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AYEW EN­SURES MOW­BRAY’S SWANS JINX CON­TIN­UES

- By GRA­HAM THOMAS at the Lib­erty Sta­dium Sports · Soccer · Blackburn Rovers F.C. · Championship · Swansea City A.F.C. · Swansea · Matt Grimes · Corry Evans · Darragh Lenihan · André Ayew · Blackburn

AN­DRE AYEW proved why he re­mains so vi­tal to Swansea City as he made it an­other day to for­get against the Welsh club for Tony Mow­bray.

Black­burn boss Mow­bray has now man­aged in seven games against the Swans and is yet to savour a win­ning feel­ing.

Even ar­riv­ing in Wales as the Cham­pi­onship’s top scor­ers with 18 goals didn’t help Rovers, who were sunk by two thump­ing head­ers – one from Ayew in the sec­ond half af­ter a first from Ben Cabango.

Ayew is a relic from

Swansea’s Premier League days, but a price­less one for head coach Steve Cooper who handed the Ghana­ian the cap­taincy af­ter leav­ing reg­u­lar skip­per Matt Grimes on the bench.

The street­wise striker was the Swans’ fo­cal point – draw­ing fouls and plenty of de­fend­ers – be­fore head­ing pow­er­fully home from Yan Dhanda’s ac­cu­rate cross just past the hour.

The win lifted Swansea to sec­ond in the ta­ble and cut the gap to lead­ers Read­ing to four points. “An­dre is a leader, re­gard­less of whether or not he wears the arm­band,” said Cooper.

“He al­ways stands up and leads by ex­am­ple. He’s a mas­sive in­flu­ence at this club.

“Not ev­ery game can be the purest, I think some times you have to ac­cept that, even though that’s what we aim for.

“But it’s also a good sign that in those games, you can keep a clean sheet against a team that have scored more goals and had more shots than any other team so far.

It was a fan­tas­tic header from Cabango. You look at him and you can see that he’s a guy who is more than ca­pa­ble of do­ing that.”

Adam Arm­strong should have scored for Rovers early on and Corry Evans missed a sec­ond half op­por­tu­nity, but for the most part Mow­bray’s men were muted.

They were also bul­lied when Cabango, the Swans’ 20-year-old Wales cen­tre­back, held off the chal­lenge of Dar­ragh Leni­han to pump his header home di­rect from a cor­ner.

Mow­bray ad­mit­ted: “I’m dis­ap­pointed, es­pe­cially with the goals we gave away. They were un­like us. It must be two years since we gave away a goal from a di­rect header at a cor­ner.

“It was a frus­trat­ing day be­cause we had some op­por­tu­ni­ties. In An­dre Ayew, you can see they have a class striker – one of the best in this di­vi­sion.” SWANSEA: Wood­man 7; Naughton 6, Cabango 7, Guehi 6; Roberts 7, Smith 6, Ful­ton 6, Bid­well 6; Dhanda 7 (Palmer 75, 6); Ayew 8, Lowe 6 (Gyok­eres 66, 5).

Un­used subs: Benda, Ben­nett, Man­ning, Grimes, Rout­ledge.

BLACK­BURN: Pears 6, Nyambe 6, Leni­han 5, Wil­liams 6, Rankin- Costello 6; Try­bull 5, Holtby 6; Evans 6 (Dolan 60), El­liott 6, Arm­strong 7 (Daven­port 79); Br­ere­ton 7 (Gal­lagher 60, 5). Un­used subs: Ster­giakis, Whar­ton, Buck­ley, Chap­man.

MAN OF THE MATCH: An­dre Ayew. Drew the st­ing from Black­burn’s de­fend­ers then sealed the win with ven­omous header. REF­EREE: Dean White­stone 7.

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HEADS I WIN An­dre Ayew cel­e­brates af­ter head­ing home Swansea’s sec­ond (be­low)

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