Swansea City 0-1 N Forest
12th December 2009
Swansea City suffered their first home defeat since August 15th as Billy Davies' side continued their impressive unbeaten away record as they won 1-0 courtesy of McGoldrick's first half strike.
It was 3rd against 4th in the Championship and we were expecting one of the toughest tests of the season at the Liberty Stadium and it proved to be just that. Forest had a balance between defence and attack just right, defending in numbers and counter-attacking with pace and precision.
Paulo Sousa made changes in the midweek game at home to Plymouth, and the players rested for that game were brought back in today. Andrea Orlandi and Cedric van Der Gun were back in midfield and we were also boosted by the return of striker Craig Beattie.
Swansea City started the match off well, dominating possession but doing very little with it going forward. Plenty of pointless passing in our own half but no real threat on the opposition's goal.
Nottingham Forest didn't see much of the ball but they were finding it much easier and quicker to get into good attacking positions.
Our first real chance was down the left flank after good work from Andrea Orlandi to provide Dutchman Van Der Gun with an early opportunity. Orlandi turned and found Gun, he beat a man before deciding to shoot from an acute angle, but he curled a powerful shot just wide of the target.
Nottingham Forest then had a decent chance to take the lead but Dorus De Vries made a decent save from a corner. Kelvin Wilson headed towards goal but the Dutch keeper had to make a rather acrobatic save to keep the ball out.
Ashley Williams then had by far our best chance of the first half. Orlandi's corner was deflected back to him, and his return cross was deflected onto the bar and towards the Welsh International at the far post, with the goalkeeper out of position, an open goal awaited but the defender couldn't get over the high ball enough and he sent his effort over the bar.
The Swans continued to dominate possession but they struggled to test the visiting goalkeeper until the half hour mark. Nathan Dyer, who was our best player up until now, had a one-two with Orlandi before firing a shot at goal which was only parried by Lee Camp. Then, Van Der Gun had another chance after linking up with Beattie but he was also denied by the keeper.
Swansea City were then punished for their lack of finishing quality as the visitors took the lead. For all our early possession we could only create half chances on goal but Nottingham Forest took their opportunity when it arrived to them in the penalty box. Our defence simply stood still, and watched as a cross came out to Wes Morgan. He had time and at least 2-3 yards of space to control it twice, and looped the ball into the box. It was only cleared to the feet of McGoldrick and with his back to goal, he turned and fired a shot towards the far post and into the net thanks to a deflection off Ashley Williams.
Sousa's side needed to come out in the second half with a bit more urgency going forward and a better final ball because we were often making the wrong decisions in the final phase of our attack.
We continued to have our fair share of possession but Nottingham Forest defended well in numbers and continued to make it difficult for us to create clear cut chances in front of goal.
The Swansea boss then made changes as he brought off the poor and anonymous Craig Beattie for Lee Trundle, as we all hoped that the scouser could again inspire us to a second half comeback. He didn't, but he's not the same player when he's up front on his own. The only way back into the game really was if we had changed to a 4-4-2 formation early on.
David Cotterill also came on to replace Cedric Van Der Gun.
Pintado then came on for the final 15 minutes in place of Leon Britton but we still didn't look like netting that vital equaliser.
Lee Trundle was able to create room at the corner of the penalty box to get a shot at goal but his curling effort flew just wide. He then created another chance down the left as he beat a few defenders, did everything right up until the moment he shot at goal, blazing his effort wide and over inside the box.
It was a frustrating and disappointing performance to watch for Swansea City fans because we're superb at maintaining possession, but we look completely toothless going forward and we're crying out now for a quality striker in the January transfer window. Craig Beattie struggled from start to finish and Lee Trundle had some good moments but his finishing let him down.
The game had draw written all over it really, and we really should have picked up a decent point against a strong Forest side but we let ourselves down by poor defending for their goal.
We only slip down to 6th but out difficulty in scoring goals needs to be sorted in January.