Season in review | March

12th June 2019
First team

With the season over, we take a month-by-month look back at the 2018-19 campaign for Swansea City. Here, we reflect on March.

Swansea City 2 Bolton 0

March 2, 2019 - Championship

Graham Potter

Two late goals helped the Swans see off nine-man Bolton 2-0 in a one-sided affair at the Liberty Stadium.

Oli McBurnie, who had seen his first-half penalty saved, struck his 17th goal of the season with nine minutes left before sub Bersant Celina rounded off victory in additional time.

Following the penalty save, Bolton's efforts were made even tougher as Craig Noone was dismissed before the break for a second booking.

Then, with 17 minutes left, centre-back David Wheater was shown a red card for a professional foul on Wayne Routledge, who was racing towards goal after intercepting a pass.

Victory moved the Swans up to 13th in the Championship, with 47 points from 34 games.

Norwich City 1 Swansea City 0

March 8, 2019 - Championship

Daniel James

A stunning Emi Buendia strike condemned Swansea City to defeat at Norwich on a sodden night at Carrow Road.

Graham Potter’s Swans had the better of the first half against the Championship leaders and limited their hosts to a solitary shot on target in the entire game.

Unfortunately for the visitors, that proved to be the winner as Buendia lashed a left-footed drive into the net nine minutes into the second half.

It meant the Swans had lost their last four away games.

West Brom 3 Swans 0

March 13, 2019 - Championship

Bersant Celina

Goals in either half saw managerless West Brom claim a 3-0 victory at The Hawthorns as the Swans were made to pay the price for missing a fourth penalty of the campaign.

Graham Potter's side, like they had at leaders Norwich a few days earlier, created the better chances and enjoyed more possession in this fixture.

But they failed to make the most of those advantages as the Baggies bagged themselves three points.

Connor Roberts had already struck the post before Chris Brunt opened the scoring in the 20th minute as his free-kick from the hosts' right flank bounced in a crowded box and into the far corner of the net.

The Swans then had a chance to level from the spot after Mike van der Hoorn was felled by Craig Dawson. Bersant Celina stepped up, but slipped at the crucial moment and the Baggies cleared the danger.

Mason Holgate doubled the home side's lead as he nodded home Brunt's corner in the 54th minute, while Jay Rodriguez rounded off victory for the Baggies with five minutes remaining.

Swansea City 2 Manchester City 3

March 16, 2019 - FA Cup (quarter-final)

Mike van der Hoorn

Swansea City produced a performance of tremendous character, and no little quality, but were denied just a third FA Cup semi-final appearance in heartbreaking fashion by Manchester City.

The Swans had stunned their much-fancied opponents by sweeping into a 2-0 lead inside half an hour.

Matt Grimes converted from the spot for the first, before Bersant Celina finished a flowing Swansea attack against his old club.

The score stayed that way until the 69th minute when Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back with a fine volley, before a controversial penalty allowed City to level.

Cameron Carter-Vickers was harshly ruled to have fouled Raheem Sterling, and Sergio Aguero’s penalty found the net off the back of Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

That left the tie heading for extra-time but, with two minutes remaining, Aguero expertly headed Bernardo Silva’s cross into the net.

It was harsh on the Swans, who had shown moments of genuine quality against their much-vaunted in-form opponents, but there was to be no trip to Wembley for Graham Potter and his side.

Nottingham Forest 2 Swansea City 1

March 30, 2019 - Championship

Oli McBurnie

Nottingham Forest struck late on to come from behind and condemn the Swans to a fourth consecutive defeat.

The Swans had looked on course for victory when George Byers’ volley deflected in off Connor Roberts with 14 minutes left.

But two goals from two corners sunk the Swans at the City Ground in a game which was in their hands for large parts.

Sub Daryl Murphy put Forest back on level terms four minutes later as the hosts reacted quickly to falling behind.

Then, with two minutes left, Molla Wague headed in another corner to keep Forest’s play-off bid on track.

Defeat left the Swans on 47 points from 37 games with Graham Potter’s side in 15th place.