Wednesday edge closer to relegation after another home defeat

Wednesday’s slim chance of avoiding relegation looks to be all but over after a 2-0 home defeat to Swansea on Tuesday evening.

We are still seven points from safety but now realistically need to win all of our remaining five matches to have a chance of avoiding the drop to division one.

Just like at QPR on Saturday, we matched the opposition in the opening exchanges after Swans dangerman Andre Ayew had sounded an early warning when he shot just wide.

At the other end, we went close to taking the lead just before the half-hour mark, Barry Bannan and Adam Reach linking well down the left to set up Liam Shaw and his shot from the edge of the box brought a fine diving save out of keeper Freddie Woodman.

However, that proved to be our only shot on target in the entire game and four minutes later we were a goal down after a defensive error.

Tom Lees was caught in possession some 30 yards from goal, allowing the chasing Ayew to power his way past the Wednesday defender before setting up Jamal Lowe with the simple task of firing past Keiren Westwood from inside the box.

Minutes later, we had an excellent chance to equalise when Josh Windass broke clear but his angled lob over the advancing Woodman was off target, with the unmarked Jordan Rhodes hoping for a squared pass in the middle of the box.

We began the second half in promising fashion, Windass seeing his effort blocked for a corner and then Shaw failing to connect at the far post.

Swansea, who began to take control as the half developed, almost made it two when Julian Borner allowed the ball to bounce on the edge of the penalty area, rather than heading clear, Westwood coming to the rescue with a point-blank save from Ayew.

And it proved to be a short-lived reprieve for Wednesday, Swansea wrapping up victory on 73 minutes when Jay Fulton headed home from close range.

Westwood, Palmer, Hutchinson, Lees, Börner (Green 77), Reach, Pelupessy, Bannan, Shaw (Brown 65), Windass, Rhodes (Paterson 65). Unused subs. Wildsmith, Urhoghide, Penney, Hunt, Harris,  Kachunga.



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