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Match Reactions: Swansea 2 Crewe 1

Roberto Martinez was delighted with his side's 'fantastic' performance tonight as they beat Crewe 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea completely dominated from start to finish, and really should have scored a lot more goals.

Tom Butler put us in front after 14 minutes but it took us over an hour to get our second and put the game to bed. Substitute Paul Anderson raced onto Pratley's through ball to slot the ball home.

Crewe got a goal back in injury time as we failed to clear our lines, but was too little too late as we held on to increase our gap at the top to 8 points.

Roberto Martinez said after the game:

'We've been playing some fantastic football and sometimes I think we take it for granted,''

'But to create 24 chances and 17 corners against a good side like Crewe - a record number of corners for us at home - says it all.

'It was a very pleasing performance, especially in the second-half. What you've got to remember as well is that the boys have had a very demanding schedule, playing Wednesday, Saturday and now Tuesday.

'It was important we got that first goal to calm us down a bit and let us be ourselves. It was a great finish from Tom and a fantastic finish from Ando for the second after a great move.

'I'm not going to be too critical about the goal we conceded at the death. The boys know they switched off, but it's another little lesson they've learnt.''


Crewe boss Steve Holland praised the home side and said the Swans have set the standard in this division:

'I thought Swansea were excellent all evening and we were stretched all over the pitch. They created a lot of chances and we were outplayed for long periods.

'I was pleased with the way our players stuck to their task and managed to remain in the game for as long as we did.

'Their three midfielders were too strong and athletic for us and that made it difficult for us. That is why we had to match them with a 4-3 -3 formation because we couldn't cope with three against three, never mind 3 against 2.

'Swansea have set the standard and that is the level we will have to try and match if we want to be any where near the top of this league. We have a lot of work to do to be close to their quality all over the pitch.

'We rode our luck at times but we were still in the game. Then right at the death if Nicky had been able to control that ball then we could have even snatched a draw. It would have been absolute daylight robbery and we wouldn''t have deserved it but that is what can happen if you can remain in touch in a game.

'I don't think we have met too many teams better than Swansea this season and I was full of admiration for the way they played.'


The Swans now face tough trips to Doncaster and Nottingham Forest as they hope to maintain their lead at the top.

Click here for our Match Report for the game against Crewe

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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 22 2008

Time: 11:50PM

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Hopefully we can remain in top form while we play the next few games.
barrydoom
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Most honest (and accurate) comments from an opposing manager. We did miss that cutting edge up front last night after bossing the midfield.
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