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3 things we learned about Swansea in their late 2-1 victory over Wigan

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Swansea City extended their unbeaten away record to eight matches this season as they sealed a late 2-1 victory over Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Sam Surridge scored a stoppage-time header to give his side all three points on an afternoon where Swansea also secured back-to-back successes for the first time since August.

Steve Cooper’s side were heading into the match following their 1-0 victory over Cardiff the previous weekend, and they took a first-half lead courtesy of Nathan Dyer before Kieffer Moore levelled the scores from the spot.

Surridge, who had come off the bench, then nodded home Connor Roberts’ testing cross in the 93rd minute to win the match for the Welsh side who are now sitting third in the Championship behind just Preston and Leeds.

Here are three things we learned about Cooper’s side during the match…

Cooper is getting closer to finding his best starting line-up

The Swansea boss named an unchanged starting line-up following the Cardiff victory, despite having made wholesale changes to side in recent weeks during his search for his side’s best system.

There were six changes to the side ahead of the Cardiff match, but the fact Cooper decided to stick with the same eleven for the Wigan trip suggests that he is ready to stick with this set-up in the coming weeks.

Ayew appears to be well-suited to his role up front, while the presence of Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer on either flank means Bersant Celina can utilise his creative potential in a central attacking midfield role.

Nathan Dyer has deserved more minutes than what he has received this term

Dyer has been far from a regular in the Swansea side this season, with Cooper previously opting for Ayew on the right flank, but Dyer has displayed his credentials in recent matches following his re-inclusion in the side.

He delivered an accomplished wing performance against Cardiff in the South Wales derby, while his first-half goal against the Latics suggests he has gone some way to cementing his place in the team ahead of next week.

The 31-year-old clearly does not possess the pace he once had, but Dyer is still capable in offering a productive outlet to Cooper’s side on the right flank, and he has been unlucky to have only made six league appearances this term.

Should Nathan Dyer be a regular fixture in the Swansea side now?

Yes

Yes

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Sam Surridge appears to have moved above Borja Baston in the striker pecking order

Baston was Swansea’s undisputed number-one choice striker during the opening weeks of the season, but his goalscoring form then started to drop off and he now appears to have lost his place in the side.

Ayew has started Swansea’s last two matches in attack, while Cooper has also decided to call on Surridge ahead of Baston in these games, which suggests Baston is currently somewhat out of favour.

The Spaniard has scored six goals so far this term, but he has now not found the net since September, and Surridge’s winning goal on Saturday will not have done any favours for Baston’s playing time.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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