Freddie Woodman picked up his 18th clean sheet in all competitions in Swansea’s 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium against Coventry on Wednesday. This was a return to form for Freddie and Swansea after a 4-1 defeat at Huddersfield a few weekends ago.
However, Woodman and his teammates took a step backward on Saturday losing 3-1 at home to Bristol City, marking the first win for new manager Nigel Pearson. It was all Swansea early, who just couldn’t convert any of their multiple first half chances.
Swansea took the lead in the 50th minute after an unfortunate handball in the box from Bristol’s Kasey Palmer. Andre Ayew converted the penalty to give Swans a 1-0 lead. But the Robins reacted well and got an equalizer through Nakhi Wells in the 66th minute.
Palmer redeemed himself in the 80th minute when his corner curled into the net over the outstretched reach of Woodman to give Bristol the 2-1 advantage. Swansea had chances to find an equalizer but couldn’t find one.
It was Bristol City who added a third goal late in stoppage time when Antoine Semenyo chased down a back pass to Woodman. Freddie tried to boot the ball up the pitch but it ricocheted off Semenyo and into the net. It was a disappointing second half for Swansea after dominating the first 45 minutes.
Kelland Watts and Plymouth saw their 9-match unbeaten streak come to an end with a 3-0 defeat at home against Peterborough last week. Watts was substituted for in the 81st minute after a poor performance from the entire backline.
However, Kelland returned to form on Saturday in Plymouth’s 4-3 win at home to Lincoln City. Watts grabbed his 3rd goal for the Pilgrims in just the 3rd minute. He collected a deflected cross in the box, composed himself in front of goal, and buried the ball into the back of the net.
Danny Mayor’s strike from just inside the box gave Plymouth a 2-0 lead after just 13 minutes. It unraveled a bit from there for the home side. Conor McGrandies brought one back in the 22nd minute to make it 2-1 which was the score at the break.
In the second half, Kell brought Brennan Johnson down in the box for a penalty, which Jorge Grant converted. Then just 3 minutes later in the 62nd minute, Lincoln City won another penalty when Mayor’s challenge tripped up Grant, who converted his second penalty of the afternoon.
However, Plymouth turned the tide late in the match to grab an equalizer and a winner. In the 77th minute, Conor Grant’s long-range strike sailed into the net. Then from a similar spot, Joe Edward’s low shot went into the corner in stoppage time to claim all three points for Plymouth.
For his part, Watts had 2 tackles, 5 clearances, and 4 interceptions to go with his goal. The win moves Plymouth to 10th in the League One table.
Elias Sorensen was a late substitute in Almere City’s 2-0 loss at home to Cambuur, who lead the Dutch second division. It was Sorensen’s 17th appearance of his loan spell.
Almere City have dropped to third in the table recently due to the form of De Graafschap, who since losing to Amere City in early January have picked up 22 points from the 24 available.