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MATCH PREVIEW: SWANSEA CITY (A)

18 February 2020

Everything you need to know ahead of Swansea City vs Town

- Look ahead to Town’s trip to Swansea City
- All the details on Steve Cooper’s side
- Tickets still available for the game

Huddersfield Town travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 22 February, 3pm kick off.

Town go into their second consecutive away game following a 1-1 draw away at Pride Park against Derby County. The Terriers put in a good performance against the Rams before Harry Toffolo won Danny Cowley’s side a point.

The Swans also come into this game off the back of a draw. Steve Cooper’s side were involved in a 4-4 draw against Hull City. Swansea haven’t won in their last five games. Their last win came at home against Wigan on Saturday 18 January 2020.

In the reverse fixture in November 2019, Town were held at the John Smith’s Stadium to a 1-1 draw.

THE OPPOSITION

Ahead of this weekend’s fixture, Swansea sit 11th in the Sky Bet Championship, five points off the Play-Off places.

Steve Cooper’s side will be looking to build on their home form, having picked up 25 of their 48 points whilst playing at the Liberty Stadium. They’ve won seven of their home games this campaign.

The Swans have the seventh best away form in the Sky Bet Championship.

Since the turn of the year, the Play-Off hopefuls have won two games, both at home. They come into this game off the back of draws against both QPR and Hull City.

ONES TO WATCH

Marc Guehi

The 19-year-old is one of Swansea’s newest signings joining the side during the recent January transfer window after climbing through Chelsea’s youth rankings. The defender has made five appearances since signing and has impressed.

André Ayew

Swansea’s top goal scorer joined the Club in 2017 from West Ham and has made significant contributions to the Swans this season. The 30-year-old has scored 10 goals in 31 appearances so far during the 2019/20 campaign. His last goal came in Swansea’s last league win around a month ago. He has the ability to play as a striker, out wide and in the number 10 role.

Rhian Brewster

19-year-old Brewster joined Swansea on loan from Liverpool FC and linked back up with his former England U17 Manager Steve Cooper. Since making the move in January, the striker has scored three goals in six games and bagged in their last league game. He’s been ever-present since making the loan switch.

TEAM NEWS – TOWN

Manager Danny Cowley will detail Huddersfield Town’s latest team news at his press conference on Friday 21 February 2020.

Danny was without Karlan Grant (side), Tommy Elphick (knee), Alex Pritchard (knee) and Collin Quaner (hip) for Town’s game against Derby.

TEAM NEWS – SWANSEA

Swansea City will be without George Byers for the remainder of the season after the midfielder suffered a high ankle sprain in the defeat to Derby. Whilst, Mike van der Hoorn looks set to return to training.

Defender Joe Rondon missed the draw against Hull City after just coming back from a long-term injury. He is, however, likely to be back in contention this weekend.

TICKETS

There are still tickets available for the game at the Liberty Stadium. CLICK HERE for full details.

KIT

Town will be wearing fiery coral for Saturday’s game. CLICK HERE here to buy yours!

SUPPORTER INFORMATION

If you're travelling to the Liberty Stadium, CLICK HERE to see an away guide!

iFOLLOW HTAFC

Huddersfield Town fans that live outside the UK can watch the game live with an International Match Pass for £5.

Supporters who are in the UK will be able to listen to in-game commentary from the John Smith’s Stadium if they purchase an Audio Match Pass. The audio commentary is also available to those supporters who have monthly or season iFollow HTAFC passes.

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Match Reports

REPORT: SWANSEA 3-1 TOWN

22 February 2020

Defeat for the Terriers in South Wales

Having worked so hard to pull back level with just 12 minutes of the game remaining, Town will be so disappointed to leave Swansea City empty-handed due to two further goals from the home side.

A lacklustre first half, when a Swansea goal from Andre Ayew was the only real action of note, the Terriers built momentum and drew level in the 78th minute when substitutes Chris Willock and Steve Mounié combined to score a welcome equaliser.

However, midfielder Jay Fulton then headed home a corner barely two minutes later in simple fashion before winger Jordon Garrick netted a late third.

Manager Danny Cowley made just one change to the line-up from last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Derby County, with top scorer Karlan Grant returning to lead the line in place of Fraizer Campbell, who was unwell.

The Terriers switched from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1, with Lewis O’Brien allowed to go and hunt possession at times.

Town tried to control possession in the opening 45 minutes, but it was the Swans who still created the better chances and took the lead. Using the pace of striker Rhian Brewster and winger Aldo Kalulu, they looked to spring early down the channels to good effect.

Brewster forced Jonas Lössl to tip an early header over his crossbar, but it was the Swans goal that was the first effort of note in the 28th minute – and it came about because of a Town error. Jonathan Hogg lost possession deep inside his own half and although Richard Stearman and a crowd of players blocked two initial shots, the ball made its way to winger Kalulu. He managed to hammer a low cross into the six-yard box, where Lössl could only push the ball into the path of Ayew, who tapped home.

Full back Kyle Naughton hit the outside of the side netting with a snapshot after receiving a pass from the lively Kalulu in the 39th minute before Lössl did well to deny Brewster after he had been set clear, getting his angles right to block a shot at source.

The best effort of the half from the men in coral, on the other hand, was a hopeful shot on the turn from Juninho Bacuna that flew over the crossbar.

Kalulu also had the first effort of the second half, hitting a volley wide of target at the back post when a cross was deflected into his path.

Then Town started to get on top. Steve Mounié, Emile Smith Rowe and Chris Willock all made a difference when they came on and Town started to pin the Swans back, although they still had to work hard to create chances.

Grant fired straight at Woodman before Stearman nodded a free kick straight at goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, then with quarter of an hour left the goalkeeper had to tip Grant’s header from Danny Simpson’s cross over the bar.

Swansea’s crowd were getting edgy, and it was no surprise when Town did equalise in the 78th minute. A patient passing move saw the ball worked right to Willock by Hogg, who found a yard past Bidwell to drive the ball towards the far post, with Mounié seemingly getting a slight touch to divert the ball in.

Then came the hammer-blow. Stearman was forced to head Ayew’s effort over the bar upon the restart, leading to a corner. Jonas Lössl tried to come for Matt Grimes’ delivery but got stuck in a crowd of players – allowing midfielder Jay Fulton to leap and head home in simple fashion.

Town tried to muster a second comeback, but Swansea then netted a third on the counter; Conor Gallagher playing an excellent pass to set winger Jordon Garrick clear, who rounded the Town stopper.

Town’s team (4-2-3-1)
Jonas Lössl; Harry Toffolo, Christopher Schindler (c), Richard Stearman, Danny Simpson; Jonathan Hogg, Andy King (Emile Smith Rowe, 54’); Juninho Bacuna (Steve Mounié, 46’), Lewis O’Brien, Elias Kachunga (Chris Willock, 71’); Karlan Grant

Unused substitutes
Joel Coleman; Trevoh Chalobah, Alex Pritchard, Jon Gorenc Stanković

Town booking
Jonathan Hogg (45+2’)

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