Another Away Defeat For Swansea City
16th April 2011
Swansea City's automatic promotion hopes have taken yet another blow away from home after a 2-1 defeat at Burnley.
Brendan Rodgers' side knew after Tuesday's draw, that today was a must win game against a team who have failed to win in the last 6, but after going ahead early in the second half thanks to Fabio Borini, we let the lead slip just 4 minutes later as Ashley Williams put the ball in his own net.
20 minutes later and another defensive error gave the Clarets a great chance to go ahead as Angel Rangel was guilty of conceding a penalty, and Chris Eagles put the hosts in front from the spot.
The Swans were showing some promising signs in the first half of getting their first away win in 4, as Burnley looked to be there for the taking as they weren't a great threat in front of Swansea's goal.
The first was when Darren Pratley hit the post from 10 yards out, before Scott Sinclair also hit the woodwork with a header on goal. Fabio Borini also went close but he fired just wide, as the Swans were failing to take their chances while on top.
It's happened before in away fans and you feared it would happen again - missed chances while on top and the home team coming out stronger in the second half and cause us problems. At first we proved it would be a different afternoon on our travels, as Fabio Borini scored his 4th Swansea City goal in 5 games to open the scoring. He was put through on goal and he made no mistake to slot the ball through past Jensen to give us a deserved lead after dominating the opening 45 minutes.
However, the Swans suffered similar circumstances to Tuesday night, as like Hull City did then - Burnley also got back on level terms just minutes later - 4 in fact, as Chris Eagles' cross was netted by Ashley Williams.
The Swans have done this far too often in recent away games - making needless and very costly mistakes at the back to cost us valuable points.
Brendan Rodgers then did the same as he did on Tuesday to try and get us back in front - he brought on striker duo Luke Moore and Tamas Priskin who replaced Darren Pratley and Scott Sinclair.
But with 15 minutes left to play, Burnley won a free kick as Angel Rangel was punished for a shove on top scorer Rodriguez when battling for an aerial ball, and Chris Eagles stepped up to fire the ball in past Dorus De Vries.
There were 15 minutes plus another 5 in injury time to get an equaliser and a point from the game but it just didn't come. Burnley went close to making it 3-1 as Alexander, who came on to make his 1,00th career appearance, saw his free kick hit the woodwork.
Another disappointing away defeat for Swansea City that puts us 5 points behind Cardiff City after they beat Portsmouth today. With 4 games remaining, 2nd place is now looking to be beyond our reach but a top 6 finish would be a superb achievement, compared to most of our expectations before the start of the season.
Swansea City: Dorus de Vries, Angel Rangel, Neil Taylor, Ashley Williams, Garry Monk (c), Leon Britton, Mark Gower, Darren Pratley, Scott Sinclair, Nathan Dyer, Fabio Birini.
Subs: Yves Ma-Kalambay, Stephen Dobbie, Alan Tate, Tamas Priskin, Craig Beattie, Andrea Orlandi, Luke Moore.
Burnley: Brian Jensen, Tyrone Mears, Danny Fox, Michael Duff, Andre Bikey, Wade Ellliott, Dean Marney, Jack Cork, Chris Eagles, Jay Rodriguez, Nathan Delfouneso.
Subs: Graham Alexander, Clarke Carlisle, Ross Wallace, Chris Iwelumo, Steven Thompson, Shane Duffy, Lee Grant.