Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Swansea City 0-1 MK Dons

Swansea City
0 - 1
MK Dons

Liberty Stadium

19th February 2008

Attendance: 10,125

Referee:

Swansea City get off to a bad start in their 2-leg Johnstone's Paint Trophy Semi-Final against MK Dons with a 1-0 defeat tonight at the Liberty Stadium.

A healthy crowd of just over 10,000 watched Martinez's side but they were hardly pleased with his team's performance.

Roberto made a number of expected changes but kept within the 6-man rule. The defence remained unchanged but it was in midfield and up front where things were altered.

Key players Pratley and Bodde were missing as Way and O'Leary started in the centre. Anderson also started out wide along with Andy Robinson.

Bauza and Brandy teamed up up front for the first time this season.

Anderson went off inside the first minute as he was rested. MacDonald came on as his replacement, it wasn't a injury thankfully, rather than Martinez keeping within the rule that demands that you start 6 regular first teamers.

Before he went off, he played a through ball onto Brandy, but former goalkeeper Willy Gueret made a great save in the one-on-one situation.

At the other end, Dorus De Vries was forced into a good save from Jemal Johnson.

Brandy had another great opportunity to put us in front but his shot landed on the roof of the net.

The hosts were creating more chances in front of goal but like in previous cup games, they weren't putting away these opportunities.

Gueret was in action again to deny Brandy and Way with some excellent saves. The Frenchman was certainly proving himself tonight.

Early in the second half, about 10 minutes in, Martinez made his second change as Butler replaced Robinson.

Yet again, Gueret denied us a goal, this time he saved Tate's shot from a MacDonald corner.

A few minutes later, Martinez used his final sub, bringing on Duffy for Bauza.

5 minutes after his arrival and the visitors took the lead. MK Dons won a free-kick as Way was adjudged to have handled. The ball was squared to Johnson who fired the ball in from 25 yards.

Tom Butler looked to get us right back in it moments later. He cut inside, got a shot at goal but Gueret pulled off another save.

We struggled to create much in the final 15-20 minutes as MK Dons held on tight to their 1-goal advantage.

It's the League Two leaders who have the upper hand in the second leg as the Swans have it all to do if they want a visit to the new Wembley Stadium.

Swansea City: de Vries, Rangel, Painter, Monk , Tate, Robinson, Way, O'Leary, Anderson, Brandy, Bauza. Subs: Austin, Duffy, MacDonald, Butler, Allen.

MK Dons: Gueret, Lewington, Andrews , Diallo, O'Hanlon, Gallen, Cameron, Dyer, Navarro, Johnson, Swailes.

Ref: A Bates

Asst-refs: J L Cox, P N Gibbs

4th official: K A Friend

Att: 10,125 Away: 576



Click here to rate the players' performances


Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Tuesday February 19 2008
Time: 10:59PM

Comments

0
If we are serious about going to Wembley, then a full first team will have to play in the second leg.
willow
20/02/2008 13:11:00
0
We've been sold short in cup competitions yet again because of Roberto's insistance in playing reserve players. I understand it in early rounds but we should have been looking to get an advantage from our home game. We need one of the performances of the season from our strongest XI to get to wembley now!!
dannymerch
20/02/2008 16:53:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

VitalSwansea
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

What will the result be vs Chelsea?
Suggested By:
Chelsea win20%
Draw18%
Swansea City win62%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Hull City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 5:30PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BrianMannebach3
2.yugo233
3.Phil W3
4.KevinE2
5.GThomas2
6.Dennis Downing2
7.London Pete1
8.deano1
Vital Football Comment