Revenge, what revenge? Swansea City put in their best performance of the year as they embarrassed Carlisle with a 5-0 win which took us back into the play-off places.
Rory Fallon (2), Dennis Lawrence, Andy Robinson and Darren Pratley got the goals to provide a hugely entertaining afternoon for the 12,000+ fans at the Liberty Stadium.
It was a must-win game for Jackett’s side after falling out of the play-off zone for the first time since October after last week’s draw away at Blackpool, and with them beating Scunthorpe last night, we could have fallen even further down the league if we’d failed to deliver the goods today.
Thankfully we did, and in superb style as went on a rout and rubbished our opposition’s claims of them getting revenge over us after beating them in the Football League Trophy Final back in May.
Jackett made a few changes to his side, Tate went back into his preferred right-back role replacing Amankwaah, Painter returned from injury at left back and Pratley was back in midfield after serving a one-match ban. Izzy Iriekpen had to be content with a place on the bench as Lawrence and Austin formed the central defensive partnership.
As you’d expect from the scoreline, the Swans started the much better side and dominated the first half. We were playing some excellent flowing play along the floor (at last!), especially down the right hand side as Britton was causing all sorts of problems throughout the 90 minutes.
This good opening play got us goal just 8 minutes in as Lawrence popped up with his 7th of the season. Andy Robinson tried his luck at goal with an overhead kick, the keeper only parried and Lawrence was alert in the 6-yard box to volley the ball home from close range.
Seven minutes later and we doubled the lead. Carlisle’s defence looked a bit like ours a few weeks back as they were giving us plenty of time and space to create chances on goal. Rory Fallon got his second goal of the season as he made an excellent strike at goal from Pratley’s throw-in.
Swansea City were finally showing what we were capable of, and that was good passing football that could easily get us into the top two this season. Andy Robinson scored by far the best goal of the game on 27 minutes to extend our lead further to 3 goals. He ran towards goal, saw no options and decided to have a go from 25 yards; the ball flew into the top corner to send the crowd into raptures. A similar goal to that of McLeod’s in the 7-1 thrashing of Bristol City last season, the keeper really had no chance as it really was a screamer from Robbo.
Robinson then tried his luck with his left foot but the keeper had that one covered, just.
I wouldn’t have blamed if you thought we’d achieve a similar score to the 7-1 last year, but Carlisle weren’t giving up as Kevin Gall had a shot rebound off the bar not long before half time.
Robinson was in superb now and he could have got a second but his header was tipped over the bar by their keeper.
New signing Ian Craney was playing his part in the proceedings, threading through some excellent balls to the strikers.
The second half wasn’t quite an onslaught as the first but we still scored two more goals to cause even more embarrassment on Carlisle’s lacklustre defence.
14 minutes in and we went 4-0 up. Robinson picked out Trundle out wide with a brilliant long range pass, he then squared it to Pratley who made no mistake and put the ball into the bottom left hand corner with a shot inside the box.
Three minutes later and it was 5! Fallon got his second of the game as Trundle again was involved in the build-up. Trundle, this time on the right wing cut inside once more, he found Fallon in the 6-yard area and he fired the ball in from close range.
It was great to see the Swans attacking and looking for more goals even when it was clear that the 3 points were safe. Usually our heads would drop, we thought we were in the comfort zone and then suddenly we found ourselves level, but today we looked as if we wanted to score as many goals as possible and continued to create chances right up until the last minute.
We still had excellent chances to score and we could well have the reached the 7-goal margin we managed to get to last season against Bristol City!
Trundle was still hopeful of getting on the scoresheet late on and adding to Carlisle’s blushes as he attempted to lop the keeper, he just got back in time to save on the line.
Sylvain Meslian was the only change by Jackett as he came on with only a few minutes left to play.
So overall we finally looked like a TEAM, we counter-attacked in numbers with pace and caused all sorts of problems against a really poor defence. We finally put in a performance we were capable of and looked like a side that could compete in the top 2 this season. Hopefully this is a major turning point for us and we continue to make our way up the league!
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Gueret – 7
Was hardly troubled.
Tate – 7
This was game mostly involved our midfield and strikers but when in action he did ok, but one or two dodgy moments.
Lawrence – 8
I’ve criticised him lately but he put in a good performance alongside Austin today, worked together well and kept a cleansheet.
Austin – 8
A good solid performance at the back which Jackett pointed out in his post-match interview.
Painter – 7
Good to see him back, looks like a good player and hopefully his loan can be extended further.
Britton – 8
See star player.
Pratley – 7
Started off well linking well in midfield and formed a good partnership with Craney. Also scored a goal.
Craney – 8
Looks like a good prospect and made some excellent attacking through-balls, solid throughout.
Robinson – 8
Scored a superb goal from 25-30 yards and put in an excellent battling performance, more of the same please Robbo!
Trundle – 7
Should maybe have put a few of his chances away but he was a nuisance for the Carlisle back four.
Fallon – 7
Sometimes seems to go half-hearted when attacking long-balls but he took his goals well.