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Huddersfield Town 0-0 Swansea City: Ten-man Swans escape with precious point after early Ayew dismissal

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Attendance: 23,567

A defiant Swans side held firm against a Huddersfield barrage on Saturday to gain an away draw after Jordan Ayew received an early red card.

The stats do not make pretty reading. Huddersfield had over 80% possession, hit 30 shots to Swansea’s nil and mustered 12 corners while the South Wales side drew a blank.

Swans fans will not care one bit. The most important numbers were evident on the scoreboard; nothing for either side.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men will undoubtedly be the happier of the sides after clinging on in this real ‘six-pointer’.

Match Report

It only took forward Ayew 10 minutes to get himself sent off for a rash challenge on Terriers captain Jonathan Hogg.

From then on, it was one-way traffic but Swansea’s roadblock did not budge.

Club record signing Steve Mounie missed the target with a couple of headers before the break but it was in the second period that the pressure on Swansea really intensified.

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Beninese striker Mounie was involved again and it took a brilliant save from Lukasz Fabianski to divert the ball onto the crossbar after a wicked shot in the 62nd minute.

Defender Florent Hadergjonaj hit a swerving effort just to the left of the post just two minutes later.

There was time for one more serious chance before the end of the game when Tom Ince nodded a header onto the post.

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The Englishman had beaten Swans defender Mike van der Hoorn in the air and his effort looked to be sailing in.

It  was not to be, however, and the final whistle sparked jubilant scenes in the away end.

Final Word

This could prove a monumental point for Carvalhal and his troops. The odds were firmly stacked against them the moment Ayew rightly received his marching orders.

But, to their immense credit, they held on and snatched an unlikely draw to brighten their prospects of staying up.

Carvalhal has reinvigorated the Swans, who looked dead and buried before his arrival.

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The South Wales club now have a break from league action as they prepare to take on Spurs in a home FA Cup quarter-final clash next Saturday.

Win that (or even gain a replay), and they will earn themselves a trip to Wembley.

The good times seem to be rolling again for Swansea after the doom and gloom of the early part of the campaign, but they will know there is still plenty of work to be done.