Date: 11th August 2009 at 9:57pm
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Paulo Sousa got the response he wanted following Saturday’s defeat at Leicester City after watching his side comfortably beat Brighton 3-0 in the Carling Cup at the Liberty Stadium.

Captain Garry Monk headed home to give us an early lead after 17 minutes – the time it took us to score on Saturday, but this time we doubled our lead in the second half as Stephen Dobbie had the easy opportunity to tap the ball in from close range.

Dobbie then made it 3-0 in injury time after good build up play from Rangel and Bauza.

Paulo Sousa made five changes from Saturday’s team. Dorus De Vries was still in between the sticks as David Cornell was on Wales under-21s duty. Matty Collins replaced Rangel and Bessone came in for Williams who was out in Montenegro with Toshack’s Welsh squad.

In midfield, Orlandi got the opportunity to impress in an attacking central role while MacDonald captain the Welsh under-21 side. Wingers Mark Gower and Nathan Dyer kept their places on the wings and Jordi Lopez started alongside Leon Britton.

Up front, Stephen Dobbie replaced Gorka Pintado.

The Swans made a good start to the match and dominated possession early on. We got an early after 17 minutes when Orlandi went on a run through the middle. He won a free-kick which he took. Tate headered the cross onto the woodwork but it fell nicely to Monk who had the easy task of heading into the net from close range.

We continued to dominate in front of 6,400 fans at the Liberty Stadium but the Seagulls nearly got themselves back in the game before the break, but Tommy Elphick headered just wide.

At the other end, Mark Gower should have continued his fine pre-season goalscoring form when Nathan Dyer provided him with a simple chance at the far post from a yard out. Dyer went on a bursting run down the right, he chipped his cross over the oncoming keeper to Gower, but his left footed shot came back off his other foot and he missed an excellent opportunity to double our advantage.

We were dictating the play but we needed that second goal to make things more comfortable. It came on the hour mark as Stephen Dobbie got his first goal of the season. The striker headed goalward, it was blocked by a defender, and with the keeper diving for the ball as well, Dobbie followed up to slot the ball into an empty net.

He got his second in injury time with an excellent lob over the keeper, although he admits he didn’t mean it. It was good buld up play from substitutes Angel Rangel and Guillem Bauza. Bauza sent in a low cross to the unmarked Dobbie, he attempted another square pass but the only lopped the on rushing keeper, and he followed it up to tap the ball into an empty net once more.

It was excellent to get back to winning ways after Saturday’s disappointment at Leicester City and it’ll give the team some confidence for this weekend’s home League match against Middlesbrough.

It was also good to see good performances from Andrea Orlandi and left back Fede Bessone.

 

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