Swansea beat Bristol Metropolis 2-0 to get rid of any lingering fears of being dragged into the Championship relegation battle on Sunday.
Liam Cullen and Olivier Ntcham have been heading in the right direction as Swansea secured a primary win in seven video games and are 10 factors away from Twenty second-placed Huddersfield with eight video games to play.
Bristol Metropolis are two factors away from Swans after a 3rd defeat in 5 video games.
The Robins did little to upset Andy Fisher, a keeper beneath strain after latest errors, though Andreas Weimann noticed a stoppage-time effort disallowed for offside as Swansea claimed a primary white sheet of 2023.
The hosts have been fourth within the desk after beating Welsh rivals Cardiff in October and have been hoping to mount a promotion problem. However a depressing run of three wins in 21 video games since had seen them edge ever nearer to relegation.
Bristol Metropolis had received an FA Cup replay right here in January, however Swansea’s want for a fast begin was better and Joel Piroe fired large from a bowed place after simply 11 seconds.
Cullen wasted a sixth-minute likelihood as he failed to regulate Liam Walsh’s intelligent go in entrance of purpose and Ryan Manning had his drilled effort blocked by Zak Vyner.
Robins keeper Max O’Leary was first examined simply earlier than the half-hour mark when Harry Darling met the ball diagonally from Matt Grimes on the far publish. O’Leary poked Darling’s head and Cameron Pring blocked Walsh’s follow-up effort.
The guests’ reprieve did not final lengthy as Walsh discovered Ntcham and the Cameroonian midfielder launched Cullen who stretched to attain his seventh purpose of the season.
Mark Sykes fired a straight shot at Fisher from 25 yards earlier than Bristol Metropolis’s greatest opener got here within the dying embers of the primary half. Alex Scott reached the rule of thumb with nice talent and set Andy King up for a taking pictures alternative that Piroe stifled.
The sample of the competition remained the identical after the interval with Cullen simply clearing the crossbar and Piroe heading for the publish.
Bristol Metropolis despatched in Weimann and Anis Mehmeti to offer an attacking menace, and Fisher was compelled to gather Omar Taylor-Clarke’s drive from distance.
Swansea ended the competitors 13 minutes from when Ntcham ran via a tiring Robins midfield.
Jamie Paterson’s cross was headed in by fellow substitute Morgan Whittaker, and Ntcham rigorously put the ball on his proper foot to beat O’Leary from 14 yards.