.

Swansea took control of the first half after Ginnelly danced into the penalty area and went to ground after Valentino appeared to pull him back.

Lowe took the coolest of penalties, ambling towards the ball before guiding it high into the corner of the net.

Swansea thought they had doubled their advantage when some sharp footwork from Yates - who had come on for the injured Ginnelly - sent Liam Cullen in behind.

Cullen initially picked out Lowe for a shot which was beaten away by Wednesday goalkeeper Devis Vasquez, then swept in the rebound only to see celebrations halted by the offside flag.

Having booed their team off at the break, Wednesday's fans made their frustration clear once more early in the second period, yet the mood briefly lightened as Munoz's team found some attacking momentum for the first time.

They came within inches of an equaliser when Di'Shon Bernard flicked on a corner and the sliding Diaby thumped his shot against the bar.

Charlie Patino's goal was his first for Swansea

Yet with that Swansea took control and ultimately coasted to their first league maximum since the final day of last season.

Jamie Paterson almost doubled the lead when he charged down a Vasquez clearance and watched as the ball rolled just wide.

Paterson then touched on Lowe's square pass to allow the unmarked Yates to guide in his third goal of the season from 15 yards.

Lowe was involved once more as Swansea swiftly added a third on the counter, steering the ideal pass into the path of Patino.

The on-loan Arsenal teenager finished in style, lifting the ball over Vasquez with just enough power to carry it over the line.

Relief reigned at full-time for Swansea as boos rained down once more from the away end.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-2-3-1


    22Rushworth2Key5Cabango23WoodSubstituted forDarlingat 10'minutes3Pedersen18PatinoBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFultonat 74'minutes8Grimes20CullenBooked at 21mins12Paterson11GinnellySubstituted forYatesat 41'minutes10LoweSubstituted forTymonat 74'minutes



Sheff Wed

Formation 3-4-3


    36Vásquez17Bernard5Diaby23Famewo14ValentínBooked at 27minsSubstituted forFletcherat 70'minutes22HendrickBooked at 39minsSubstituted forByersat 77'minutes10Bannan15DelgadoSubstituted forPatersonat 55'minutes21BuckleySubstituted forWindassat 55'minutes9GregorySubstituted forSmithat 70'minutes45Musaba



Referee:Anthony BackhouseAttendance:16,865Match StatsHome TeamSwanseaAway TeamSheff WedPossessionHome57%Away43%ShotsHome12Away10Shots on TargetHome4Away1CornersHome2Away5FoulsHome12Away16Live Text Post update

Match ends, Swansea City 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

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Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

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Ben Cabango (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

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Attempt missed. Ashley Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Byers with a cross.

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Attempt blocked. George Byers (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Fletcher.

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Jamie Paterson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Michael Smith (Sheffield Wednesday).

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Offside, Swansea City. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Jerry Yates is caught offside.

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Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Swansea City).

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Anthony Musaba (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Jay Fulton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by George Byers (Sheffield Wednesday).

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Attempt missed. Harry Darling (Swansea City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross following a set piece situation.

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Jamie Paterson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by George Byers (Sheffield Wednesday).

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Liam Cullen (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Foul by Bambo Diaby (Sheffield Wednesday).

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Kristian Pedersen (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Michael Smith (Sheffield Wednesday).

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Source: bbc.com

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