Dobbie Winner Puts Swansea City 2nd
22nd February 2011
Attendance: 13,481 (Away - 1,095)
Stephen Dobbie gave Swansea City's promotion push a massive boost this evening after coming off the bench to score an unbelievable late winner in a tough game away at Coventry City.
Brendan Rodgers' side started well and had some good spells of possession within the first 15 minutes or so, but after that, Coventry went on to create most of the chances as they piled on the pressure. De Vries had a number of good saves to make, while centre backs Ashley Williams and Alan Tate needed to work particularly hard to keep the scores level.
It was a steal, a snatch and grab from the Swans to jump us into the automatic promotion places as we couldn't get a shot on goal until Stephen Dobbie and Luke Moore were introduced.
The Swansea City manager made three more changes to his starting line-up, dropping Luke Moore for the first time since he joined, favouring Craig Beattie for the lone striker role.
Darren Pratley and Leon Britton returned to midfield in place of Stephen Dobbie and Joe Allen.
Coventry City will be livid to lose the game. They'd even be disappointed if they drew as they created by far the most clear opportunities in front of goal.
The big talking point from their perspective was the referee missing what appeared to be a clear penalty. Dorus De Vries failed to deal with a cross, and it looked like the goalkeeper pulled a player down, denying a clear chance to score. Fortunately for us though, the officials haven't spotted it and allowed play to continue.
It was amazing how much tonight's game turned around instantly - straight after Rodgers made inspired changes with Dobbie and Moore giving us some much needed attacking options as Craig Beattie and Darren Pratley made way.
As soon as the attacking duo came on, we had a shot cleared off the line (Dobbie) and Luke Moore couldn't score from the rebound, instead his effort bounces off the ground and hits the woodwork. Moore really should have netted his second goal in 4 days.
4 minutes after his arrival onto the field, Stephen Dobbie has shown his goalscoring and finishing quality to find the net with an excellent individual strike.
It sent an impressive 1,095 away support into raptures as the goal put us into the lead and up to 2nd place.
We now had to hold on and we were in for a nervous, but exciting ending to the game.
Some good defensive work, together with Luke Moore helping us to maintain possession and win a few corners limited the amount of chances Coventry could create in the final 14 minutes, plus another 4 nervous injury time minutes.
Good work from Neil Taylor right at the end gave us a goal kick, and the referee blew his whistle, much to the amazing delight of the players, management staff and of course the 1,095 true Jack supporters who made the midweek trip to the Ricoh Arena.
It was by far not our best performance of the campaign, but I'm sure Rodgers or one of the players will say that that's proof of a good side - winning games when playing poorly.
Norwich City, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United all drew in home games that were definitely winnable as they looked to keep their momentum going too at the top of the table. QPR beat Ipswich 2-0 to go 5 points clear in first place, while Cardiff also won 2-0, against Leicester which puts our rivals into 3rd, a point behind ourselves.
Three wins in three games gives the squad massive confidence ahead of Saturday's tough home game against Leeds United - they're in 6th after a 3-3 draw at home to Barnsley.