Swansea City recovered from last week’s blip at Southampton with another stunning home win, this time against Ipswich as goals from Jason Scotland and Jordi Gomez gave us a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Just like against Preston last week, the Swans soared into an early lead as Scotland converted Serran’s cross. He added a second in the second half to claim his 16th goal of the season before Gomez struck a magnificent effort from a 25 yard free-kick.
Roberto Martinez made a couple of changes from last weekend. Angel Rangel served a one-match ban so Albert Serran was given his League debut at right back. Nathan Dyer was back on the right wing after missing the game against his current club.
Rather surprisingly, who we thought were Ipswich’s two main threats, Pablo Counago and Jon Stead were both on the bench. They were dropped in favour of Alan Quinn and Kevin Lisbie.
It was the perfect debut for Serran, who despite playing only a handful of games this season, looked assured and composed at the back. His run down the right, beating 3 players, saw us take an early lead as his cross was met by Scotland who you can always count on to finish from inside the box. He struck a first time shot into the roof of the net to score his 11th goal in as many games, and 16 now for the season.
We kept up the momentum to try and boost our advantage while at the other end, the Tractor Boys managed to get the ball in the net but fortunately for us an offside flag was raised.
Ashley Williams then had a rare shot goal after 19 minutes, his curling left footed shot was saved by goalkeeper Richard Wright.
Nathan Dyer was welcomed back to the site and he was always active and involved, getting forward at every opportunity and causing problems in and around the box.
The Swans were unable to double their lead in the opening 45 minutes but I suppose the main thing was we went in ahead and didn’t concede.
The visitors made a change at the start of the second half as Counago came on to replace Walters.
Martinez’s side continued to press for a second goal as Wright made saves from Gomez while Gower still has no luck in front of the posts as he sent a shot just wide.
We finally got our rewards with 73 minutes played as Scotland grabbed a second. Gomez found Dyer from a corner, whose cross fell to Scotland, and with his back to goal he turned before shooting low into the bottom corner.
Martinez made 2 changes before our third goal arrived. Gower and Allen made way and Pintado and Butler came on.
With 7 minutes remaining, Gomez stepped up to take a free kick, and it was a superb left-footed strike that curled over and around the wall and into the corner of the net. When Jordi is on form he looks like Premiership class, and hopefully, somehow, we’re able to sign him permenantly for next season.
No consolation goal for the visitors this time as we held on to our 14th clean sheet of the season. We look unstoppable at home and let that continue! We’re 7th now and just 2 points adrift of the play-off places. We also have a game in hand over Preston in 6th.
Rate the Players:
“I expected more from us, playing the game on the back of three away wins.
“We were prepared right and we played some decent football at times but we lacked belief again in the last third of the pitch and I don’t know why.
“We have played on the front foot away from home this season but today we lacked quality when it counted and we didn’t test their ‘keeper enough which was very frustrating.
They are in good form and had a real belief going forward and we didn’t have that and that’s very disappointing and hard to take.
“We’ve got to react now and bounce back next week. We have two home games coming up against Blackpool and Forest and we need to really pick up six points. We need to stand up and be counted.”