Super Scotland Brace Rescues Point
9th December 2008
A late show from Jason Scotland saw the Swans avoid a second successive home defeat as his 94th minute strike gave us a 2-2 draw against Barnsley at the Liberty Stadium.
After a goalless first half, and one of the poorest performance you'll have seen from the Swans this season, Barnsley took the lead just 4 minutes after the restart. They then doubled their lead 7 minutes later and Martinez's side looked to have a mountain to climb if they wanted to gain anything from this match.
Roberto Martinez was forced into making a couple of changes again to his side following more injuries and suspensions. Darren Pratley served his one match ban but Leon Britton was back from his to replace him in midfield. The other change saw Aston Villa loanee Stephen O'Halloran make his League debut, replacing the injured Fede Bessone.
The Swans had their best chance of the whole game early on following a Butler corner from the left. The ball came to Mark Gower who made a good pass through to Tudur-Jones, but the Welshman struck over from just 6 yards.
At the other end of the pitch, Dorus De Vries was forced into making a couple of good saves to keep the scores level. The first was from a Mostto shot and the second saw him tip away Colace's effort from a free kick.
We struggled to get our passing game together and it was first half for the 11,000 home fans to watch. The visitors were playing the better football but luckily the scoreline was unchanged at the break.
The second half continued much like the first ended. Barnsley on top and their momentum saw them break the deadlock after 49 minutes. Campbell-Ryce picked up the ball outside the area and sprinted into space, he made his way into the box before striking low at goal with his left foot. De Vries could only parry, and the ball fell perfectly for Macken who simply scored into an empty net at close range.
7 minutes later, and the visitors doubled their lead. It was a needless goal to concede as Williams handled in the area as he attempted to clear a cross from the right. There were no appeals as he clearly handballed. I don't think many in the Stadium had huge confidence in de Vries to keep the scores the same. He's yet to save a penalty for the Swans and that was no different tonight, diving the wrong way as Campbell-Ryce converted with ease.
With our performance so far, the match looked likely to be over at this stage but Martinez has done brilliantly to install some excellent belief within his team. They didn't give up and struck back minutes later to cut their lead back down to 1-goal.
After receiving the ball from Britton, Scotland did well to turn and get away from his marker and then unleashed a superb left footed shot past the keeper.
The goal gave that boost in confidence we needed to get a second, and finally it saw the Swans go up a few gears.
Joe Allen came on mid-way through the half and his contribution was proven at the end of the game as he was awarded man of the match.
The teenager was highly involved in our attacks held tonight until the very end. With 4 minutes of injury time played, Scotland struck again from outside the area to give us a valuable point.
The performance was far from pleasing but yet again Martinez's side have shown that 'never give up' attitude, and despite playing poorly have had the ability to come back from a 2-goal deficit.