Swansea City failed to get back to winning ways after a 2-2 draw away at Millwall this evening.
Jason Scotland put us in front after just 17 minutes, but the hosts replied with 2 goals in 10 minutes to go in front. Anderson scored an equaliser 12 minutes from the end to share the points.
Roberto Martinez made a few changes to the side that drew with Gillingham at home on Friday. He changed from his usual 4-4-2 formation and went with 4-5-1, with Butler playing a more attacking role just behind Jason Scotland.
Austin replaced Painter at left back and Robinson started.
Rangel – Monk – Lawrence – Austin
Anderson – Pratley – Britton – Robinson
It was a tight game to begin with, with neither side causing any problems for the opposition’s defence and goalkeeper.
Pratley had a shot well wide and Hodge for Millwall tried his luck on goal following a defensive error from Monk and Lawrence. We were prone to errors at the back, especially down their right hand side with Lawrence and Austin alongside each other.
Despite his height, Lawrence struggled in the air and made some more poor clearances to gift the ball back to Millwall.
We took the lead after 17 minutes when Paul Anderson’s shot was only parried by the goalkeeper, and Scotland was there for an easy tap in and to extend his goal tally to 8.
Millwall responded instantly and had chances to get a quick equaliser. They really should have just moments after our goal but De Vries makes a superb save to keep us in front.
Martinez then made his first change as Robinson went off, probably injured to be replaced by Kristian O’Leary.
We struggled in the last moments of the opening half and we were looking forward to the referee’s whistle to signal the end of the first 45 minutes.
Hodge somehow missed from point blank range from a corner and he had another effort saved by De Vries.
Our defence were making far too many mistakes and we were happy to go in at the break a goal in front.
6 minutes after the restart, Alexander had a header on goal after beating Lawrence in the air, but it was an easy save for De Vries.
A Minute later, Paul Anderson nearly doubled our lead but his curling shot went just wide.
7 minutes later and the Lions got their equaliser, which was probably deserved having missed a number of golden chances. Whitbread headed home from a corner.
Leon Britton then made way for Darryl Duffy and 2 minutes after his arrival, the hosts went in front after we conceded a penalty. It started from a poor clearance from Dennis Lawrence and Austin handled in the area. Dunne converted the penalty.
10 minutes after going behind and we managed to rescue a point. Scotland crossed the ball for Anderson to convert to keep our unbeaten run going.
It was strange to see Martinez change formation from his regular 4-4-2 line-up. It had worked wonders away and you felt had we gone with that same tactics, we could have got all three points.
We go up one place to 4th, 3 points off leaders Carlisle who drew tonight with a game in hand.