Swansea City advent calendar | Day Twenty Four
As 2021 draws to a close, reflect on some of the memorable moments from the calendar year with our Swansea City advent calendar.
For every day between now and Christmas we will be posting a clip of a stand-out memory for the year so far including goals, saves, skills, tackles and passages of play.
We hope your favourite is in our selection and we will keep adding a clip a day at midday to this page, so scroll down to go through the full list as it grows.
Jake Bidwell's goal v Peterborough
The Swans produced a superb passage of play from kick-off to set themselves on the way to victory over Peterborough by scoring the opening goal inside two minutes.
Matt Grimes' goal v Nottingham Forest
The Swans skipper lit up a five-star performance in this FA Cup tie by firing home an unstoppable strike from the edge of the area.
The Piroe and Pato show v Fulham
We have seen Joel Piroe and Jamie Paterson combine to great effect this season and they dovetailed superbly for this goal at Fulham.
The Scottish Pirlo strikes
The Swans had been pegged back to a 2-1 lead at Rotherham back in January, when Jay Fulton popped up to score an outstanding goal to seal victory.
Ntcham's Kenilworth cracker
Trailing 3-0 at the break, the Swans looked to be heading for defeat at Luton. But a stirring second-half fightback saw Russell Martin's side earn a share of the spoils, with this stunning effort from Olivier Ntcham the pick of the goals.
Andre Ayew's moment of magic at Reading
With the Swans trailing 1-0 at Reading, Andre Ayew came off the bench to help get them level with a moment of magic setting up an equaliser for Jamal Lowe. The point at the Madejski ensured Swansea made the play-offs for the second year running.
Joel Piroe's goal v Preston
The Dutchman notched his fourth goal of the season as he fired the Swans ahead at Deepdale with a powerful low strike following a majestic assist from Liam Cullen.
Connor Roberts volleys home
The energetic wing-back bursts up the pitch to get onto the end of Ryan Manning's cross to volley the Swans level against Stoke City. It was a game that ended in high drama, with Andre Ayew netting a stoppage-time penalty to earn the Swans victory.
Hamer's handy work
The Swans picked up a point during a 0-0 draw at Derby - a game in which they had 76 per cent possession and struck 15 attempts at goal. But a significant moment came in the 53rd minute as Hamer did his best impression of Superman. Tom Lawrence raced in on goal and saw his first effort saved, while Hamer got up to deny his follow up effort and then again to keep out the third attempt.
"What a left foot"
Conor Hourihane struck his third goal in as many games following his loan move from Aston Villa. Teed up by Jay Fulton, the Irish international powered a low shot into the bottom corner during a 2-0 win over Norwich City, leading to another classic bit of punditry from Swans legend Wyndham Evans.
He's electric. . .
The Swans were already 2-0 up in their home win over Peterborough by the time Olivier Ntcham struck a third on the stroke of half-time. Joel Piroe, who was already on the scoresheet, slipped through a pass for the Frenchman, and he fired a low effort from just inside the box into the bottom corner.
Smile for the camera
Jamal Lowe was the main focus of Ben Foster's YouTube channel as the striker gathered Korey Smith's pass before cutting onto his right foot and curling in an effort via the far post.
The striker wheeled away and celebrated by pointing towards a GoPro in Foster's net, which was used for his own YouTube channel.
Man oh Manning
The Irish international stuns the Swansea.com Stadium as he volleys home an attempted Reading clearance into the top corner - with his right foot, or shin as he will happily admit - to score his first Swansea City goal.
Cool as you like Connor
In the the final home game of last season, the Swans had just pegged back a Derby side battling relegation through former Rams forward Morgan Whittaker. Then, when Matt Grimes pinged a crossfield pass into the path of Connor Roberts, the Wales international volleyed his skipper's pass past Derby keeper Kelle Roos to seal victory.
Whittaker's Top Treble
No player had scored a hat-trick for the Swans since Scott Sinclair in the 2011 play-off final, but the more than decade wait was finally ended when Morgan Whittaker fired a quickfire treble during the closing stages of the Carabao Cup win over Plymouth.
Andre strikes in the Lions' Den
Swansea had been on a difficult run ahead of a tough-looking trip to Millwall, but they responded in fine fashion with a dominant 3-0 win.
And it was Andre Ayew who set them on their way with this superb finish at the end of slick build-up.
Piroe starts the party
The Swans were already leading the South Wales derby by a goal to nil when the Dutch striker laid the ball off to Jamie Paterson and set off on a clever run that was picked out by the midfielder.
Piroe did the rest and the hosts knew the derby day bragging rights were within their grasp.
Sterling work from Guehi
Marc Guehi was one of the stars of Swansea's 2020-21 campaign, and he underlined his quality by dealing with Raheem Sterling heading towards goal with cool aplomb, with a touch of WWE action to round it all off.
Piroe strike snatches a point
Goals from Jamie Paterson and Olivier Ntcham had brought Swansea to within touching distance of an unlikely point at Luton, and a share of the spoils was secured when Joel Piroe received Ethan Laird's pass, took a touch, and sent an unerring low shot into the net to spark jubilant celebrations in the away end.
Piroe stunner ends slick Swans move
This was a stunning solo strike, but it also came on the back of patient Swansea build-up.
Then, Olivier Ntcham escaped his marker and fed Joel Piroe...you know the rest.
Day Twenty One
Andre's Oakwell strike
Swansea City and Barnsley played out a pair of hard-fought play-off semi-finals back in May, and the two-legged tie was settled by two moments of magic from the Swans.
The first of them came courtesy of Andre Ayew as he gave the Swans a first-leg advantage with this sensational effort.
Day Twenty Two
Pato sinks the Baggies
The Joel Piroe and Jamie Paterson combination has been one of the features of the first half of the season for Swansea City, and they combined to great effect to help the Swans hit back from a goal down to beat West Brom.
Piroe won the ball high up the field and fed the midfielder, who nutmegged Kyle Bartley before firing in the winner.
Day Twenty Three
On an emotional evening, as fans returned to the Swansea.com Stadium for the first time in 14 months, Matt Grimes sent the Jack Army into delirious celebration with a magnificent strike against Barnsley.
Cauley Woodrow would level matters on the night, but Swansea's first-leg advantage meant they were on their way to Wembley.
Day Twenty Four
Pato's derby delight
Jamie Paterson has enjoyed a superb start to life at Swansea City, and he further endeared himself to the Jack Army with this outstanding strike in the 3-0 derby day win over Cardiff.