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Blackpool 1 - Swansea 0

Bloomfield Road

15/4/06

Attendance: 6,709

Swans Lost At Sea

Swansea's chances of promotion were dealt with yet another blow after a 3rd consecutive away defeat.

Our chances of automatic promotion are shrinking fast each week and we've been calling for the team to do their talking on the pitch. It's frustrating to read the players saying that we can still do it but there's been no evidence of this on the pitch - and that's the only place they can define which league they are in next season.

Jackett made three changes, bringing Fallon in alongside Trundle for Akinfenwa. Forbes replaced the injured Leon Britton and Williams came in for Lowe, who was recalled by Wolves after his loan spell came to an end.

The Seasiders got 3 vital points as they battle against relegation, but hopefully we can do the reverse of that tomorrow as we play against another side at the bottom - Rotherham United.

1,700 or more Swans fans made the trip North to Bloomfield as they contributed well to a good atmosphere.

Blackpool said prior to the game that they needed to deal with our main threat Lee Trundle, who went close within the first 2 minutes.

Keeper Lee Jones was nearly caught out but he tipped over Trundle's volley from just outside the penalty area.

Our top scorer nearly handed us a big blow but luckily he was only given a yellow card for an off-the-ball challenge on Peter Clarke.

Clarke then went close but his glancing header went harmlessly wide as the idle Gueret looked on with a sigh of relief.

Blackpool then had a free-kick inside the penalty as the referee decided that Gueret picked up a back pass, a sliced kick from Garry Monk. Joseph headed wide from the set piece.

Swansea have been punished before for lack of finishing when dominating possession and it was the same case yesterday. Just before the hour mark, the hosts took the lead with the counter attack. Donnelly received the ball from a long pass from Joseph, he then found Parker unmarked and he slot the ball home from 12 yards.

Swansea resorted to route one football to targetman Rory Fallon, despite Jackett's quotes in today's News of The World saying they have to play open attacking football, NOT route one football which doesn't suit a club ''of Swansea's size.'' That article today was entitled ''We'll be the pass masters.'' That's one thing (as well as others) that we've been poor of since the turn of the year.

Blackpool could have extended their lead towards the end putting the game beyond doubt while Trundle nearly got the equaliser at the other end. His shot hit the inside of the post but fell into the harms of the Blackpool keeper.

Our away form is costing us this season and that's putting extra pressure on us at home. We play Rotherham at home tomorrow and hopefully fitness levels won't be too low as we play 2 games in 3 days.

Match Stats here

Kenny Jackett:

"On the balance of play we didn't deserve to lose, but defensively we were playing with a suicidal high line,"

"We offered them the chance to play the ball over the top for the runner and that was our undoing with the goal.

"You can't do that at this level. We must show out opponents more respect. But it was a harsh loss, definitely."




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Date:Sunday April 16 2006

Time: 1:50PM

Your Comments

this is a huge blow for the swans with results more or less going the swans way it would have been a match that the swans would have made inroads up the table
sbrjack
i agree we should of won this game and we would of been right behind brentford.
mattyjones
I think you have overachieved this season. One man does not make a team.
guinless
c'mon cityy !!! we nned to win our next few games !!
swanzea_gal
 

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