Date: 28th August 2010 at 6:07pm
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Swansea City beat Burnley 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon thanks to a combination of superb attacking football in the first half and battling defending in the second.

Scott Sinclair got the all-important goal after just 8 minutes and from then on Brendan Rodgers’ side dominated for most of the half and showed a superb display of open attacking football.

Brendan Rodgers made just one change from the side that lost 2-0 at Norwich. Albert Serran was replaced by Neil Taylor as Alan Tate moved over to right back.

Burnley kicked off the game and had a decent 5-minute spell in our half, but as soon as we settled into the match we were a constant threat thanks to the quality of wingers Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair in particular.

The goal was controversial, as Alan Tate who provided the low cross from the right, looked to be a few yards offside, but after Cotterill’s miss-kick, Sinclair was there to finish in front of goal and he looked delighted as he raced over in front of the East Stand to celebrate his second goal for Swansea City.

Burnley had a decent spell later on in the first half as they looked to put the scores level again before the break. Patterson went closest, firing a shot aimed at the top corner but De Vries did well to push it behind for a corner. The Clarets won a few set pieces but we were able to clear the threat.

The Swans created enough chances in the opening 45 minutes to gain a comfortable lead but we missed great opportunities. Pratley hit the bar and Dobbie also missed after getting into a great position. For all of our attacking efforts, we were only able to get 1 goal on the score sheet as the players headed off to the dressing room with big cheers from the Swansea faithful – who were thoroughly pleased with the first half showing.

Nathan Dyer caused all sorts of problems for Brian Laws’ side in the first half. His pace and skill was too much for the visitors’ defence while Scott Sinclair impressed yet again on the left wing. Stephen Dobbie worked hard throughout and helped to link the play going forward and Mark Gower looks like a new player in the centre of midfield.

The second half was a different story from the first. Swansea were all-out attacking in the first and created plenty of problems, but Brian Laws’ side came back strong and piled on the pressure.

Darren Pratley had what looked like a good shout for a penalty, but the referee, who was poor from start to finish, saw it differently and booked the midfielder for diving. Not long later he was then shown a second yellow card for a sloppy tackle, and this shifted the momentum to the Clarets.

Burnley had the confidence and the extra advantage to attack constantly, but their chances of a point took a blow thankfully as there was another sending off in the game. Burnley couldn’t get the ball off Dyer and he was badly fouled by Mears who also went off for an early bath.

Despite the numbers being level again, Burnley were still looking the stronger side as they continued to put the pressure on the defence. Despite our more open attacking play though, we remained strong at the back and battled really well to keep a clean sheet against the Clarets. It seemed that it could have been just a matter of time before the equaliser came, but it was a huge relief to hear the referee’s full time whistle after 5 minutes of injury time.

Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side’s “outstanding” performance and if we were more accurate with our finishing we could have put the game out of sight at the break. Thankfully though we weren’t punished for that and held on for what was a superb victory against a strong side.

Swansea City: Dorus de Vries; Alan Tate, Ashley Williams, Garry Monk (C), Neil Taylor; Nathan Dyer (Andrea Orlani, 70′), Mark Gower, Darren Pratley, Scott Sinclair; David Cotterill (Joe Allen, 62′), Stephen Dobbie (Shefki Kuqi, 78′).

Not Used: David Cornell (GK), Jordi Lopez, Albert Serran, Jazz Richards.

Burnley: Brian Jensen, Graham Alexander (C) (Jack Cork, 64′), Danny Fox, Clarke Carlisle, Dean Marney (Chris Eagles, 72′), Chris Iwelumo, Martin Paterson (Steve Thompson, 68′), Wade Elliott, Tyrone Mears, Andre Bikey, Ross Wallace.

Not Used: Lee Grant (GK), David Edgar, Leon Cort, Jay Rodriguez.

Attendance: 15,135 Away: 699