Full report now online thanks to Lisa Higgins.
On an overcast day at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea were looking to secure the first win of the Season against Doncaster Rovers.
In the previous 2 meetings Rovers won 2-1; and expectations from fans was not high after a woeful 1-0 loss at Oldham. Swansea City went into this game with only 1 point out of a possible 9 and were looking to spur on the season. Swansea were very much bolstered by new mid week signing Dennis Lawrence from league 2 side Wrexham.
The Trinidad and Tobago international was thrust straight into the side after the long term injury of skipper Garry Monk. Kenny Jackett opted for a 4-4-2 formation and this gave the side a much balanced look and feel. The biggest change was at the left side of defence with Lawrence straight in at centre back and Kevin Austin starting at left back.
We started with a high tempo playing the ball neatly around using the Flanks well, however the final ball into Fallon and Trundle were not finding their men. Swansea had numerous free kick opportunities in the first half however these were wasted by ineffective long balls to Fallon, this often seemed predictable and Doncaster seemed well aware of Fallon’s aerial threat.
Swansea Surged forward with good probing runs by Britton and Butler, they did not prove successful. Thomas Butler was ineffective in the first half he did make some good runs but often were broken up before he could unleash a shot on goal or distribute it to Trundle or Fallon. Butler was unlucky not to score on 15 minutes when his shot sailed over the bar.
Doncaster did not show much attacking threat in the first half with Amankwaah, Austin, Izzy and Lawrence stopping Price and Coppinger getting decent shots off.
Austin’s pace has increased and looks like he has gained in confidence in this game, his tackles were timed well and was very strong and guided play to the touchline and stopped crosses from coming into the box. Lawrence was very strong in this half and in fact all game he was often first to the ball clearing his lines. Amankwaah stuck to task this half too, in the previous games his positioning has been questioned but this time he stood his ground.
The Second Half started with Doncaster Rovers pilling on the pressure, they posed a more attacking threat in the first 20 minutes of the half; James Coppinger unleashed a shot that produced a fine single handed save from Gueret which he tipped over the bar.
Swansea City managed to quell the Rovers storm and came back. Kenny Jackett substituted Thomas Butler who looked very ineffective in midfield with Kristian O’Leary and this gave Swansea City a better balance and freed Leon Britton and Kevin McLeod to use their pace down the flanks.
Swansea built on this new pressure with an attacking move that resulted in Kevin McLeod’s shot sailing over the crossbar. This gave Swansea confidence to push on for the opening goal. Amankwaah was proactive in being a link in the Swansea Attacking chain in the later stages of the Second half. This proved to be the difference.
The Swans made 2 additional changes both Tactical, Bayo replaced Fallon who truly wasn’t at the races today and Kevin McLeod was replaced by Tom Williams, fresh from International Duty. In the later stages Swansea City looked the likely side to break the deadlock. However there was no consistent play from either side cancelling each other out with needless long balls or runs that did were broken up before they got into treating positions.
A good lay off header from Bayo released Lee Trundle into the box; he beat Lee and Lockwood for pace and was one on one with Blayney. Lee Trundle was composed and slotted home Swansea’s First of the afternoon in the 83rd Minute. This was met with rapturous applause from the home fans.
Doncaster replied with Jonathon Forte’s shot sailing over the bar. Doncaster looked clearly rattled by the goal and gave away needless possession. Pratley broke up play and this allowed Britton to surge forward in the search of a second goal. Lee Trundle unleashed another shot that was saved by Blayney.
Doncaster suffered an injury scare in the 87th Minute with Bruce Dyer being replaced by Paul Green. Swansea surged forward; Kevin Amankwaah picked up the ball in the Swansea half and made good progress down the left flank drawing a few defenders with him opening up space for a through ball to Lee Trundle. Lee Trundle picked up the ball, beating the offside trap surged into the box and from 8 yards out slotted home low into the right hand corner for Swansea’s second of the game. Within 2 minutes the final whistle was sounded by Mr Bates who had an inconsistent game, not aided by his three assistants.
Amankwaah – Lawrence – Iriekpen – Austin
Butler – Pratley – Britton – McLeod
Fallon – Trundle
Photos to follow shortly.
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