Swansea City lost 1-0 at Fulham in the Championship last night.
Steve Cooper’s side went to Craven Cottage looking to extend their three-game unbeaten run, and to close the gap on the top-six. But it wasn’t to be for the Swans, whose fans felt they were denied a handful of penalties throughout the game.
Andre Ayew was involved in a couple of those decisions, and he posted this on his Instagram after the game:
Fulham dominated possession as they often do, but never really tested Freddie Woodman until late on.
Much to the anger of Cooper and the travelling Swansea supporters, Fulham were awarded a penalty in the 89th-minute, but the on-loan Newcastle goalkeeper kept out former Magpie Aleksandar Mitrovic, and looked to have secured a deserved point for his side.
The Serb kept on coming though and with seconds to play, headed home his 23rd Championship goal of the season to take Fulham back into 3rd-place, and keep Swansea in 9th, now five points off the top-six.
Officiating in the Championship has long been lamented but this season has been the pinnacle for some fans.
Last night’s game was just one of many examples this season of how poor refereeing can leave teams shorthanded, and with VAR being introduced in the Premier League, it’s really shone a light on the quality of officiating in the second-tier.
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Swansea were hugely unlucky last night. They fought really well against a side with some top players, and restricted them to very few clear-cut chances. But ultimately it’s a loss for Cooper, and their dreams of a play-off place seem to be drifting away.