Swansea City avoided a first-round Carabao Cup upset as they fought back to beat League Two Northampton Town.

Despite being 60 league places below the Swans, the visitors took a deserved lead with Matt Warburton’s low finish.

That sparked Swansea into life as Andre Ayew headed them level in the 80th minute with his first goal for the club since May 2016.

George Byers’ strike from the edge of the area put them ahead three minutes later before Ayew nodded in his second.

Swansea’s late surge brought relief to the Liberty Stadium crowd, who had been getting twitchy after watching their side – showing 11 changes from Saturday’s Championship draw at Derby – struggle against a Northampton team with seven changes from their draw with Port Vale.

The final 10 minutes offered encouragement for Swans head coach Steve Cooper, with a lively debut from substitute forward Jordon Garrick and a promising cameo from Ayew.

As one of the club’s highest earners, the former West Ham United and Marseille player had been expected to leave this summer.

But, with no clubs showing an interest at the moment, the 29-year-old Ghana forward has been welcomed back into the Swansea fold and he could yet prove to be a valuable asset in the Championship.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 26Naughton
  • 44Cabango
  • 20Wilmot
  • 3John
  • 21DhandaSubstituted forDe Boerat 90′minutes
  • 28Byers
  • 15Routledge
  • 7McKaySubstituted forGarrickat 72′minutes
  • 11PetersonSubstituted forA Ayewat 62′minutes
  • 19Surridge

Substitutes

  • 22A Ayew
  • 25Mulder
  • 30Rushesha
  • 32Cullen
  • 36Cooper
  • 41Garrick
  • 49De Boer

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 15Williams
  • 6Turnbull
  • 16Wharton
  • 39BunneyBooked at 76mins
  • 17McWilliams
  • 8Watson
  • 20WarburtonSubstituted forRobertsat 78′minutes
  • 29WatersSubstituted forLinesat 65′minutes
  • 7Hoskins
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forSmithat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Smith
  • 12Pollock
  • 14Lines
  • 19Oliver
  • 22Roberts
  • 30Morias
  • 38Lashley
Referee:
Kevin Johnson

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home22
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 3, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Northampton Town 1.

Sam Surridge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Kees De Boer replaces Yan Dhanda.

George Byers (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harry Smith (Northampton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 3, Northampton Town 1. André Ayew (Swansea City) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Wilmot with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Shaun McWilliams.

Ben Wilmot (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Smith (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Chris Lines (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Morgan Roberts with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Northampton Town 1. George Byers (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

Attempt missed. Ben Wilmot (Swansea City) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Declan John with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Garrick.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Northampton Town 1. André Ayew (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt blocked. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Byers.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Shaun McWilliams.

André Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harry Smith (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Morgan Roberts replaces Matthew Warburton.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Chris Lines.

Attempt blocked. George Byers (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

Booking

Joe Bunney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Garrick (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bunney (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Declan John (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Byers.

Attempt saved. Sam Surridge (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jordan Garrick (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Surridge with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Warburton (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Smith with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jordan Garrick replaces Barrie McKay.

Attempt missed. Ben Wilmot (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Barrie McKay with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Chris Lines.

Attempt blocked. Barrie McKay (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Byers.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Harry Smith replaces Andy Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Lines replaces Billy Waters.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. André Ayew replaces Kristoffer Peterson.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 0, Northampton Town 1. Matthew Warburton (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Williams.

Attempt saved. Ben Wilmot (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barrie McKay with a cross.