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‘The first of many this season’ – Looking back at Swansea City’s opening-day win and what it meant

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Rewind’ series, this content strand is where we rewind back to a particular moment at a club, assess the initial reaction from the fans, and then proceed to evaluate and reflect on whether fans were right to react in that way….

Swansea City remain in the Championship play-off hunt as they wait for their campaign to resume following the EFL’s recent fixture suspension.

Steve Cooper’s side had looked like possible automatic-promotion contenders following their electric start to the season back in August, but it now appears that a top-six spot is the best they can hope for.

The Welsh side had been sitting at the Championship summit by the end of August following five wins in their opening six matches, but their form then suffered a downturn following a defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Swansea’s impressive run at the start of the season began with a narrow 2-1 victory over Hull City on the opening day, with Borja Baston and Mike van der Hoorn finding the target in Cooper’s first competitive match in charge.

This gave the Swans a much-needed boost following the sale of star striker Oli McBurnie to Sheffield United the previous day, and Borja’s headed effort gave Swansea some fresh optimism ahead of the new season.

Here, we take a look at how some Swansea fans reacted to the opening-day win back in August…

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There was clearly plenty of excitement surrounding Borja following just his second goal for the club since his arrival in 2016, and this would have continued throughout August with Borja finding the net another four times.

However, the Spaniard was not able to carry this form into the rest of the season as some Swansea fans predicted, with the former Atletico Madrid man only managing one goal after the end of August.

This barren run eventually saw the frontman lose his starting spot in Cooper’s plans, with Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge starting to cement his place in the side before he was recalled by his parent club.

Borja’s reduced amount of football then eventually resulted in him leaving the club to join Aston Villa in January, with the 27-year-old having failed to live up to the hype surrounding him in the season’s early weeks.

Swansea now have a much more exciting first-choice option in attack with Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster leading the line, and the England youth international has so far netted four goals for the Swans.


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