Swansea City picked up their first ever win at Hillsborough thanks to first half double strike from midfielder Darren Pratley.
The former Fulham player said his team-mates needed to be wary of the opposition yesterday as they’d be ‘fired up’ following the recent departure of manager Brian Laws, but he had no problems as he gave us the lead after just 5 minutes, before doubling our lead half an hour later.
Paulo Sousa made more changes to his team, and we were all wondering why Leon Britton was missing from the 18-man squad. There were no news of an injury to the midfielder, but the manager and player have had a disagreement recently regarding Leon’s future at the club. After the game, Sousa said he was fit to play, but decided to leave him out so he could pick ‘more attacking players’.
Craig Beattie was also missing as he picked up an injury so Gorka Pintado had the opportunity to impress in the lone striker role.
Rangel – Williams – Tate – Bessone
Dyer – Pratley – Lopez – Orlandi – Van Der Gun
Paulo Sousa wanted his side to prove a point this weekend that there are goals in this team and it didn’t take them long to do just that. Gorka Pintado did well to create space just inside the opposition’s half to loft a ball over to Darren Pratley, who beat the offside trap and finished well to curl the ball around the keeper and into the bottom right hand corner.
The home side looked to respond after conceding an early goal and they had a good spell of possession but with a lack of confidence and self belief in the Owls team, Swansea City were never under any serious pressure.
Dorus De Vries had to make a few good saves but Darren Pratley doubled our advantage on 36 minutes. Orlandi found Dyer down the left and the winger picked out Pratley with a cross and he finished well from inside the box with a low drive.
The Owls struggled to improve much on their poor first half showing and De Vries was mainly a spectator in the Swansea goal. Sousa’s side really should have added to their lead in the second period, they had good spells of possession and if we had conceded a goal at the other end it could have become a worrying end to the game. Luckily it wasn’t, we remained pretty solid and held on for a comfortable 2-0 win – what we needed after last week’s disappointing defeat at home to Nottingham Forest.