Date:Friday March 7 2008
The Liberty Stadium
Swansea City's unbeaten 19 game run came to the end at the hands of Kenny Jackett's Millwall.Roberto Martinez was boosted by Jason Scotland's quick return after a dislocated toe threatened to rule him out of the game.
The Lions shocked the Liberty Stadium faithful with only 20 seconds gone as Lewis Grabbam took full advantage of a defensive lapse of communication by Kristian O Leary and Alan Tate to head home low into the bottom left hand corner. Dorus De Vries got down low to attempt a save but could not get his fingertips to the ball.
The 300 or so followers from Ado Den Hagg in full voice saw fellow countryman Ferrie Bodde unleash a swerving 25 yard effort that sailed just wide, the shot had Rhys Evans beaten in the Lions goal. Millwall were unlucky not to go 2-0 ahead after sloppy defending put a rampant Grabbam clean through on Dorus De Vries's goal. Legs outstretched the Dutchman made a crucial save to deny the striker a brace. The Visitors went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The league leaders started the 2nd half with a real desire to get back on terms and did not have to wait for the opportunity. Bodde managed to get into a good shooting position and just inside the Millwall penalty area got a shot off but was well saved by Evans in the Lions goal. Darren Pratley followed the attacking move into the box and was the first to react to the rebound but with a gaping goal infrount of him saw his shot fire well over the bar to the groans of the Liberty Stadium faithful.
Roberto Martinez made his first change of the game bringing on Fabien Brandy on for Kristian O Leary. The Manchester United youngster partnered Jason Scotland with a three man defence. Swansea's quest to get back on level terms suffered a setback after Alan Tate failed to clear a long ball. His defensive lapse gave Jay Simpson the perfect opportunity to put Kenny Jacketts Millwall into a 2-0 lead. Without hesitation Simpson slotted home the ball into the bottom left hand corner from close range as the Liberty fell silent.
Jason Scotland gave the home side hope of a comeback from the penalty spot when Brandy was clattered to the floor by Ali Fuseini. Scotland stepped up and made no mistake to bring the South Wales side back into the game. Millwall hung on in for the win but Swansea still maintain their 11 point gap going into a crucial game against Tranmere Rovers come Tuesday evening.
Swansea: De Vries, Austin, O'Leary (Brandy 64), Tate, Rangel, Bodde, Britton, Pratley (Bauza 85), Robinson, Butler, Scotland.
Subs Not Used: MacDonald, Way, Burgin.
Goals: Scotland 73 pen.
Millwall: Evans, Senda, Frampton, Robinson, Whitbread, Dunne (Bakayogo 85), Grabban, Fuseini, Laird, Alexander, Simpson.
Subs Not Used: Edwards, Smith, Martin, Savage.
Goals: Grabban 1, Simpson 70.
Booked: Frampton, Simpson, Evans.
Ref: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).
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Date:Friday March 7 2008
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