Swansea City fans were left perplexed over the 1-1 draw against Gillingham. The game was marred by controversy after being denied two penalties by the under fire referee Mr Stuart Attwell.
Mr Attwell adjudged the penalty claims of the Swansea players were unfounded despite Jason Scotland and Leon Britton clearly upended in the Gillingham penalty area.
Gillingham took a shock lead when Delroy Facey capitalised on a poor defensive clearance by central defender Dennis Lawrence. Mid way into the Swansea half the Gillingham midfielder unleashed a 25 yard thunderbolt strike on a acute angle had Dorus De Vries in the Swansea goal well beaten.
Minutes later Swansea’s task of getting back on level terms was dealt a hammer blow; as Striker Warren Feeney was sent off after a dangerous two feet lunge at Gills defender Simon King.
Swansea got a goal back with 11 minutes remaining after Leon Britton offloaded the ball to Darren Pratley in the penalty area. The midfielder whipped in a cross which Paul Anderson completely unmarked latched onto and coolly put past Simon Royce.
Swansea City were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds after Leon Britton was upended in the box. Andy Robinson stepped up to take the penalty but Royce was equal to his effort and the rebound shot.
Despite the disappointing draw Manager Roberto Martinez was beaming at the nature of the result.The Spaniard also kept his cards close to his chest over the performance of the 25 year old referee Stuart Atwell.The
|‘We couldn’t have done anything more,’ Martinez said. ‘I asked the boys at half-time whether they wanted to go back out there and win the game or just accept that it was going to be a bad day at the office.’|
I think their answer was obvious for everyone to see. Their second-half performance made me proud – and it should make everyone else proud as well.’
It was a pleasure to see the character they displayed out there. It would have been easy for them to go out and hide because everything went against us in the first-half, but instead they really went for it with 10 men.’
We may have only come away with a point, but as far as I’m concerned we also came away with the moral victory.’
New Gillingham manager Mark Stimson was delighted at his teams performance.
The Gillingham players had a lot to prove to their new manager.
Stimson Told reporters
|”It was an extremely pleasing draw,” he said. ‘The game was a real rollercoaster. Swansea are a good side, a well organised side who are riding high at the moment in second position.’|
We had to be disciplined in the second-half and I thought we were, which is a great sign.’
I think that when they had their lad sent-off it gave them some added impetus and the crowd got excited and they started to put some real pressure on us.
The penalty was a little dubious, but we got what we deserved when Royce pulled off a fantastic first save and then when the ball bounced back to their player it was a relief to see it drop harmlessly into his hands”