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Swansea 0-1 Preston: Added-time own goal from Matt Grimes sinks Swans

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium
Scott Sinclair celebrates with Preston team-mates after their winning goal at Swansea City
Scott Sinclair celebrates with Preston team-mates after their winning goal at Swansea City

Swansea City's faltering bid for automatic promotion was dealt another blow as they conceded an added-time goal to lose at home to Preston.

Preston controlled a first half of little quality, with Brad Potts twice going close.

The second period was also scrappy, Preston substitute Scott Sinclair heading over against his former club.

Sinclair had another chance in injury time, and this time his shot was turned into his own net by Matt Grimes.

The Swans failed to produce a single shot on target, making it four successive defeats and four games without a goal for Steve Cooper's men.

They are now 10 points adrift of second-placed Watford, and they are not even assured of a play-off spot with Bournemouth lurking in seventh place just four points behind.

Preston are up to 16th, 13 points clear of the relegation zone, after a first win under interim manager Frankie McAvoy.

With Watford drawing at Middlesbrough earlier on Monday, there was an opportunity for Swansea to close the gap between themselves and the top two - but they squandered that chance with an abject display.

Having lost their previous three matches and failed to score a single goal during that time, Swansea had sought to arrest their slump with a tactical change.

For the first time this season, head coach Cooper ditched his favoured 3-5-2 formation for a 4-3-3, with Morgan Whittaker brought into the attack alongside Jamal Lowe and Andre Ayew.

But they were barely in the game as the Swans were pinned back by their tenacious and organised opponents.

Preston ensured the match was played almost exclusively in Swansea's half and they created the best two chances of the first half, with Potts firing one shot narrowly over and having another saved by Freddie Woodman.

Then shortly before half-time, Swansea defender Marc Guehi was perhaps fortunate only to be shown a yellow card for pulling back Ched Evans as the Preston striker seemed to have a clear run on goal.

The second half was no better in terms of overall quality but it was a more even contest.

Swansea, now without a goal for more than 400 minutes, worked the ball towards the edge of the Preston penalty area but a shot on target still proved elusive as Conor Hourihane's mishit long-range effort sailed well over the bar.

Sinclair came on for Preston as they upped their search for a winner in the closing moments and, after missing a close-range header, he atoned by firing an injury-time shot towards goal which Swansea captain Grimes deflected into his own net.

Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper:

"We're really disappointed, we didn't do enough to win the game.

"You could say we're a little bit unfortunate with the ricochets and how it [the winning goal] has gone in but that's three long throws in three games where we've conceded and lost the games. That's an issue.

"We know that we're not looking as much of a threat as we should do. We don't look like scoring a goal. They're the two things, without having too much time to reflect, that are playing on my mind at the moment."

Preston interim manager Frankie McAvoy:

"I am delighted for the players and I thought it was the least we deserved for our efforts.

"We worked on a lot of things before the game and they came off - including long throws, where we thought we could cause them problems through our size and presence.

"There is great togetherness and camaraderie within the group that has always been there. It's one game at a time and we will try and keep this going."

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Woodman
  • 23Roberts
  • 44Cabango
  • 5GuehiBooked at 45mins
  • 3Manning
  • 6Fulton
  • 8Grimes
  • 14HourihaneSubstituted forDhandaat 81'minutes
  • 17WhittakerSubstituted forRoutledgeat 81'minutes
  • 10A Ayew
  • 9LoweBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 2Bennett
  • 7Smith
  • 15Routledge
  • 18Hamer
  • 21Dhanda
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 24Bidwell
  • 26Naughton
  • 31Cooper

Preston

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 22Iversen
  • 2van den Berg
  • 14Storey
  • 6Lindsay
  • 16Hughes
  • 17Whiteman
  • 18Ledson
  • 44PottsSubstituted forMolumbyat 80'minutes
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 26Evans
  • 19Riis JakobsenSubstituted forSinclairat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bayliss
  • 9Moult
  • 12Gallagher
  • 21Molumby
  • 23Huntington
  • 28Hudson
  • 31Sinclair
  • 34Coulton
  • 39Bodin
Referee:
Peter Bankes

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Manning (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  4. Goal!

    Own Goal by Matt Grimes, Swansea City. Swansea City 0, Preston North End 1.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Sinclair (Preston North End) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Benjamin Whiteman (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ben Cabango.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jayson Molumby (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jay Fulton (Swansea City).

  10. Post update

    Jayson Molumby (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Lindsay (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Ledson with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Connor Roberts.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Yan Dhanda replaces Conor Hourihane.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Wayne Routledge replaces Morgan Whittaker.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Jayson Molumby replaces Brad Potts.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Scott Sinclair tries a through ball, but Ched Evans is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jamal Lowe (Swansea City).

  19. Post update

    Sepp van den Berg (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Ryan Manning (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39259557282984
2Watford402310757273079
3Brentford381912766402669
4Swansea392091045311469
5Barnsley40208125244868
6Reading401991256431366
7Bournemouth3918111060382265
8Cardiff4016101455431258
9Millwall401416104137458
10Middlesbrough40169154843557
11Stoke401413134544155
12QPR391411144346-353
13Luton39148173245-1350
14Bristol City40154214055-1549
15Nottm Forest401212163439-548
16Preston40146204150-948
17Blackburn401210185045546
18Huddersfield381110174253-1143
19Derby401110193045-1543
20Coventry391012173552-1742
21Birmingham391011182950-2141
22Rotherham36105213851-1335
23Sheff Wed39118203348-1535
24Wycombe4089232961-3233
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