After a 5-0 mauling at Russell Martin’s Southampton on Boxing Day, the onus was firmly on Swansea City to produce a respectable display at the Coventry Building Society Arena in what was Alan Sheehan’s sixth game as interim boss following the sacking of former Barnsley man Duff at the beginning of December.
Handed a place in the starting XI at Coventry, Liam Walsh took just seven minutes to repay Sheehan’s faith and net his third of the season, although the Swans needed an added-
time free kick from Josh Cullen to ensure a share of the spoils, with Haji Wright and Ellis Simms netting either side of the half-time interval during both sides’ final match of 2023.
On a night when 17-year-old Sam Parker started his first-team career for Swansea, the Jack Army were calling for the end of Sam Watson’s reign as sporting director
at the Welsh side, with the search for Duff’s replacement set to rumble into a period in which the club should realistically be focusing on player recruitment ahead of the January transfer window.
A record of eight points from six matches under the interim stewardship of Sheehan has the Swans sitting in 17th place in the second-tier standings just after the halfway point, with Monday’s hosts possessing a nine-point buffer over Marti Cifuentes’s Queens Park Rangers who are lying in 22nd as we head into the New Year.
Swansea have the opportunity to record back-to-back home wins should they get the better of West Brom on New Year’s Day, with a Jamie Paterson brace
sealing a dramatic 2-1 win over Ryan Lowe’s Preston North End at the Swansea.com Stadium on December 22 – just four days before the Swans’ horror show on the South Coast.