Ben Wilmot struck at the death to level for the Swans, who are now unbeaten in 10 league games away from home.

Steve Cooper admits "a little bit of relief" after Swans salvage late draw

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Swansea boss Steve Cooper was relieved after his side extended their unbeaten Sky Bet Championship away record with a late 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Andre Ayew gave the visitors a first-half lead but Wednesday finally equalised through substitute Fernando Forestieri in the 81st minute after hitting the woodwork three times.

The Owls thought they had won it when Morgan Fox put them ahead but Ben Wilmot struck at the death to level.

Swansea are now unbeaten in 10 league games away from home and Cooper admitted he was happy to leave Yorkshire with a point.

Cooper said: "I guess there's a little bit of relief, having gone 2-1 down and thinking the last thing we deserved was not to get a win today.

"It's a difficult place to come and I thought Sheffield Wednesday started the better. They're a real threat with the way that they play, but we managed the storm and then just completely controlled the game in the first half.

"You just want to see the game out but we conceded a couple of soft goals from our point of view.

"I'm just pleased that we didn't lose because it would have been a travesty after the way we played.

"In the end, we're quite pleased that we got a point but we created some really good chances. We're having to work hard for every point."

Jacob Murphy saw his early effort saved by Freddie Woodman, who pushed the ball onto his left-hand post.

Steven Fletcher then headed against Woodman's left-hand post.

Swansea took the lead against the run of play when keeper Keiren Westwood failed to deal with a Matt Grimes corner and Ayew pounced on the loose ball, smashing it into the net from close range.

Wednesday hit the woodwork for a third time just after the hour mark when Murphy smashed the loose ball against Woodman's left-hand post after Fletcher's header was saved.

Ayew put his header wide and Wilmot then headed against a post.

Wednesday equalised when Adam Reach's low drive was parried by Woodman and the ball eventually fell for Forestieri to finish from close range.

Fox struck in added time after Dominic Iorfa headed down following a corner before Wilmot equalised with a far-post header from a Grimes corner.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk said: "It was very frustrating in the end.

"The effort and commitment is there and it's clear they're fighting hard for each other, but set-pieces in the last two games have cost us.

"You need to focus on what you've trained very hard to do. The roles are very clear and you need to focus on what you need to do but unfortunately we haven't done that in those two critical moments in the last two games.

"We probably should be stood here with six points from the last two games but we have the one.

"How the ball didn't go in for us in the first half is quite unbelievable. To fight back and get that lead shows there's a lot of effort and commitment.

"There's a lot of positives but of course there's work to be done during the international break ahead of our busiest period when we come out of it."

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Steve Cooper admits "a little bit of relief" after Swans salvage late draw

Neil 'hasn't much to complain about' as Preston stick second

Preston boss Alex Neil was left beaming at the final whistle after seeing his side keep up the pressure at the top of the Championship table and end Huddersfield's seven-match unbeaten run in the process.

Jayden Stockley headed his first of the season as he reacted quickest to a free-kick, before Alan Browne doubled the lead.

And Paul Gallagher sealed the victory after the break by converting from the spot, with Juninho Bacuna pulling one back for Huddersfield.

"I am really pleased, not just with today, but with our form in recent weeks," said Neil. "Today is another three points for us, with three goals to go with it, and we stay unbeaten at home.

"I cannot have much to complain about now, we are getting results and performing well.

"It was important to go in at half time in front, and I think based on the chances we created, we deserved that.

"We knew we would have to change something in our approach, as we were missing two important players, but the team reacted well and showed they can adapt in these situations.

"The important thing now for us in the coming weeks is to keep momentum going, we have a great run of form going and the players are confident.

"The players can be very proud of the run that we are on right now."

Victory kept the home side second in the table, two points behind leaders West Brom, while Huddersfield slipped one place to 19th.

The hosts were in confident mood right from kick off and Stockley handed them a deserved lead after just four minutes at Deepdale.

Browne doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break. The Republic of Ireland international kept his composure to fire home Tom Barkuizen's cross from a tight angle.

They only had to wait five minutes into the second half to put the game to bed as Gallagher confidently fired home from the penalty spot, following a handball by Terence Kongolo.

Bacuna showed real power to burst through two Preston tackles in midfield, and with the hosts' defence backing off, he powered an effort home from the edge of the box on 74 minutes.

Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley said: "Of course a result like this is difficult to take, but I simply do not think we started well enough today, and that hampered us.

"We do have to praise Preston, they worked hard right from the start and we struggled to cope with them in the first half.

"They played with a real intensity and we found it hard to cope with that.

"We do not look for excuses in these situations as we cannot control things like the referee or decisions that may or may not go our way.

"I spoke to the referee at the end and there could have been decisions that went differently for us, but sometimes that is the way it goes.

"We have to look at ourselves now and look ahead to the next few games we have coming up.

"The travelling fans were fantastic today, but we let ourselves down with the performance. We came up short and we need to look at that together as a club."

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank: 'We kept Wigan very quiet'

Brentford boss Thomas Frank could not hide his satisfaction after watching his side dismantle Wigan 3-0 to move within touching distance of the Championship play-offs.

Bryan Mbeumo's opening goal inside five minutes was followed by two more in the final 20 minutes by Kamo Mokotjo and Josh Dasilva to round off a comprehensive away win.

Wigan played the last 17 minutes with 10 men after centre-back Cedric Kipre was given a second yellow card for tripping Ollie Watkins in full flight.

And Brentford's Julian Jeanvier also saw red in stoppage time for his part in a melee which followed Wigan striker Joe Gelhardt being poleaxed, and eventually carried off on a stretcher.

"It was another strong away performance from us, and it's very pleasing to be sat here reflecting on a 3-0 victory," said Frank.

"And it was against a very difficult opponent in Wigan. Wigan are a very difficult team to play against, especially here at home, and we controlled the game very well.

"We didn't give them a single chance throughout the game, and scored some very good goals of our own.

"We came here with a strong attitude – in that we respected our opponents, but at the same time we played with confidence.

"We put a lot of hard work into pressing forward in every single situation, and that high pressure was key in the performance.

"We also know Wigan are one of the best teams in the division for offensive set-pieces, and we kept them very quiet in that area."

Brentford have now scored three goals in four of their last five matches.

"It's very important we're scoring many goals as well as winning games," the Brentford boss added.

"And of course we've managed to win 3-0 without our top scorer, Ollie Watkins, getting on the scoresheet.

"That's four wins in five now, and that's very pleasing."

Wigan have gone four games without a win and are just two points above the relegation zone .

Latics boss Paul Cook said: "I don't want to speak a lot about that, but it's probably as tough an afternoon as I've had since I came to the club as manager.

"The day just progressively got worse as it went on, and in the end you just couldn't wait for the final whistle.

"That's about as fair an assessment as I can give."

Cook was at least able to give a positive update on England Under-18s striker Gelhardt, after his late withdrawal.

"We think he's OK, he's gone to hospital with his mum," Cook added.

"He was speaking in the ambulance, so fingers crossed that works out well.

"Obviously it was a very heavy knock the kid took, and it just capped a very, very disappointing day for us."

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