Swans fans are celebrating tonight as Swansea are through to the LDV Vans Trophy final to be played at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium to face Carlisle.
After a 1-0 win in the first leg at the Liberty Stadium, we needed just a draw tonight to progress to the final.
Kenny Jackett made 4 changes to the side that drew with Walsall on Sunday. Knight replaced Trundle up front while Akinfenwa replaced the cup tied Rory Fallon.
Williams was also cup tied which meant Ricketts started at left back.
Lowe made his debut at centre back alongside Monk allowing Tate to return to his more favoured position at right back.
Kristian O’Leary was back from suspension and he lined up alongside Martinez, replacing Darren Way.
Tate – Monk – Lowe – Ricketts
Britton – Martinez – O’Leary – Robinson
Knight – Akinfenwa
Subs: B Murphy, L Trundle, A Forbes, D Way, S MacDonald.
After a goalless first half, we were hoping to see the game open up a bit and it certainly did that, as all 3 goals in the game we scored with the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Neil Danns scored a controversial goal within a minute of the restart. Ricketts was left lying on the floor after going up for a challenge with Iwelumo. The ref ignored the incident and Danns scored from outside the area, bringing the aggregate score level at 1-1.
6 minutes later though, Leon Britton scored an equaliser and put us ahead again on aggregate, and with the away goal rule, the opposition needed 2 goals to go through.
11 minutes into the second half and the Swans increased their advantage as Leon Knight’s goal meant Colchester now needed 3 goals, anything less and we were going through.10 minutes after scoring, Knight went off for Trundle.
With around 25 minutes remaining, the game was held up for 9 minutes so because of a bad injury to loanee Keith Lowe after a clash of heads with fellow team mate Garry Monk. A bad landing meant he sustained a neck injury and this is worrying news for the youngster but we all hope we’ll hear news tomorrow that he’s OK.
Forbes came on as his replacement, playing at right back with Tate moving into the centre.
Swansea held on to the win for the remainder of the game and recovered well after Sunday’s lacklustre performance. We started with a more balanced side that featured 11 players starting in their preferred positions, and the performance of doing this certainly showed tonight.
This win could certainly boost our confidence ahead of the big home game with Brentford on Friday night and this could well get our season back on track as we compete for a top 2 place in League One.
In League One action tonight, Rotherham did us a favour by beating Oldham 2-0 and Scunthorpe also won 2-0 at home to Hartlepool.
Full match stats here
LDV Final Ticket Prices:
Adult £44, Conc £22, Wheelchair Patron £18, Carer – free of charge
Adult £34, Conc £17, Wheelchair Patron £9 concessions
Adult £26, Conc £13
Adult £18, Conc £9