Brendan Rodgers said he was very proud with his side after they came back from 3-1 down to beat Middlesbrough 4-3 at the Riverside.
Swansea City looked like they were heading for another defeat after last week’s disappointment against Cardiff City, but they gave their promotion chase a boost thanks to goals from Nathan Dyer, Scott Sinclair, Ashley Williams and Craig Beattie.
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Marvin Emnes opened the scoring early on, getting the better of Alan Tate inside the box as he turned and fired in a low left-footed drive past De Vries.
The lead didn’t last long though, as a stunning quick passing move got the Swans level again. Nathan dyer started and ended the move as he netted a rare goal.
We couldn’t stay on level terms before half time though as yet again our defence showed their inability to defend set pieces, as Grounds headed home to give Mowbray’s side a 2-1 lead at the break.
Crosses were a problem again for the Swans in the second half as Leroy Lita – not the tallest of strikers – headed in to double the home side’s advantage.
At this stage of the game, Middlesbrough looked like they were heading for a comfortable victory, but Brendan Rodgers made some much needed changes to the team which helped our amazing and quite unbelievable comeback win.
Joe Allen made an instant impact when he came on to replace Leon Britton, as he was brought down inside the box to win a penalty after a one-two with Dobbie – Scott Sinclair again showed confidence from the spot as he fired the ball into the bottom corner to put us back in the game.
Ashley Williams then got his first goal of the season to put the scores level before celebrating with full of enthusiasm and delight with his team-mates, but that wasn’t all as Craig Beattie scored a superb winner in the 94th minute.
Stephen Dobbie cut inside and found Beattie, he intended to pass it back through to the Scot, but the ball came off a defender and fell nicely for him to fire the ball with his left foot from 20 yards.
The Swans haven’t showed great quality in away games recently and at 3-1 it was looking like another disappointing defeat – one that would have dented our promotion hopes. Instead, the Swans showed great spirit as they didn’t even settle for a draw after coming back from 3-1.
After the game, Rodgers said about the comeback win:
‘It was fantastic,’
‘It showed real character and real mental toughness.
‘At times this season we have played some fantastic football and we know we have the ability to create goals and score goals.
‘But sometimes winning games comes down to character and how you react to setbacks and we showed that we can react in a very positive manner today and hopefully we will continue to show it in the months to come.
‘When you are 3-1 down it asks you some big questions and we came up with the answers today.
‘The supporters can be very proud of the team. I know I am.’