Date:Saturday April 30 2011
30th April 2011
Swansea City ended Millwall's slim hopes of a play off place after beating Kenny Jackett's side 2-0 today at the Den.
Brendan Rodgers' side produced a rare confident display away from home as goals from Darren Pratley and Stephen Dobbie either side of half time gave us a vital 3 points.
The Swans had guaranteed a play-off place following Monday's comfortable 4-1 victory against Ipswich Town so we could have expected a number of changes to the starting line-up, but only Fabio Borini was rested, while Garry Monk was absent with a stomach bug.
Swansea City dominated from the start, but the difference today was that they were able to score whilst on top. In previous away games, the Swans have struggled to get vital goals when dominating.
Stephen Dobbie created the first and scored the second. He picked out Darren Pratley who finished from inside the box. A lead that we fully deserved after creating all the early attacks, whilst Nathan Dyer was a constant threat down the right wing.
The Swans may well have been aware that Millwall, who received some boos from their fans at the break, could come out much stronger and 'all guns blazing' after a poor first half, but Rodgers' side quickly eliminated the threat of a comeback after just 2 minutes, as Dobbie fired a low ball into the net from just inside the penalty area.
Jackett's side struggled to find an answer to cope with Swansea's slick passing style and they missed their big opportunity to challenge for a top 6 place.
Swansea City have struggled to find away form recently and it's been frustrating losing so many games on our travels that have cost us vital points - preventing us from challenging for automatic promotion at this stage of the season. Despite knowing a play-off place was guaranteed, Rodgers has looked for his team to get good form going which will also put us in a better mental state as we look forward to the shootout to decide the final promotion team to the Premier League.
We look good now to finish 4th ahead of Reading as we're 3 points ahead, that would give us the advantage of playing at home in the second leg.
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Date:Saturday April 30 2011
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