Date:Saturday October 15 2005
White Rock Stadium
It was the first time we haven't seen a goal from the Swans at the New Stadium but it was no surprise as it what was a boring match to watch throughout. It was rare to see a goal opportunity and after half an hour into the first half, you wondered where the goals were going to come from.
Kenny Jackett was unable to shout instructions from the technical area and he served a one match touchline ban but a phone was on hand if he needed to make any tactical decisions.
With Monk picking up a knock in training on Thursday, Ricketts came back in on the left after completing his duty for Wales in the World Cup qualifiers. Goodfellow started on the left, replacing the injured Kevin McLeod. With Akinfenwa back from a suspension, he started up with Trunds and it was good to welcome back his power and strength to the side.
It was clear that we have the side capable of beating teams like Oldham at home based on past performances but today we didn't show any improvement from last weekend, away at Yeovil. The visitors were making more use the ball and were passing it around a lot more easier and we struggled to make an impact on the game.
Akinfenwa went close in the first half and his low drive from around 18 yards was well parried by the keeper for a corner. Prior to that was our first effort after about 10 minutes when Trundle got to the bye line and after a few step-overs, he crossed the ball in, Bean and Britton went for the same ball and it went wide.
As half time approached, we desperately needed to improve things and buck up our ideas and we were hoping on skipper, Roberto Martinez to give us the lead before the break. It certainly wouldn't have been deserved but the Spaniard curled it just wide of the post.
Britton and Tate weren't linking up well on the right and we weren't seeing enough balls going wide for the wingers to deliver crosses. Leon was always too far in the centre and Tate never had support ahead of him. Goodfellow meanwhile didn't do enough to offer real competition with McLeod for the left midfield spot. Freezer was then replaced at the start of the second half for Adrian Forbes who joined Akinfenwa and Trundle in a new 4-3-3 formation.
The lack of atmosphere in the stadium during the game told the story as Oldham's small number of supporters were being heard clearly. As the hour mark approached we needed another change if we were to get a goal and not until 18 minutes later, did Robbo come on for Martinez.
Oldham now seemed content to get a scoreless draw in Swansea and defended the pressure from the hosts but they did have a few chances in the last 15-20 minutes which Austin and Izzy were able to block.
Overall, the performance was truly awful and whereas I couldn't find words to emphasise how good the Bristol City game was, I'm struggling to explain how bad today was! We lacked creativity and there was no imagination in our attacking play whatsoever. There was no signs of our previous impressive play and it didn't look as if we'd score even if we played all week.
We need to show a huge improvement if we want to get anything at Torquay and Rotherham this week.
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Date:Saturday October 15 2005
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