Date: 11th March 2008 at 9:44pm
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Swansea City have now lost 5 points at home in the space of 4 days after drawing 1-1 at home to Tranmere Rovers.

Roberto Martinez’s side failed to build on Alan Tate’s 43rd minute opener as substitute Chris Greenacre scored an equaliser late into injury time.

The Swansea boss made just the one change from Friday’s defeat against Millwall. Dennis Lawrence returned from injury to replace Kristian O’Leary.

The Swans started off well, dominating possession early on. Jason Scotland had a shot blocked within the first few minutes. The top scorer then forced the first good save from Danny Coyne after good link-up play between Butler and Rangel down the right before the striker had a shot at goal.

Scotland then had another good chance moments later but Coyne was there again to save with his legs.

Dorus De Vries was then forced into making his first save of the game. Lawrence was booked for a foul just outside the area, McLaren took the set piece but the Dutchman pulled off a good save to concede a corner. Immediately afterwards, we broke quickly and Butler had the opportunity to have a shot but again Coyne saved.

On the stroke of half time, De Vries made another excellent save to keep out Myrie-Williams’ long-range effort.

The goal finally came though just 2 minutes before half time. Robinson sent in the corner which was flicked on by a Rovers defender, and Tate was there to volley the ball home inside the penalty area.

The Swans now needed to push on in the second period and kill the game off, but unfortunately we didn’t start the second like we ended the first.

We were struggling to maintain possession early on as Tranmere were enjoying most of the play and most of the chances.

We finally managed to get back into the game after a good 10-15 minute spell from the visitors.

Andy Robinson went close with 20 minutes remaining as his free-kick strike hit the side netting.

Martinez made his first change on 73 minutes, bringing off Jason Scotland and replacing him with Guillem Bauza. 9 minutes later, Brandy came on to replace Britton as we switched to 4-4-2.

Swansea weren’t converting their chances and we were punished for this in injury time. Our defence got caught out, McLaren’s cross from the right was converted by Greenacre to deliver the Swans yet another body blow at home.

Swansea City: de Vries, Rangel, Austin, Tate ©, Lawrence, Butler, Pratley, Britton, Bodde, Robinson, Scotland. Subs: MacDonald, Bauza, Way, Brandy, Burgin

Tranmere Rovers: Coyne, Stockdale, McLaren ©, Sherriff, Kay, Mullin, Moore, Ahmed, Chorley, Taylor, Myrie-Williams. Subs: Achterberg, Zola, Greenacre, Jones, Curran.

Ref: J Singh

Asst-refs: B J Malone, L Swabey

4th official: R G Vaughan

Att: 11,039   Away: 90