English Premiership

Ayew, Shelvey inspire Swansea fightback

2015-11-21 19:47
Andre Ayew (Getty Images)

Swansea - An Andre Ayew and Jonjo Shelvey-inspired fightback earned Swansea a come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Joshua King and Dan Gosling put struggling Bournemouth firmly in command before Ayew reduced the deficit, with the Ghana international then going on to earn a penalty, converted by Shelvey.

The stalemate left Bournemouth, without a win now in eight outings, third from bottom and their hosts, winless since the end of August, four points above them in 14th.

Bournemouth got off to a dream start when Junior Stanislas pounced on a defensive mix-up to cross the ball to King, the Norwegian international coolly slotting the ball right-footed into the bottom left corner from six yards out.

It was his first goal since February and his first since joining Bournemouth.

The action quickly moved down to the other end where Wayne Routledge's attempt for a quick equaliser was denied by Cherries goalkeeper Adam Federici.

An entertaining first period saw King going close to getting a double.

On 26 minutes Gosling did stretch the visitors' lead, rifling a fine shot high past Lukasz Fabianski and into the top corner after enterprising work from Matt Ritchie.

Within two minutes Ayew silenced the travelling fans' celebrations when he latched on to Shelvey's header to foil Federici with a neat close-range back heel.

Six minutes from the break, Swansea were back level, when Simon Francis was judged to have felled Ayew, Shelvey stepping up to drive home the ensuing penalty.

Bournemouth began the second half as they had the first, in spirited fashion, with Swansea keeper Fabianski denying Harry Arter's long-range attempt and Steve Cook missing the target with a far-post volley.

As the final 20 minutes of an enthralling encounter approached Ayew had a shot blocked, but neither side could break the deadlock in a result that arguably flattered the hosts.

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