Swans maintain play-off place

Swansea keep their foothold in the Championship play-off places with a comfortable 3-1 home victory against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

Last Updated: 17/04/10 at 17:23 Post Comment

Kuqi: First half goal

Kuqi: First half goal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

First-half goals from Ashley Williams and Shefki Kuqi set Paulo Sousa's side on their way and although Darren Moore pulled one back for Barnsley before half-time, Darren Pratley restored Swansea's two-goal advantage midway through the second period.

The Swans' grip on a top-six finish has not looked so assured in recent weeks with their latest defeat at Bristol City leaving them with only one win in their last eight games and just two points ahead of seventh-placed Blackpool.

Manager Sousa responded by making six changes to the side that lost last week. Argentinian full-back Federico Bessone returned after a two-month injury lay-off and Albert Serran, Kuqi, Cedric van der Gun, Leon Britton and Mark Gower all returned.

Martin Devaney, Moore, Iain Hume and Andy Gray were all recalled by Barnsley, whose season is petering out as they have now failed to win any of their last eight matches.

The early exchanges were highlighted by one of the misses of the season from Swans striker Kuqi, who pulled his shot from six yards wide in front of an open goal.

But the Welshmen were quickly into their stride, with Pratley forcing a smart save from Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele before Williams stabbed home his fifth goal of the season in the 23rd minute after David Cotterill's corner had been flicked into the six-yard box.

Steele then saved Gower's header at full stretch from a free-kick by Cotterill, who forced the visiting goalkeeper to pull off an even better save with a goalbound shot from 20 yards.

But Swansea maintained their momentum and Kuqi atoned for his howler in the 28th minute when he headed home Gower's cross from the right, low into Steele's left-hand corner to double the home side's advantage.

The Swans' two-goal cushion did not last long though when the visitors were gifted a goal courtesy of an error by Dorus de Vries.

The Swansea goalkeeper committed himself to Hume's corner, but failed to gather the ball and left the unmarked Moore with a free header at the far post.

Hume fired an early second-half warning for the visitors straight after the restart, flashing an angled shot just wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Barnsley manager Mark Robins then replaced Hume with 18-year-old striker Jamil Adam, who was making only his second senior appearance for the Tykes.

The visitors gave as good as they got in the second period. Van der Gun's shot from the edge of the area was well saved by Steele, but Hugo Colace went close for Barnsley with a 25-yard rocket which flew just over the crossbar.

Swansea midfielder Gower was replaced by Andrea Orlandi in the 70th minute and the Spaniard's first contribution was to set up Pratley for his side's third goal.

Orlandi broke clear down the left and pulled the ball back from the by-line into the path of Pratley, whose emphatic finish found the top corner from 12 yards.

Swans substitute Lee Trundle fired a shot straight at Steele in the closing stages as the home side comfortably closed out the game.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Tuesday, 27 January 2015
19:45
Derby 2-0 Blackburn Report
Millwall 0-0 Reading Report
Rotherham 4-2 Bolton Report
Sheff Wed 0-0 Birm'ham Report
Saturday, 24 January 2015
15:00
Norwich 1-2 Brentford Report
Watford 7-2 Blackpool Report
Wigan 0-1 Huddsf'ld Report
Wolves 0-0 Charlton Report
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
19:45
Brighton 3-2 Ipswich Report
Fulham 3-2 N Forest Report

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Transfer news: Arsenal complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel on a long-term deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company