Year in review | February
We continue our review of the year as the second installment focusses on February.
After a positive January, the Swans’ unbeaten run came to an end in their first match of February as second-half goals from Andreas Weimann and Callum O’Dowda condemned Graham Potter’s men to defeat at Ashton Gate.
Following the defeat at Ashton Gate, chairman Huw Jenkins announced that he was stepping down after 17 years at the club. Jenkins played an important role alongside the Supporters Trust and others when the very real threat of extinction loomed in 2002. Under his guidance, the club reached the Premier League and achieved significant success but a new chapter beckoned for the Swans and the search for a new leader of football operations began.
A week later, George Byers scored his first senior goal as the Swans claimed a league double over Millwall at the Liberty before they faced a trip to Elland Road.
The Swans’ long for a win at Elland Road continued as Oli McBurnie’s late penalty was not enough to rescue a point against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
Pontus Jansson and Jack Harrison gave the hosts a 2-0 lead before McBurnie pulled a goal back for the visitors in the dying minutes.
Attention then turned to the FA Cup as the Swans hosted Brentford in the fifth round. Sensational solo goals from Daniel James and Bersant Celina capped off a rousing second-half comeback as the Swans booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 4-1 victory.
James raced 80 yards to score a stunning individual effort before Celina used his trickery to beat two men inside the box and slotted into the far corner. The win saw the Swans booking their place in back-to-back FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 92 years.
Back in the Championship, the Swans suffered a miserable afternoon at Hillsborough as they succumbed to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.