Jordan Ayew scores on suspension return

Swansea City moved five points clear of the relegation zone after Ghana international Jordan Ayew struck in a 1-1 draw with Everton at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Ayew, returning from a three-match suspension, fired home from Tom Carroll’s cross in the 72 minute to cancel out Kyle Naughton’s first-half own goal.

The Swans were dominant in this game, with Carlos Carvalhal’s side full of energy and purpose from the first whistle.

They created plenty of chances too, which left the hosts feeling they should have had three – rather than one – points which their performance deserved.

The first big chance came after 21 minutes as Jordan Ayew controlled Luciano Narsingh’s cross before seeing his goalbound shot deflect wide for a corner.

From the resulting delivery, Federico Fernandez’s header was kept off the line by Cenk Tosun before Carroll fired over from an acute angle.

Jordan Ayew then linked wonderfully with his brother Andre, but he could only fire straight at Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Then, out of the blue, Everton took the lead in the 42nd minute.

It was a hammer blow for the Swans, who were well on top.

After the break, the Swans continued their search for an equaliser.

Carroll went close within 46 seconds of the restart but his header was saved by Pickford.

The keeper again came to Everton’s rescue to deny Andre Ayew, but he couldn’t do anything to stop Ayew junior from hammering home the equaliser.
Carroll showed great vision to pick out Jordan Ayew, and he controlled the pass before rifling his angled effort inside the far post.

It gave the Swans momentum, but the wind was almost taken out of their sails three minutes later as Seamus Coleman rattled the crossbar.
Then, at the other end, substitute Tammy Abraham blasted over from Jordan Ayew’s knockdown.

It was breathtaking stuff, but the Swans were forced to settle for a point in a pulsating encounter.

The result moved them onto 33 points from as many games – five points clear of third-bottom Southampton.

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