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Season in review: December

Derby County 2 Swansea City 1

December 1, 2018 – Championship

The Swans suffered a third defeat in a week as a Harry Wilson brace earned Derby County a 2-1 victory at Pride Park.

After home losses to Norwich City and West Brom, Graham Potter’s side were beaten again as the Wales international struck twice in the first half.

Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, fired in a thunderous effort from 25 yards to open the scoring in the 31st minute.

The midfielder added another 10 minutes later as he intercepted Oli McBurnie’s pass before finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

An own goal from Fikayo Tomori pulled one back for the visitors in the 87th minute following a Matt Grimes corner, but it proved too little too late for the Swans.

Defeat left the Swans on 26 points from 20 games.

Brentford 2 Swansea City 3

December 8, 2018 – Championship

The Swans saw off a Brentford fightback to claim a 3-2 victory and end their three-match losing run in a thrilling game at Griffin Park.

Graham Potter's side had raced into a 3-0 lead within 27 minutes, with Wayne Routledge tapping them ahead after just 33 seconds.

A Chris Mepham own goal after 22 minutes doubled the advantage before captain Leroy Fer directed home Oli McBurnie's effort five minutes later.

But the Bees weren't finished, and they cut the deficit through Ollie Watkins on the stroke of half-time.

Said Benrahma curled home a fine free-kick with 20 minutes left, and the Swans had to count on the crossbar to deny the hosts an equaliser in the final moments.

Swansea City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1

December 15, 2018 – Championship

Swansea City made it two wins in a week as they came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans were staring at a painful defeat when Marco Matias fired the visitors in front just after the hour.

But Graham Potter’s men dug deep to fight their way back into the contest.

Bersant Celina’s third goal for the club drew the Swans level following the Kosovo international's introduction from the bench.

And barely a minute later, Wayne Routledge delivered what proved to be the winner as he latched onto a Celina through ball and held off his marker before firing through the legs of keeper Cameron Dawson.

Hull City 3 Swansea City 2

December 22, 2018 – Championship

Wilfried Bony got back on the scoresheet but Swansea City were undone by three goals in 10 minutes as they fell to defeat at the KCOM Stadium.

The Swans had been looking for a third-straight win in the Championship and had looked to be on course when Bony gave them a third-minute lead.

They had chances to extend their lead, while Erwin Mulder made an excellent save to deny Jarrod Bowen's penalty just before the break.

But Bowen made amends as he grabbed a brace either side of a Tommy Elphick header, meaning Bersant Celina's late effort was not enough to prevent a seventh defeat in eight trips to face the Tigers.

Swansea City 0 Aston Villa 1

December 26, 2018 – Championship

Wilfried Bony saw his penalty saved in the dying moments as Swansea City suffered a frustrating defeat to Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium.

Graham Potter's men had more than matched opponents who had been in a fine vein of form, but fell behind when Conor Hourihane headed home after 65 minutes.

The Swans pressed for an equaliser, but their best chance went begging when Orjan Nyland denied Bony from the spot at the death after Anwar El-Ghazi fouled Nathan Dyer in the area.

Swansea City 2 Wigan Athletic 2

December 29, 2018 – Championship

The Swans came from 2-0 down to sign off 2018 with a point in a dramatic draw against Wigan Athletic at the Liberty.

The visitors, without an away win since August, had led 2-0 at the break thanks to Joe Garner's brace.

Graham Potter's side pushed and pushed in the second half and pulled one back via Dan Burns' own goal just before the hour mark.

Then they grabbed an equaliser with nine minutes remaining via Mike van der Hoorn, who turned in Bersant Celina's cross.

The Swans went in search of a late winner, with Cameron Carter-Vickers almost turning in late on, but the hosts had to settle for a share of the spoils.

The draw meant the Swans finished 2018 on 33 points from 25 games, with Potter's side in 13th place in the table.

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