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Swansea City 1 v 2 Ipswich Town
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Saturday, 17th February 2024 Kick-off 15:00
Swansea City 1-2 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Saturday, 17th Feb 2024 17:02

Goals from Nathan Broadhead and Conor Chaplin saw Town to a 2-1 victory over Swansea at the Stadium. Broadhead gave the Blues the lead on 13 having been played in by Omari Hutchinson, Jerry Yates levelled for the Swans in the 31st minute, then Conor Chaplin made it 2-1 on 35 with the Blues withstanding Swans pressure after the break to record their first ever double of the South Wales side.

Town boss Kieran McKenna made one change with Chaplin replacing Wes Burns. Chaplin, who was left out of the XI for the first time in the Championship this season ahead of Wednesday’s 4-0 win at Millwall, came back into the centre of the three behind central striker Kieffer Moore with Hutchinson moving back out to the right.

Broadhead was making his 50th Championship appearance, while Harry Clarke made his 50th appearance for the Blues.

George Edmundson returned to the bench with Axel Tuanzebe dropping out of the 20-man squad. Striker Ali Al-Hamadi was also among the subs against the club where he started his career.

Swansea made four changes from the team which lost 4-0 at home to Leeds on Tuesday with Kyle Naughton, Joe Allen, Ollie Cooper and Yates coming in for Bashir Humphreys, Jay Fulton, Przemyslaw Placheta and Liam Cullen.

The game got under way in persistent drizzle with water spraying off the ball as it was passed across the sodden surface.

The home side saw most of the ball in the early stages but without threatening as both teams sought to settle into the conditions.

As the game passed the 10-minute mark, the Blues started to gain control and on 11 Massimo Luongo first struck a shot from just outside the box which looked on target until it struck Chaplin, then moments later Leif Davis hit an effort from the left of the area which home keeper Carl Rushworth palmed over.

Following the resultant corner, the ball was returned from the left and Moore, booed by the Swansea fans for his previous Cardiff connections, rose high to nod wide, the wet ball perhaps sliding off the striker’s head.

But the travelling Town fans behind the goal at the other end, didn’t have to wait much longer for a goal.

In the 14th minute, Hutchinson battled with Josh Tymon for a loose ball a third of the way inside the Swans half and stabbed the ball forward for Broadhead, sending the Wales international through on goal. Rushworth held his ground and the Town top scorer dinked his 11th goal of the season to the keeper’s right and into the net, his first senior domestic goal in his home country.

Swansea might well have levelled in the 18th minute when Jerry Yates scuffed a first time shot having been found unmarked 14 yards out from a Jamie Paterson cross following a free-kick on the right.

Moore will feel he should have scored his fourth Town goal in four games in the 23rd minute when he was found at the far post from a corner from the right, but the Wales international again headed the wrong side of the post.

Town continued to look the most likely scorers of the game’s second goal, although while not having it all their own way, and on 29 Chaplin found Moore on the left of the box from where the big frontman hit a shot which was too close to Rushworth.

A minute later, Davis was shown the game’s first yellow card for a foul on Brazilian winger Ronald wide on the right.

And from the set piece, the Swans equalised. The ball was swung into the box, Ben Cabango nodded back across goal and Yates helped it on into the net off the inside of the post.

Having levelled, Swansea seemed to up the tempo and the Blues found themselves under a spell of pressure, Paterson sending over a dangerous ball in the 32nd minute which Town did well to clear.

However, in the 35th minute, the Blues went back in front. Davis was sent away down the left by an excellent Burgess pass, the full-back’s excellent first touch taking him beyond his man, before he cut back to Chaplin on the edge of the area, from where the Town forward confidently smashed his 10th goal of the season past Rushworth to the keeper’s left.

The Town fans at the other end gleefully celebrated a very familiar goal, Davis’s assist was the left-back’s 12th of the season, while it was Chaplin’s 50th goal for the Blues and the 100th of his career.

Town went looking for a third, Davis crossing from the left in the 40th minute and a defender’s toe just taking it away from Moore.

Swansea huffed and puffed as they looked for a second equaliser in the spell before the break but without causing Vaclav Hladky a serious issue.

Town were worth their lead at the break having found their feet after a start in which both teams tried to get used to the conditions.

Hutchinson did well to win the ball and thread Broadhead in for the forward’s well executed goal, while the Blues will be disappointed to have conceded from a set play.

Davis once again did superbly down the left to create Town’s second with Chaplin showing the sort of finishing which has been the hallmark of his time at Town.

The Blues struck the first effort of the second half, with the rain still falling heavily, Chaplin scraping wide from the edge of the box having been teed-up by Moore.

On 49, Luongo curled an effort into Rushworth’s arms from not far outside the area after a Davis cross from the left had been nodded out to him.

Three minutes later, Ronald clipped over a cross from the right and Swans skipper Matt Grimes flicked a header towards the far post which a sliding Yates just failed to reach and the ball slid wide of the post off the increasingly wet surface.

The Blues were forced to soak up a spell of Swansea possession in the following minutes but without another moment of serious concern. Broadhead eventually escaped down the left before being fouled by Naughton, who was booked.

Swansea continued to take the game to Town but just after the hour mark, the Blues went very close to a third.

Luongo picked up a loose pass just inside the Swansea half and fed Broadhead ahead of him. The earlier scorer in turn played ahead to Moore on the left of the box from where the striker hit a shot but Rushworth reacted quickly to onto the bar and the ball bounced away from goal.

The Swans made a triple change on 63, Yates, Allen and Cooper making way for Cullen, Charlie Patino and Mykola Kuharevich.

Four minutes later, Town also made a treble switch, Burns, Jeremy Sarmiento and Marcus Harness replacing Hutchinson, Broadhead and Chaplin. On 69, the Swans swapped Ronald for Przemyslaw Placheta.

The Blues were continuing to struggle to get out of their half but while defending resolutely - with Burgess as so often prominent - and not allowing the home side a sight at goal.

On 72, clever work from Sarmiento sent Moore away on the left and the striker’s low ball for Burns was just cut out with the striker perhaps having taken too long to make the pass.

There was a scare for the Blues a minute later when Cullen - red-carded in the corresponding fixture at Portman Road - hit a potentially testing shot from the edge of the box but which struck one of the bodies in front of him and was easy for Hladky.

Kuharevich headed well over from a Cullen cross from the right in the 74th minute, before the Blues created an opportunity, Moore lying the ball off to Sarmiento on the edge of the box and the Ecuador international hitting a low effort which was too close to Rushworth.

Swansea had their best chance of the half in the 76th minute, Tymon crossing and Cullen heading straight at Hladky when Town fans will have had their hearts in their mouths.

The Blues introduced Al-Hamadi against the club where he began his career in the 79th minute for Moore, who was booed all the way to the touchline by the home fans, who will presumably be cheering for him next time he wears a Wales shirt.

Al-Hamadi quickly got involved making a couple of strong runs into the area which ended with Morsy and then Harness having shots blocked.

On 82, the Iraq international showed his pace as he chased a Morsy ball down the right. Sarmiento played wide to Davis on the left and the full-back was caught in two minds and eventually shot across face and well wide.

The Blues switched Luongo for Lewis Travis on 84 then Swansea replaced veteran Naughton with Harry Darling a minute later.

The Swans had lost something of their momentum following the stoppages for substitutions and with the Blues’ replacements having made an impact, but on 88 Hladky was forced into his first big save of the half.

Darling found on the right of the box and hit a shot which caught Clarke and looped awkwardly for the Czech keeper, who reacted brilliantly to claw it away from goal. In the aftermath, the ball was crossed back in from the right and was headed wide.

In the final scheduled minute, Swans sub Patino smashed a 25-yard free-kick into the Town wall.

As the game moved into three minutes of injury time, Town were largely looking to see the game out but on 92 Burns chased a ball on the right of the area and hit a shot from a tight angle which Rushworth bundled onto the post, the Blues wideman allowing it to run out for a corner.

The Blues prevented the Swans from causing any further threat in the remaining minutes and it was the Town fans cheering when referee John Busby blew his final whistle.

Having established their lead in the first half, the Blues were forced to show all their defensive mettle in the second to see out the three points, coming through the test with flying colours, Hladky making only one serious save from Darling’s late strike. Swansea, down a place to 18th, have now lost four in a row at home and have won one in their last seven overall.

It was an atypical Town victory in filthy conditions with the Blues putting in the sort of rearguard action which became commonplace in the Mick McCarthy era with Burgess once again dominant at the heart of the defence, heading away ball after ball.

The win sees Town remain a point behind Southampton in second and three off Leeds in second with Town and the Saints in action in midweek in their game in hand over the Whites, who are now only nine points off leaders Leicester following the Foxes’ 2-1 home defeat to Middlesbrough.

Bottom club Rotherham United, who lost 1-0 at home to Watford this afternoon, are the Blues’ opponents on Tuesday.

Swansea City: Rushworth, Naughton (Darling 85), Cabango, Wood, Tymon, Allen (Patino 63), Grimes (c), Ronald, Cooper (Kuharevich 63), Paterson, Yates (Cullen 63). Unused: Fisher, Fulton, Placheta, Sagoe, Lissah.

Town: Hladky, Clarke, Woolfenden, Burgess, Davis, Morsy (c), Luongo (Travis 84), Hutchinson (Burns 67), Chaplin (Harness 67), Broadhead (Sarmiento 67), Moore (Al-Hamadi 79). Unused: Walton, Edmundson, Humphreys, Jackson. Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Att: 16,646.

Photo: Matchday Images

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ArnieM added 17:05 - Feb 17
Well played Town. Very gritty performance ( which was needed). We looked leg weary second half , the Wednesday game , travel and reduced days rest looking to be taking its toll. We do look to be mixing it up a bit more which was good to see but on occasions left us open at the back when we lost possession with this repeated dinked ball over the top ( when it didn’t come off).

3 more points … keep it going Blues

ImAbeliever added 17:05 - Feb 17

Lukeybluey added 17:08 - Feb 17
Well done the boys! Scrappy game and had to really dig in towards mid to end 2nd half, very tired legs out there. Played some great football first half. Mom for me was Clarke, was controlled, measured and got stuck in.

FrankMarshall added 17:08 - Feb 17
Great 3 points. Keep going Town!

oldelsworthyfan added 17:09 - Feb 17
Well done everyone a tough enough game.
Burgess has strengthened the defence and there was much encouragement in the way the new signings are settling in.
Now for a good long run!

SpiritOfJohn added 17:16 - Feb 17
Another brilliant away win. Well done Chaplin for netting his 50th Town goal. Leicester, Leeds and Southampton watch out as we are tearing up the Sky script this season.

therein61 added 17:19 - Feb 17
What a lovely week the back on song boys have given us lets keep it going C.O.Y.B

Broadbent23 added 17:26 - Feb 17
Another 3 points achieved, but apparently giving away too much possession to our opponents. Unfortunately Leeds and Soton are going full steam without faulting. We should achieve the play offs, but the top two might be a step to far unless we get lucky. I still believe in miracles. Leicester needs to beat or draw with Leeds next week and Hull to draw with Soton. Fingers crossed.

SoCalTownFan added 17:26 - Feb 17
Chaplin- quality, a man who knows where the goal is

Help added 17:29 - Feb 17
3 points count now more than anything above performances. Just got to keep winning and hope at some point Leeds and /or Southampton drop points somewhere. Looks like we got 4th sown up. But cannot afford to drop points as need to stay in touch with premier millionaires.

SickParrot added 17:31 - Feb 17
Not at our very best today but still good enough to earn our second away win in three days, and that's difficult to achieve in the Championship. Now got to keep the winning run going against Rotherham.

Billericay12 added 17:36 - Feb 17
6 points from 2 away games. 2 home games to come. Leeds play Southampton soon so opportunities ahead to get back in top 2. Great team spirit despite some tired legs today, Omari looked great in first half but tired in the 2nd. Good substitutions as always from KMK.

TimmyH added 17:41 - Feb 17
Happy with this! thought we might struggle to get the win today, but sounded like we did just enough as per Millwall but not an over impressive performance and sounded like a few might have been a bit fatigued towards the end.

All we can do is try to keep winning and hope Leeds/Southampton trip up...starting with Rotherham.

itfcskayman added 17:45 - Feb 17
I know Edmundson did well when he came into the side but I think we look so much better with Burgess playing. Man of the match today. Al-Hamadi is on his way to becoming a fans favourite already, would like to see what he can do from the start.

Davidwb20 added 17:53 - Feb 17
A good win today considering Swansea were reeling from the hammering in mid week. We ground it out and got what we deserved. Tiring in the second half understandably on a heavy pitch and a Wednesday mid week game. All round team effort and creates a bit of momentum at an important time of the season. Happy 50th Conor! Plus a mention for the exciting Al Hamadi.

blues1 added 18:00 - Feb 17
TimmyH " Sounded like we did just enough as per Millwall"? Think wexdid ambition more than "just enough", against Millwall

Suffolkboy added 18:20 - Feb 17
How very well done everybody ! A long long trip away , awful weather and difficult pitch conditions,but taken uncomplainingly in your stride . Obviously one or two outstanding performances,but just how great it is to read of the assurance and effectiveness from Clarke and Edmundson !
These sort of victories demonstrate what development and progress KM has brought to both the team ,squad and Club but also to our individual players !
Great stuff !

Gforce added 18:33 - Feb 17
Another excellent away day,weathered some Swansea pressure second half,but definitely deserved the 3 points in the end.
Both Leeds and Southampton have got some tricky fixtures coming up,so we're still in with a chance of achieving second place,if we can remain consistent.
Looking at the next game or two,with any luck we could be back in 2nd place by next Saturday night !!
COYB All to play for !!

Bazza8564 added 18:35 - Feb 17
This has been a critical week and with two games to come at home we have the opportunity to get really back in the mix for the top two.
Let's be honest, Leeds Southampton and Leicester have a big advantage in terms of money, but sometimes the best footballing or wealthy teams don't get the most points. Plymouth won L1 last year despite our quality and this year it could just work in reverse and in our favour. We have a spirit that is difficult to quantify and thats so important.
MASSIVE effort from the boys at the back, I feel so much more comfortable with Cam B back. His defensive ability has always been evident and although his short passing isn't always confident, his mid range balls have come on massively this season. Well done all and as ever the Blue Army were magic

Nomore4 added 18:59 - Feb 17
2nd game of a long unbeaten run incoming……..

ThaiBlue added 19:07 - Feb 17
6pts from 2 away games well happy with this
No easy games in this league and more twist and turns to come.really think we can do this.must say what a great save by hladky from the deflection.well done Town

TimmyH added 19:33 - Feb 17
blues1 - I'm talking about the performance not the score line which was a tad flattering, happy with this result more some reason maybe as Millwall were one of the poorest sides we've played.

PositivelyPortman added 19:44 - Feb 17
So very pleased to be proved wrong regarding Moore.
His little deft touches and accurate knockdowns are a joy to see, he’s so light on his feet - especially for such a big man. Very impressive again today.

Marcus added 19:46 - Feb 17
A hard-worked win against a talented passing team, the difference being Town being sharper in front of goal combined with a little bit of edginess that frustrated Swansea. We did look leggy towards the end and some rotation against Rotherham may be essential.

dirtydingusmagee added 19:56 - Feb 17
very good win away, well done lads, we just have to keep it going and hope Leeds and or Saints hit the buffers. IMO we will prob have to endure the playoffs, but we have had two amazing seasons so far under KMac after a decade of drudgery . The dream is still on .COYB

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