Andre Ayew | We're showing maturity in our performances

26th November 2020
First team
Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew felt Swansea City showed maturity and progression in their performance after coming from behind to pick up a point against Sheffield Wednesday at the Liberty.

After Adam Reach gave the visitors a first-half lead, the Ghana captain was introduced at half-time before curling home the equaliser on the hour mark.

Steve Cooper’s side looked to have won it in the final few seconds of the game via Kasey Palmer’s overhead kick, but sub keeper Joe Wildsmith was adjudged to have been fouled in the build-up.

And Ayew, who missed last weekend’s win over Rotherham due to a hamstring injury, believes the Swans are making positive strides forward in the early stages of the campaign.

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"When I look at the first half, they didn't get near our goal,” said Ayew. “They scored from a set-piece, but we had the game under control. We went 1-0 down, but stayed in the game and stayed patient.

“We showed maturity. We got the equaliser and, later on, should have won the game.

“Still, we'll take a point, we're still progressing and will prepare for what's coming on Sunday.”

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Ayew struck his sixth goal in 12 league appearances this term against the Owls, despite not being deemed fit enough to start due to the hamstring injury that ruled him out of the weekend’s win.

Cooper had insisted he hoped he would not have to use his vice-captain on Wednesday night, but introduced him at the break as he looked to give his side a different dimension.

And it paid off as the 30-year-old made an impact on the hour mark as he bamboozled the Wednesday defence before slotting into the far corner of the net.

His impact is all the more remarkable given he had not participated much in the Swans’ preparations.

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Ayew added: "I haven't done too much in the past 10 days. We knew I wasn't 100 per cent ready to start.

“If he could have left me out, the gaffer would have done that to prepare me for Sunday, but that's football; you need to be ready.

“As the game was going on, I was preparing to come on. It was important to warm up well and not feel any pain in my hamstring, especially as it's an injury I've had for the first time in my career.

“I had to take care of it, the physio's been doing a great job on me - hours of work trying to get me back as soon as possible.

“I was a bit doubtful for Wednesday night but after this, I'm quite happy with how it felt.

“It wasn't the best, but it'll be better over the next few days and hopefully I'll be 100 per cent on Sunday."