Date:Wednesday August 26 2009
25th August 2009
Swansea City will pay a hefty price for Tuesday night's Carling Cup second round defeat at home to Scunthorpe United after having three players sent off in an incredible match in front of just of 7,000 fans at the Liberty Stadium.
Not only will we receive fines from the FAW, who incidentally are never keen to help us out, but possibly extentions to the bans received by Garry Monk and Angel Rangel (3 matches) and Gorka Pintado (1 match).
Even before the madness towards the end when Pintado and Rangel were shown red cards, the referee's performance along with his officials were a disgrace. The officials were constantly giving the decisions the visitors way, he ignored fouls on the likes of Leon Britton and Nathan Dyer but he was quick to blow the whistle for the slightest knock on any players in blue.
The game ended in a complete farce and should have been abandoned as we only had 6 fit players on the pitch. Stephen Dobbie went off after injuring his ribs, Idrizaj was struggling with an injury and Monk, Pintado and Rangel had been sent off. However, the referee forced us to field Idrizaj, who simply had to stand just inside the touchline to avoid the game being abandoned.
I've never seen anything like it in such a short space of time on a football pitch. The fans were calling for Sousa to bring off his players in a protest towards a shocking display from the referee as cards were handed out like it was Christmas.
Before I continue, we didn't lose because of the referee, I'm not for one moment blaming the referee for tonight's defeat, but you just can't ignore his shocking performance, along with his assistants.
Swansea City weren't up to the standards in the first half. Our passing was poor and we failed to link up our play. We were usually using Rangel and Dyer to attack down the right flank but we weren't really causing too much of a threat on goal.
As expected, Paulo Sousa made a number of changes from Saturday's side and he'll need to make a lot more again on Saturday after losing possibly 5 players this evening.
In goal, David Cornell made his debut while Marcos Painter made a return at left back as Tate moved inside to centre alongside Garry Monk. In midfield, Kerry Morgan was back on the left wing along with Jordi Lopez who's recovered from a dead leg. Chad Bond kept his place while Pintado returned up front.
Date:Wednesday August 26 2009
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