Swansea 0-0 Tranmere
6th October 2006
Tranmere rovers were the first ever side to engage Swansea in a competitive league game at the liberty stadium and tonight were looking to push forth at the top end of the table.
Swansea were coming off a 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forrest on Saturday and were looking to bounce back from what was by reports a good display. However this match was to prove a fruitless one with inept substitutions, poor tactics and lacklustre performances from the majority of the Swansea players. Reinstated in goal was Willy Gueret in for Andy Oakes , Lee trundle was back from injury and Tate moved into the centre of Defense in place for Lawrence on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago.
It was the visitors who had the brighter start with Chris Greenacre taking an advantage of a defensive error from Iriekpen. He surged forward and unleashed a shot that Gueret was equal too parrying the shot. Swansea city, turned into attacking mode with Leon Britton leading the charge down the flank with a good cross into the box; fallon met with a header accurately place into the bottom right hand corner only for Ward in the Tranmere goal to save it at near point blank range.
The Swans continued to pile pressure with Williams and Britton using the flanks well. Leon Britton then was clearly felled in the box much to the protestations of the Swansea players the penalty wasn`t given. Ward took his time with a clearance and was very lucky not to be booked for time wasting. Leon Knight was very unlucky not to score with a header that went just wide. One of the clearest chances of the match came for Rovers when Sheriffs effort hit the woodwork.
Swansea continued to surge forward but did not utilize free kick opportunities and Darren Way was very lucky not to concede a penalty. Swansea dominated up until the half time whistle with Kevin Amankwaah coming forward with purpose. Williams was effective coming forward but still the final end product wasn`t there. In all the entire first half was a half of squandered chances for both sides. The ill discipline of both sides showed this half. Half time score 0-0
Swansea started the half brightly but there was no end product of a Goal. Rory Fallon had a few good chances of putting the Swans ahead both from persistent build up play. Tranmere began to lose their discipline with 4 fouls in quick succession with Shane Sheriff the being to blame for 3 of them. This allowed the Swansea to gain a decent spell of possession, which accounted for 69% of the total during the game. In spite of this dominance in possession Swansea City could not convert it into a goal.
Andy Robinson had the clear-cut chance of the match he took the pass from Darren Pratley his shot sailed over the bar. Robinson had time to bring the ball down and calmly shoot it into an empty net. Andy was certainly off form tonight and his fitness is certainly in question along with a lack luster and inept Izzy Iriekpen. Kenny Jacket decided in a double substitution with Leon Britton coming of for Shaun McDonald and Leon Knight making way for a now fit Lee Trundle. This was to prove a major mistake; Britton was having a good night and causing the Tranmere defense problems.
It was certainly a directionless substitution by Jackett. Shaun Mc Donald surges forward were not penetrative enough often his touches were poor. Lee Trundle did carve out a shot for himself but his shot was wide of the target. After this point the match became a run out with both sides not looking like they were interested in the game.
Full time 0-0
Kenny Jacket is now on borrowed time and must leave the club forthwith not to do so will see us fighting to stay in this league the time has come Mr. Jenkins. Thanks Mr. Jackett the time for a departure is now before it`s too late.
Thanks to sbrjack for the match report.