Swansea City ended their run of 8 consecutive draws with an impressive victory away at Burnley in front of the Sky cameras yesterday evening.
Rangel – Williams – Monk – Tate
Gomez – Pratley – Britton – Allen – Gower
It was another excellent performance from Martinez`s side who finally got the points their efforts deserved after a long period of under-achieving.
The Swans have shown no signs of struggle without the inspirational Ferrie Bodde in midfield, as Darren Pratley and Leon Britton in particular were our star performers. Alan Tate also did well at left back and Jason Scotland always seems to shine in front of the Sky cameras.
The visitors got off to a promising start, dominating a good opening spell but our only real chance on goal was a long range effort by Pratley that flew inches past the goalkeeper`s left hand post.
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The Swans were effective in midfield, as Pratley, Britton and Allen worked well together to prevent Burnley from playing their natural game. They did in the first half against Spurs in the cup last week and as a result were a goal up against the Premiership side at half time.
Dorus De Vries was having a quiet afternoon in the Swansea goal, and he was finally called into action after half an hour as the Clarets began to create chances of their own. A dangerous cross came in from the right but no one was able to get a decent touch towards goal.
The Swans then opened the scoring before the break as Jason Scotland was brought down in the area. Our top goalscorer was through on goal but he was tugged back by Duff, helping him to slide in and make a challenge. While he did get the ball, his contact with the player beforehand prevented Scotland from surely putting us in the lead. He stepped up to take the penalty, firing the ball into the top corner sending the keeper diving the wrong way. The referee gave us another boost by giving Duff his marching orders, showing him a red card for denying us a golden opportunity to break the deadlock.
Swansea City went in at the break by far the happiest of the two sides, as Burnley needed to pick themselves up, change their tactics in the hope of getting a point out of the game.
The Swans have struggled against 10 men before, but it wasn`t the case today as we went looking for a second to put the game beyond any doubt. Gomez began to get more involved on the wing, and created chances for himself as well as his team mates. Mark Gower had a good chance to get his first goal for the club but he fired a shot straight at the keeper.
Martinez`s side were again more lively than Burnley in the final third but the hosts had a promising spell for the remaining 20 minutes or so. Our lead looked pretty safe however as our defence wasn`t under too much pressure, but a second goal would have calmed our nerves!
Nathan Dyer then made his debut for the club and replaced Joe Allen with 25 minutes remaining.
Scotland then got a late second for us against the run of play. While 10-man Burnley went looking for an equaliser, we had space going forward and Jason had the simple task of shooting into an empty net after good work down the left from Gower, who pulled the ball back for the striker to net his 11th goal of the season.
While Gower is still feeling the pressure at still not scoring for the Swans since his move from Southend, he can be encouraged by what was a good performance today by the winger, who contributed well to our victory.
Another mention should go to the defence, who have now kept their third consecutive clean sheet, their 7th of the season. They worked well as a unit and limited Burnley to half chances, as the Clarets didn`t get a single shot on target all game.
It was an excellent victory and it was vital that we reminded ourselves what winning feels like, our last win was 2 months ago and hopefully we can start a good run and push for a play-off place – something that`s not beyond our reach this season.
De Vries – 7
Little to do all game.
Rangel – 8
Excellent throughout and did well on the attack.
Monk – 7
Little fault and solid.
Williams – 7
Tate – 7.5
Has adapted brilliantly to filling in at left back and like the rest of the defence, hardly put a foot wrong all game.
Gower – 7
After a few average performances lately, he did well down the wing and despite admitting he’s feeling the pressure at not scoring for us yet, he should be encouraged after contributing well to our win.
Pratley – 8
Britton – 8
Consistent as ever, another typical Britton performance, winning tackles, tracking back and creating our play going forward.
Gomez – 7
Got more involved in the second half, created chances for himself as well as his team mates and showed some nice skill as well.
Allen – 7
Another good performance and doesn’t perform like an 18 year-old. If he continues to improve like he has done he will be a big asset for us in this League in the future.
Scotland – 8
An excellent penalty to give us the lead and was in the right place in the right time to get his second goal late on.