Date:Saturday April 14 2012
14th April 2012
Swansea City eased past Blackburn Rovers at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon to end a four-match losing run.
Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson - his first at home, and Nathan Dyer gave Brendan Rodgers' team a 2-goal lead at the break.
Scott Sinclair wriggled through a a bunch of Blackburn Rovers defenders before getting to the bye-line near the goal. His cross back into the 6-yard area was deflected in off a defender, when it looked like Sigurdsson was going to toe-poke in his second goal of the game.
The Swans were cruising now and it looked like they could score on every attack, as the opposition's defence lacked any sort of shape, structure and plan, as the hosts ran through them almost like they weren't there. With another half an hour to play after the third goal, you wonder how many more they'd get before the full time whistle.
Fortunately for Steve Kean and his already well-beaten side, 3-0 was all it was, but chances in front of Paul Robinson's goal kept coming.
Brendan Rodgers also spoke after the defeat at QPR about his side's poor pressing, and he can have no complaints today as his players constantly put Rovers under pressure, and especially in the second half it wasn't long before the Swans regained possession.
David Dunn came closest to getting the visitors back in the game in the second half, but he curled an effort that bounced back off the post - the effort left Vorm rooted to the spot.
Brendan Rodgers wanted to see his side bounce back and they certainly did that, displaying their superb passing football again which has picked up the plaudits throughout the season.
Manchester City put 6 goals past Norwich City on their own patch, and the Swans could have scored the same amount today, but the most important thing was that they were back to their best, scored 3 good goals and kept a clean sheet for the first time since the 3-0 win at Fulham on March 17th.
Swansea City had obviously re-focused and bounced back today after a disappointing run of defeats - that was clear to see. Confidence was down, if not amongst the players then the fans as our home form dropped - and they wondered whether teams were beginning to 'work out' how to effectively play against our style.
Swansea: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel (Garry Monk, 89), Ashley Williams (capt), Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton (Mark Gower, 68), Joe Allen, Scott Sinclair, Nathan Dyer, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Danny Graham (Leroy Lita, 85)
Subs not used: Gerhard Tremmel, Wayne Routledge, Josh McEachran, Luke Moore
Blackburn: Paul Robinson (capt), Jason Lowe, David Dunn, Steven Nzonzi, Scott Dann, Bradley Orr, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Marcus Olsson, Junior Hoilett (Anthony Modeste, 55), Grant Hanley (Mauro Formica, HT), Yakubu (Anthony Modeste, 55)
Subs not used: Jake Kean, Ruben Rochina, Martin Olsson, Radosav Petrovic
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Date:Saturday April 14 2012
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