Swansea 1 Bournemouth 2
5th April 2008
Swansea City failed to move closer to sealing promotion to the Championship after conceding 2 goals in injury time to lose 2-1 at home to AFC Bournemouth.
With the sides goalless at the break, Robinson gave us the lead 5 minutes after the restart, heading home Butler`s corner. We looked comfortable for most of the game but the Cherries hit back with a double strike in injury time to shock the 15,000 crowd.
With Doncaster coming back to getting a point away at Huddersfield, a win for the Swans would have meant promotion was virtually won, with Doncaster needing a miracle - to win every game, us to lose every game and them to beat our goal difference.
The Jack Army chanted during the game as news came through that Doncaster conceded an early goal, our unofficial promotion party was ruined however as our defence fell asleep.
Roberto Martinez kept the same side that beat Hartlepool 3-1 last weekend. On loan Manchester United striker Febian Brandy returned to the subs bench after serving a 3-match suspension.
We got off to a pretty slow start, typical of our first half performances of late really. Dominating the possession but struggling to create anything clear cut in front of goal.
We created our first chance early on. Jason Scotland fed a nice through ball to Rangel down the right. He sped through towards goal but his low shot went just wide, he really should have finished and given us an early lead.
Apart from that effort, most of our chances were long range shots on goal with the likes of Robinson and Butler missing the target.
At the other end, Dorus De Vries pretty much had nothing to do in the first half hour or so. He watched on as Darren Anderton`s long free-kick shot deflected wide for a corner kick.
The former England international then forced the Dutchman into his first save of the game, palming away his fierce shot away from danger.
With the first half drawing to a close, again it was a typical Swansea City first half performance, trying to do too much and walking the ball into the net.
We made the best of starts to the second half though, and it was a rare occasion for the fans to watch as we scored directly from a corner. Butler sent the ball in from the right, and Robinson was unmarked to head the ball home.
We needed to push on now to double our lead and increase our advantage but much to the frustration of sections of the crowd, the urgency and pace of our play never really increased.
Martinez made his first change on the hour mark as Duffy made way for Brandy. It was a harsh and needless decision I thought and that was reflected by Darryl`s body language as he walked off to the dressing room.
The former Hull striker worked hard during the game, had a few neat touches and useful passes to create attacking play.
Brandy had an excellent chance to score inside the box. The Bournemouth keeper though made 3 superb saves with a flurry of shots from Butler and Robinson beforehand.
Martinez made more subs during the second half, Britton made way for Tudur-Jones and Scotland was replaced by Bauza. It was harsh on Britton, he worked hard all game, won countless challenges but he did look like he ran himself into the ground, so maybe the change was justified.
Bauza had a great chance to put the game beyond doubt but somehow he missed from close range with a left footed shot.
At the other end, Kuffour went close to netting the equaliser after hitting the crossbar with a long-range effort.
As 90 minutes approached, we thought the game was won and promotion was virtually in the bag, but Kevin Bond`s side ruined the day for us as they scored 2 late goals to shock us all.
Partington headed in Cummings corner before Kuffour converted Pittman`s cross at the far post.
Martinez`s side were simply punished for not increasing their lead, converting chances and assuming the game was won. We let out concentration levels drop and our urgency to score again wasn`t enough.
Bournemouth even went close to scoring a third as four minutes of injury time was nearly over.
Full report, photos and reaction to follow.
Swansea: De Vries, Austin, Tate, Lawrence, Rangel, Britton, Pratley, Robinson, Butler (Tudur-Jones 76), Scotland (Bauza 86), Duffy (Brandy 59). Subs Not Used: Way, Williams.
Goals: Robinson 50.
Bournemouth: Forde, Gowling, Pearce, Bradbury, Cummings, Cooper, Anderton (Partington 87), Kuffour, Gradel, Tessem (Pitman 59), Vokes (Garry 90). Subs Not Used: Pryce, McQuoid.
Goals: Kuffour 90, Partington 90.
Ref: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire).
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