Abra­ham’s dou­ble lifts Swans out of drop zone

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

TAMMY ABRA­HAM de­liv­ered his first Pre­mier League dou­ble as Swansea fi­nally got off the mark at home. The on-loan Chelsea young­ster turned 20 ear­lier this month and his third and fourth goals of the league cam­paign were a be­lated birth­day present as Swansea climbed out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Abra­ham’s goals came ei­ther side of the break as the Eng­land Un­der-21 striker in­flicted fresh agony on Hud­der­s­field.

Swansea had suf­fered three open­ing home de­feats for the first time in their his­tory, so the three points will come as a huge re­lief to boss Paul Cle­ment and his play­ers.

It was also an­other grim re­al­ity check for David Wag­ner’s Hud­der­s­field af­ter their im­pres­sive start to life at the top. The Ter­ri­ers have gone six games with­out a win and are now only a point above Swansea.

There was an in­ten­sity about Swansea’s early play which had been miss­ing from re­cent games, al­though Leroy Fer paid for that by be­ing booked af­ter clat­ter­ing into goal­keeper Jonas Lossl.

Hud­der­s­field, mean­while, stirred to life mid­way through the first half when Elias Kachunga went close and Tom Ince bal­looned Ra­jiv van La Parra’s cross over from six yards.

Swansea’s at­tacks had started to peter out but they were gifted the lead three min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val.

Lossl’s kick went straight to Tom Car­roll and the mid­fielder squared a cross which Ayew stepped over and Abra­ham fin­ished con­fi­dently.

Hud­der­s­field sent on Aaron Mooy af­ter the break, but the mid­fielder in­ad­ver­tently helped Swansea dou­ble their lead within three min­utes.

Mooy’s tackle on Nars­ingh played the ball into Ayew’s path and his chip was head­ing goal­wards be­fore Abra­ham ap­plied the fi­nal touch from a yard out.

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