Swansea City moved up to third place after a 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday in a match that had significant meaning at either end of the table.

Jamal Lowe and Jay Fulton goals saw Steve Cooper’s side take a step closer to securing a play-off place, whilst the Owls remain 23rd and nine points adrift of safety with games running out.

The loss would be a blow to Wednesday’s survival hopes, who after that big win over Cardiff suffer back-to-back Championship defeats.

Swansea started on the front foot, with Andre Ayew firing just wide early on after Wayne Routledge had played him through on the counter attack.

Jordan Rhodes responded for the Owls as he headed over from Barry Bannan’s corner with just under 20 minutes played.

Liam Shaw then forced Freddie Woodman into action shortly before the half hour mark. Racing on to Adam Reach’s pass, the defensive midfielder looked to pick out the top corner but was denied by an acrobatic save.

But it was Swansea who broke the deadlock, with Lowe on target for the third time in two games. Ayew muscled Julian Borner off the ball and through on goal, he squared a pass across for Lowe to tap in his 13th goal of the season.

Having gone in front, the Swans ended the first half on the front foot as Conor Hourihane picked out Ryan Manning with a low cross but he curled the ball over the bar.

Wednesday’s Josh Windass was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Ryan Bennett shortly after the restart, whilst at the other end Ayew was kept out by Kieron Westwood after doing well to beat his marker.

Connor Roberts came on in the 73rd minute and he proved to be the provider as Swansea doubled their lead just a minute later. The Welshman raced onto a through ball and picked out Fulton, who steered his header past Westwood to seal a second away win in four days for Cooper’s men.

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