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Fulton gives Swansea win over Preston

Declan Rudd protest to referee James Linington over a penalty award to Swansea
Preston's Ben Pearson protests to referee James Linington over a penalty award to Swansea

Swansea City secured back-to-back Championship wins to maintain their impressive start under new boss Graham Potter in a tight contest with Preston.

The Swans deservedly led after 32 minutes when Jay Fulton headed home from Joel Asoro's teasing centre.

The hosts should already have been ahead, but Oliver McBurnie's tepid penalty was easily repelled by Declan Rudd, who saved low to his left.

Preston improved markedly in the second half, but could not score.

Callum Robinson fired just wide and Lukas Nmecha's effort was saved, leaving the Swans with a welcome boost after another turbulent week for the club.

Swansea led after a first half in which their supremacy with the ball meant they should have been ahead by more than Fulton's goal.

They might have been in front just 11 minutes in, when Alan Browne scythed down Barrie McKay - who continued to impress after his fine debut at Sheffield United last week - to present the Swans with a penalty.

However, Rudd was equal to McBurnie's weak effort as a Swansea squad depleted on transfer deadline day looked to mark Potter's first home game in charge with a win.

McBurnie could have extended their lead after Fulton's goal, but he shot tamely at Rudd from the edge of the area, before Asoro's fine run ended with his shot being deflected wide.

At the other end Kristoffer Nordfeldt gave the Swans a scare when he went off with a muscle injury, and he was replaced in goal by Erwin Mulder, who finally made his debut more than a year after signing with the club.

He was one of two Swansea debutants alongside Wales Under-21s captain Joe Roden, the main beneficiary of Swansea's central defensive purge on transfer deadline day, when Federico Fernandez and Jordi Amat joined Alfie Mawson and Kyle Bartley in leaving.

Graham Potter
Graham Potter's Swansea came from behind to beat Sheffield United in their opening game of the season

Rodon was impressive and it was pleasing for home fans to see a player born and bred in the Swansea village of Llangyfelach, and who was a season ticket holder as a child, make such a positive impact after a week that saw the Swansea Supporters' Trust criticise the club's approach in the transfer market.

The visitors did improve markedly after the break and threatened through Nmecha, who twice headed wide from Andrew Hughes crosses, and Josh Harrop, whose fierce drive was beaten away by Mulder.

Mulder also denied Nmecha after his clever run beat the offside trap, but the Netherlands goalkeeper was again equal to the task as the Swans held on.

Swansea are now 18 games unbeaten against Preston, a run that extends back to 1961, but saw McBurnie miss late on when he could have made the win safe.

Swansea boss Graham Potter said: "If you can't grind out a result you are dead in any league.

"We have a philosophy of how we want to play, but in the second half they made it tough for us.

"We kept a clean sheet and I am really, really pleased."

Potter also says the Swans can still improve despite what was perceived as a disappointing transfer deadline day.

"We have to be careful in assessing deadlines day at the time. You can only assess it at the end of the season," he said.

"We have signed four players with a good profile who can improve.

"We also had to get the players out who did not want to be here, because otherwise it stops others developing.

"But there is still a loan window open and we will keep working."

Preston North End manager Alex Neil said:

"I said at half-time we can either sit in if you don't believe you're good enough to play against them, or we can go up against them and move the ball much better.

"I had about seven players on the ball under-perform for me in the first half.

"But to be fair to them, as they generally do, they rose to the challenge and their quality was miles improved."

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1NordfeldtSubstituted forMulderat 23'minutes
  • 23Roberts
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 22Rodon
  • 3Olsson
  • 27Fulton
  • 10Celina
  • 14Carroll
  • 16AsoroSubstituted forGrimesat 56'minutes
  • 9McBurnie
  • 19McKaySubstituted forFerat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Montero
  • 8Fer
  • 12Dyer
  • 21Grimes
  • 25Mulder
  • 26Naughton
  • 30Dhanda

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2FisherBooked at 32mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 4Pearson
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forBarkerat 72'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 10HarropSubstituted forBurkeat 62'minutes
  • 7Robinson
  • 45NmechaSubstituted forGallagherat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Moult
  • 12Gallagher
  • 18Ledson
  • 19Burke
  • 21Barker
  • 22Maxwell
  • 23Huntington
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
19,352

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 1, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Preston North End 0.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Connor Roberts.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Bersant Celina (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Olsson (Swansea City).

Foul by Brandon Barker (Preston North End).

Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Lukas Nmecha.

Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bersant Celina.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Leroy Fer replaces Barrie McKay.

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darnell Fisher with a cross.

Attempt saved. Graham Burke (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darnell Fisher.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Brandon Barker replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

Attempt saved. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Erwin Mulder.

Attempt saved. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Robinson with a through ball.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oliver McBurnie.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Graham Burke replaces Josh Harrop.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Mike van der Hoorn.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Harrop.

Attempt saved. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Matt Grimes replaces Joel Asoro.

Attempt saved. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Rodon.

Hand ball by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

goal

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