Michael Obafemi wins double as Swansea dent Coventry hope for play-off
Michael Obafemi scored twice as Swansea sapped Coventry’s Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes with a 3-1 victory in South Wales.
Obafemi scored two goals in seven minutes either side of half-time after also setting up Jamie Paterson’s opener at Swansea.com.
It was Swansea’s first consecutive league win since beating Coventry in November.
And it was a damaging defeat for Coventry, who were just three points clear of the play-off places after just one defeat in their previous seven games.
Apart from Gustavo Hamer’s 84th-minute goal, they were outplayed by their hosts six places below them.
Swansea manager Russell Martin said after the midweek win over West Brom that he was keen to make Cyrus Christie’s loan deal at Fulham permanent.
And it was the midfielder who caused a lot of problems for the visitors on the right, as Jake Bidwell was forced to make an early booking.
However, it was on the left side that Swansea created the game’s first goal on 12 minutes.
Korey Smith combined with Paterson in midfield before running clear. His pass into the box was first played by Obafemi and into the path of Paterson, who stabilized before shooting past Simon Moore.
Coventry’s lone striker Viktor Gyokeres worked hard to give the visitors a foothold in the Swansea half, forcing Kyle Naughton into a booking, but he was too often stuck without support.
It took until the 33rd minute for Coventry to get a meaningful shot when captain Kyle McFadzean fired a shot well over the top.
Swansea doubled their lead five minutes before half-time and again it was too easy.
No one challenged Flynn Downes, who made easy yards midway before splitting the Coventry defenders with an assist.
Obafemi had too much pace for McFadzean or Michael Rose before he passed Moore and put the ball into the corner.
Ben Cabango’s misplaced header aimed at his goalkeeper gave Gyokeres an easy shot on goal, but his effort was quickly stifled by Andy Fisher, who rushed forward.
Having survived that late scare before half-time, Swansea wasted no time in extending their lead after the break.
Captain Matty Grimes stole possession from Ben Sheaf and quickly freed Obafemi.
The former Southampton striker kept his composure to calmly claim his second less than two minutes into the second half.
Swansea cooled down and substitute Matty Godden sparked a Coventry revival and it was his save shot that was followed by Hamer for a late consolation.
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