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Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Swansea City

Adam Reach celebrates with team mates Barry Bannan and Michael Hector
Adam Reach's two goals against Swansea City were his seventh and eighth of the season

Sheffield Wednesday's blistering first half ensured they moved level on points with Saturday's opponents Swansea City.

In the absence of striker Fernando Forestieri, who was serving a one-match ban, Adam Reach stepped up to score two goals in 20 first-half minutes.

Stephen Fletcher added a third before the break with an overheard kick as the hosts showed a clinical edge.

Swansea pulled a goal back in the second-half through Oli McBurnie, but the damage had already been done.

Reach, who scored spectacular goals against Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion earlier this season, scored two more modest efforts in a frantic first 45 minutes.

Owls boss Steve Bruce, who brought Tom Lees back into the team after his shin injury, was rewarded for his decision when the centre-back crossed for Fletcher's stunning finish.

Wednesday, who were winless against Swansea in their previous seven games, now join the Welsh side on 44 points in mid-table.

Just the one point now separates Aston Villa in 11th with Blackburn Rovers in 14th as the middle of the Championship table got even closer.

Wednesday host Brentford next on Tuesday while Swansea have to wait until next weekend to play Bolton.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The way they did their job in the first half, the game plan worked. Second half, it's fair to say we ran out of juice a little bit. When you play like we did in the first half, it takes a lot out of you.

"There's been a few sick in the last week, we've got 10 injuries, so in that respect the lads have done very, very well.

"The effort was there for everybody to see - some of them hadn't played for a long time. (Achraf) Lazaar, for example and Rolando (Aarons) hadn't played for months, so it was good to see them enjoy their debuts."

Swansea manager Graham Potter:

"From our perspective, we're disappointed with our first half. We weren't at the level we need to be, for sure.

"Having said that, we had a few good chances, but we probably contributed to our own downfall and that's a learning point for us.

"We have to be better at that. Half-time we were looking for a response, for something better and I think we had that.

"We had some good chances second half. We should have made it 3-2 and then you never know. In the end you can't expect to do what we did first half and expect to get anything."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 34Hector
  • 38Lazaar
  • 20Reach
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 10Bannan
  • 39AaronsSubstituted forMatiasat 64'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forIorfaat 58'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forPelupessyat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 19Matias
  • 25Dawson
  • 27Iorfa
  • 36Pudil

Swansea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 23RobertsSubstituted forMcKayat 87'minutes
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 24JohnSubstituted forRoutledgeat 45'minutes
  • 26NaughtonSubstituted forBaker-Richardsonat 78'minutes
  • 28Byers
  • 21Grimes
  • 9McBurnie
  • 10Celina
  • 20James

Substitutes

  • 15Routledge
  • 16Asoro
  • 19McKay
  • 25Mulder
  • 27Fulton
  • 46Baker-Richardson
  • 50Harries
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
22,935

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Swansea City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Swansea City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Marco Matias.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel James (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Barrie McKay (Swansea City).

  8. Post update

    Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Joey Pelupessy replaces Steven Fletcher.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Barrie McKay replaces Connor Roberts.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Tom Lees.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Courtney Baker-Richardson (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Roberts with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mike van der Hoorn.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Courtney Baker-Richardson replaces Kyle Naughton.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich34199668442466
2Sheff Utd34197859342564
3Leeds33197755371864
4West Brom34179867432460
5Middlesbrough331512638241457
6Bristol City3215894233953
7Derby3214994337651
8Birmingham33111485142947
9Nottm Forest33111484638847
10Preston341211115348547
11Aston Villa34101595753445
12Swansea33128134342144
13Hull33128134647-144
14Blackburn341111124552-744
15Sheff Wed331111113948-944
16Brentford3211101155441143
17Stoke34914113542-741
18QPR33116164152-1139
19Wigan3398163347-1435
20Millwall33810153648-1234
21Reading34612163550-1530
22Rotherham34515143454-2030
23Bolton3468202253-3126
24Ipswich34312192657-3121
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