Date: 18th August 2007 at 5:53pm
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Swansea City are still yet to claim a win this season as Roberto Martinez’s side were held to a goalless draw at home to Nottingham Forest.

Despite dominating most of the game and creating far more clear cut chances, we failed to find the net, letting our opposition off the hook. On another day it could have been a rout as the visitors had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping the scores level.

Martinez made just one change to last week’s starting line-up against Oldham. Garry Monk replaced Alan Tate at centre back.

De Vries

Rangel – Monk (c) – Lawrence – Painter

Britton – Bodde – Pratley – Robinson

Duffy – Scotland

A crowd of 17,220 witnessed the first home game of the season with around 970 away fans – a disappointing turn out considering they’re one of the biggest clubs in the League.

Although there were no goals to cheer about, it was far from being a bore draw as the Swans entertained the near sell out crowd with some excellent one-touch passing football. Forest had the better play in the opening 10 minutes or so but once we got going the visitors were chasing shadows for most of the first half.

Jason Scotland and Darryl Duffy both missed glorious chances early to give us a deserved lead. The best move of the game so far set up Scotland but he dragged his shot across goal and wide of the far post.

Duffy also came close but somehow he missed Scotland’s cross when sliding in at the far post. Robinson then forced Smith into making a decent save when he tipped his shot over the bar.

It seemed only a matter of time before we’d take the lead as we were constantly creating chances in the final third of the pitch. Our defence were solid enough keeping Dorus De Vries with very little to do in the first half. Monk came in as captain and performed surprisingly well considering he missed most of last season with a knee injury.

Ferrie Bodde continued to impress the Swans’ faithful and was orchestrating our attacking play. Pratley wasn’t involved half as much as the Dutchman and I’m not yet convinced he’s our best option to partner Bodde in the centre of midfield.

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“Monk was solid today but Bodde is a class above the rest we will struggle to hold onto him”.

Forest were lucky to go in at the break with the scores unchanged as Swansea let them off the hook with some poor finishing. Too many shots were being blasted over the bar whilst Scotland didn’t look composed sometimes when taking a swipe at goal. He was doing most of the work up front however, playing a target man’s role at times while Duffy tried to run on to the loose balls. I think Duffy needs to up his work rate as judging by today he seems the sort of player to not do much in games and just score goals.

Martinez would have been happy with his side’s performance in the first half where he did everything but score. We played some excellent one touch passing football. Rangel particularly impressed and he supports well when we’re attacking. In particular he was picking out players with some accurate long passes along the floor.

Calderwood’s side tried to get into the game more as the second half got under way but the Swans were still looking like scoring. Scotland had another good chance when the ball fell to him inside the box, but his shot brushed the post.

Duffy then should have hit the target but his diving header from a Pratley cross went wide.

Our midfield seemed to break up this half however as we gave Forest easy opportunities to break down the middle. Forest outnumbered us in the final third as we failed to get enough men forward when attacking.

Bodde went close when his header hit the post as the Swans looked like leaving it late if we were going to grab the winning goal.

Forest managed to hang on and although we’re still yet to win the performance was very encouraging and it only looks like a matter of time before we’re in full flow.

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De Vries – 7
Little to do but solid when called upon.

Rangel – 8
Excellent when defending or attacking. Likes to get forward and supported our attacking play well. We need to offer him a long term contract!

Monk – 8
Very surprised to see him perform well. Was poor 2 seasons ago and missed most of last season. Solid throughout but passing was poor.

Lawrence – 6
Started off well, making some important challenges but his clearances and distribution was woeful on times. Was clumsy on a few occasions as well.

Painter – 7
Did nothing in particular that stood out for me. Didn’t make many errors though.

Britton – 7
Did well in the first half with some neat skill, but not his best performance.

Bodde – 9
See Star player.

Pratley – 6
Still not convinced he’s our best option there. Maybe Robinson could come into the centre with Anderson on the wing. He gives away possession too often and doesn’t contribute much in attack.

Robinson – 7
Was a threat in the first half but went out of the game half way through the second.

Scotland – 7
Worked hard and was unlucky not to score. Had various chances and on another day he would have scored 2 or 3.

Duffy – 6
Let Scotland do all the hard work for him. Needs to put more work in I think. Seems happy to just run on to loose balls and get on the end of crosses and so on.