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Season in review: January

Reading 1 Swansea City 4

January 1, 2019 - Championship

The Swans welcomed in the New Year in style at Madejski Stadium with a thumping 4-1 victory over a stunned Royals side.

Nearly 2,000 travelling Jacks raised their glasses to Graham Potter’s men with Connor Roberts, Mike van der Hoorn and an Oli McBurnie double sparking the celebrations.

The Swans made the perfect start as they took a second minute lead through McBurnie. The visitors worked the ball out wide to Kyle Naughton and the right-back delivered a great cross which McBurnie headed home from the edge of the six-yard area.

It got better for the Swans as they doubled their lead on the half-hour mark. After a good build up, Bersant Celina chipped a fantastic ball into Leroy Fer inside the area. The Dutchman headed across the face of goal and after McBurnie challenged goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola for the loose ball, Roberts was in support for a simple tap in.

Swansea weren’t finished there as McBurnie won a free-kick on the edge of the area with 45 minutes on the clock.

Matt Grimes drilled in a left foot curler to the far post and central defender van der Hoorn arrived unmarked to smash his finish home for his second goal in as many games.

After the break, McBurnie fired home a penalty after Routledge was felled in the box, before Reading claimed a consolation via Callum Harriott.

It was Swansea’s biggest away win in the league since May 2016 when they beat West Ham by the same scoreline.

Aston Villa 0 Swansea City 3

January 5 - FA Cup (third round)

The Swans turned on the style at Villa Park to book their place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Quick-fire goals at the start of each half from Courtney Baker-Richardson and Nathan Dyer set the Swans on their way to victory, before substitute Jay Fulton wrapped things up late on.

The game got off to a blistering start as the Swans took a second minute lead - as they had at Reading.

Villa failed to clear a corner and when the ball eventually found its way out wide to Mike van der Hoorn, the central defender drilled in a low cross which Baker-Richardson managed to beat debutant keeper Lovre Kalinic to and squeeze home.

The Swans started the second half exactly how they had started the first by hitting the back of the net within two minutes.

After a patient build up, Fer slipped a superb pass through to Dyer who slotted home his first of the season to make it 2-0.

And Fulton wrapped up a memorable day as he slotted home following some fine work by Fer.

 

Preston 1 Swansea City 1

January 12, 2019 - Championship

The Swans had to settle for a point after Preston came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw at Deepdale.

Graham Potter's side, chasing a third consecutive win in all competitions, had led in the 55th minute courtesy of Courtney Baker-Richardson's third goal of the season.

The hosts, though, would earn a share of the spoils courtesy of a controversial penalty which Daniel Johnson slotted home after Connor Roberts was adjudged to have handled Jayden Stockley's cross.

Preston would finish the game with 10 men after sub Josh Earl was dismissed with nine minutes left.

 

Swansea City 1 Sheffield United 0

January 19, 2019 - Championship

Oli McBurnie scored his 11th goal of the season as the Swans moved to within six points of the play-offs following a 1-0 win over Sheffield United at the Liberty.

The Scottish striker tapped home in the 65th minute after being set up by Nathan Dyer, who had latched onto Mike van der Hoorn’s return pass into the box.

It proved a tight encounter in SA1, with not much between the sides, but McBurnie’s strike proved the difference as the Swans claimed a league double over the Blades.

The win moved the Swans onto 40 points from 28 games – six points adrift of sixth-placed Derby, although they lost Joe Rodon to a broken metatarsal which would sideline the defender under April.

 

Swansea City 4 Gillingham 1

January 26, 2019 - FA Cup (fourth round)

Swansea City eased into the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup as Oli McBurnie grabbed a brace in a convincing victory over League One Gillingham.

Striker McBurnie took his tally to 13 for the season as he headed home the opener, and then stroked home Swansea’s second just past the half-hour mark.

However, Gillingham gave a good account of themselves and pulled a goal back through a Josh Rees header early in the second half.

But Swansea put the result beyond doubt as Bersant Celina produced a stunning strike from distance, before Barrie McKay completed the scoring.

 

Swansea City 3 Birmingham City 3

January 29, 2019 - Championship

Oli McBurnie scored a last-gasp equaliser to earn the Swans a share of the spoils in a six-goal thriller against 10-man Birmingham City at the Liberty.

The Swans, who lost captain Leroy Fer through injury after 16 minutes, were on the brink of defeat as the game ticked deep into injury time, with Garry Monk looking set to make a winning return to his former club.

But up popped McBurnie to score his second of the night as he directed Mike van der Hoorn’s header past Lee Camp with seconds remaining.

McBurnie had set up Daniel James for the opening goal after 22 minutes, but the Blues levelled through Jacques Maghoma.

The visitors were down to 10 men before the break as they lost Kristian Pedersen to a second booking, but it didn’t stop them from pushing forward.

Just three minutes after Morrison’s equaliser, Che Adams curled in a stunning strike from 20 yards which left Erwin Mulder stranded.

But the drama didn’t end there, with the Liberty erupting as McBurnie tucked home his 15th goal of the season.

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