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Luton Town 0-1 Swansea City: Andre Ayew's late Swans winner humbles Hatters

Swansea forward Andre Ayew peels away after scoring lat on at Luton
Swansea forward Andre Ayew is now in double figures for goals this season

Swansea City climbed back into the Championship play-off places as Andre Ayew struck a late winner at struggling Luton Town.

Despite chances at both ends, an open first half somehow ended goalless.

Swansea dominated the second, with Ayew, George Byers and Bersant Celina among those to come close to scoring.

But with eight minutes left, Ayew chested in from Jay Fulton's deflected cross to score a fourth goal in his past three outings.

A second successive victory lifts Swansea up to sixth place in the Championship table, while Luton stay 21st, albeit now only one point clear of the relegation zone.

This was a 10th defeat for the Hatters from 13 league fixtures.

Despite that wretched recent record, however, they started positively against their higher-placed opponents on this occasion.

After Swansea's Byers had a shot saved by Simon Sluga, Luton enjoyed an extended spell of possession in the visitors' half.

Harry Cornick looked one of the home side's likeliest sources of a goal, seeing one shot excellently blocked by Tom Carroll and then firing another wide.

This was an open encounter, both teams aiming to keep possession and attack at a quick tempo but struggling to create chances of a high enough quality to truly test either goalkeeper.

In-form Ayew struck the side netting and then headed wide, before Luton's Andrew Shinnie came closest to a first-half goal with a shot which Freddie Woodman tipped over the bar.

It was a small wonder the game remained goalless at the interval, and Swansea made a strong start to the second half.

With Luton pinned back in their own penalty area, Swansea's Borja Baston, Ayew and Byers all found themselves in promising positions but were unable to find a finishing touch.

Steve Cooper's side were relentless in their pursuit of a winning goal and it finally arrived after 82 minutes, Fulton's deflected cross looping high and into the path of Ayew, who had the simple task of chesting into an empty net.

Luton manager Graeme Jones:

"The big moment is Harry Cornick going round the keeper, the ball comes back to George Moncur, the keeper's out of his goal and that was the moment we could have won the game.

"We've done very, very little wrong today and the boys have given absolutely everything and we got beat 1-0.

"I feel sorry for the lads today as we couldn't have given any more. We're just a little bit short at the moment."

Swansea manager Steve Cooper:

"It was an easy finish, but you've got to be there to do that and Andre's got a fantastic knack of being in the right place to score all types of goals and I was just glad he was there to nod it in.

"It was a well-earned victory though, I thought we were more than good for the three points, so I'm really glad that we got them as these games are so tight in the Championship.

"I thought we controlled the game from start to finish, we really handled coming here really well, the formation that they play, and we looked really good."

Line-ups

Luton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 22Bolton
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 26Bree
  • 29ButterfieldSubstituted forMoncurat 61'minutes
  • 11Shinnie
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 8BerrySubstituted forTunnicliffeat 62'minutes
  • 19CollinsBooked at 45mins
  • 14CornickSubstituted forMcManamanat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stech
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 7McManaman
  • 20Moncur
  • 25LuaLua
  • 28Jones
  • 44Sheehan

Swansea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Woodman
  • 23Roberts
  • 20Wilmot
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 24BidwellBooked at 37mins
  • 28ByersBooked at 79mins
  • 8Grimes
  • 14CarrollSubstituted forFultonat 75'minutes
  • 22A Ayew
  • 9BastónSubstituted forRoutledgeat 75'minutes
  • 10CelinaSubstituted forNaughtonat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 6Fulton
  • 7McKay
  • 15Routledge
  • 18Kalulu
  • 26Naughton
  • 36Cooper
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
10,062

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 0, Swansea City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 0, Swansea City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Moncur (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jay Fulton.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Freddy Woodman tries a through ball, but Wayne Routledge is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Ryan Tunnicliffe tries a through ball, but Sonny Bradley is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Kyle Naughton replaces Bersant Celina.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

  12. Post update

    Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jay Fulton (Swansea City).

  14. Post update

    Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    André Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by James Bree (Luton Town).

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 0, Swansea City 1. André Ayew (Swansea City) with an attempt from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

  18. Booking

    George Byers (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    George Byers (Swansea City) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Byers (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

As It Stood

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3Fulham23115735251038
4Preston2311573527838
5Brentford23114834181637
6Swansea2310763027337
7Sheff Wed22106633201336
8Bristol City229853432235
9Nottm Forest229762823534
10Blackburn2210483028234
11Hull239683731633
12Cardiff238963432233
13Millwall238962930-133
14QPR239593744-732
15Birmingham2384112434-1028
16Reading2275102827126
17Derby236892131-1026
18Charlton2367103032-225
19Huddersfield2367102635-925
20Middlesbrough235992132-1124
21Luton2362152847-1920
22Barnsley2347123146-1519
23Stoke2353152537-1218
24Wigan2246122035-1518
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