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Report - Bony Sent Off As Southampton Win 1-0

Swansea City
1 - 0
Southampton

Liberty Stadium

20th September 2014

Attendance: 20,596

Referee:

Wilfried Bony's first half sending off cost Swansea City the chance of maintaining their 100% winning record this afternoon as Southampton finally broke through a stubborn home defence to win 1-0 at a lively Liberty Stadium.

Swansea City took around 10-15 minutes to get into their passing rhythm as they started to control the game against a well-balanced and hard working Southampton side.

Unlike the previous two home games against Burnley and West Brom respectively, the Swans were given very little space to work with but Monk's side were playing some neat, quick inter-changing play and as the half went on, the home side looked more likely to break the deadlock.

Wayne Routledge really should have when the ball was worked through to Routledge as he ran clear into the box, but he volleyed a bouncing ball past the keeper but it struck the corner of the crossbar and out of play.

Both sides forced the goalkeepers into saves from headers but they were both tame efforts but the changing point came just 6 minutes before the break.

Bony had already picked up a booking for a very strong shoulder barge up in the air so you'd think he'd be careful for the rest of the game and not take any risks. But you have to wonder what on earth was going through his mind when, after losing hold of the ball, he's tried to win it back by what can only be described as a scissors tackle from behind. He made contact with the ball as he kicked it away, but there can be no excuses for attempting such a challenge from behind.

From looking like a goal was coming to going a man down, the game was flipped on it's head, as the Saints were given a massive life-line as the Swansea defence were looking very safe yet again on their own soil.

Federico Fernandez made his League home debut as Jordi Amat is out for 6 weeks with knee ligament damage. He needed a bit of time to settle into the game early on but he soon did and looked solid and reliable. Questions were asked about the Argentinian international after coming at Chelsea last week but his confidence grew as the game went on.

There was plenty of opportunity to see how Fernandez would perform in the second half as the Swans pretty much defended for the entire half up until the 80th minute winning goal.

Sigurdsson was out of his depth leading the line in Bony's absence. He struggled to win the long balls from Fabianski and you did wonder whether Gomis would soon come to give us a long-ball option.

Southampton continued to work hard off the ball and it made it such a hard task in trying to create any decent chances on goal.

Montero replaced Dyer on the hour-mark as Monk looked to try and help our cause in getting the ball into the final third. Montero has the ability to go on 20 or 30-plus yard runs down the flank, but again, the Saints were able to double up in these areas.

Instead of Gomis, Emnes was given the nod to come on, but not until the 85th minute. Southampton didn't really look close to scoring as the home defence had excellent shape and maintained it admirably.

Southampton often had extra players in their wide left flank but they rarely used it effectively. Rangel read the game very well, as he has done all season so far and him Dyer, and then Routledge had a good working partnership in dealing with that threat.

Pelle was a big presence up top for Southampton but he very rarely looked like going close to scoring. He was often frustrated that he wasn't getting the service from his team-mates, crosses into the box were easy for the hosts to clear and narrow play in and around the box didn't work either.

That was up until the 80th minute when Wanyama produced that one moment of quality to find the back of the net. The ball was played into him on the edge of the box and he wasn't tracked well enough by Ki, as he allowed him to run through and fire past Fabianski and into the net.

Swansea City had to pick up the pace and push forward, which they did but nothing came from a couple of corners and a free-kick, Shelvey was trying audacious passes now and then that weren't helping and the visitor's points looked to be safe.

The performance was again impressive, both offensively and defensively and it was disappointing to concede the goal after being solid and limiting Southampton to only a few half chances here and there. The Swans also played well against a competitive and well organised Saints side but Bony's decisions in the first half ruined the game. It was a great one to watch up until his stupid decision on 39 minutes to try and win the ball with both feet from behind.

Again, plenty of positives to take into the next game but Bony learned a big lesson - but one he should already know of course, don't go sliding into hard tackles after already picking up a booking.


Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Saturday September 20 2014
Time: 7:48PM

Comments

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Good article, Kevin. Bony let his team down with his stupidity. The first booking could be argued over but once he got that first booking, he had to be careful and he was reckless and this cost us the points. However, what irritates fans players and managers the most is inconsistency from referees. Mr. Moss was certainly NOT consistent with his decisions. Fonte should have received a second yellow card for his wild lashing out at Wayne Routledge in our box in the second half. Irrespective that he did not make contact, this was dangerous play and should have received a yellow card. If he had made contact then it would have been a straight red card. Also shortly after Ward-Prowse tackled Fernandez with the same scissor challenge that got Bony his second yellow, no yellow was given to Ward- Prowse. These sort of deficiencies from referees contribute to bad behaviour from players. The Swans have to be credited from the fact that they did not receive one more yellow card after the sending off. They were very disciplined and defensively excellent. Fernandez and Williams especially need a mention for their organisation. We deserved more but Bony should hang his head and I hope he has apologised to his team mates.
Phil W
21/09/2014 12:17:00
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The referee annoyed me all game, way too inconsistent and seemed to ignore those hard fouls from Southampton while quickly blowing his whistle for us. Bony's first yellow card looked harsh as it was his first, but the second was stupid. He was frustrated and lashed out. Fonte should have gone off for certain but Taylor was also very lucky he didn't get a straight red for a blatant elbow to the face of Long. For me it was an excellent, competitive game to watch, especially as we started to dominate and play some good stuff. The sending off ruined it as a spectacle, not to mention our chances of getting anything. Maybe in hingsight, Monk should have brought Gomis on to give us a long ball option as Siggy was way out of his depth up top. Was shocked it was Emnes to come on and not the Frenchman, but whoever it was, it was far too late. Plenty of positives to take so can't say I'm too disappointed to lose, as it wasn't for a lack of quality. Was pleased with Fernandez, looked way out of his depth and somewhat clueless at Chelsea but stepped up yesterday. Taylor is a weak link though, and is far too slow in everything he does, even something simple like taking a throw in!
KevinE
21/09/2014 18:27:00
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Yes the ref spoiled it certainly. They make a rod for their backs by booking so early after only one foul. Mike Dean did the same today in the Man City-Chelsea game. They need to cool down and use common sense. A lot of people pay a lot of money to be entertained and the ref is a key part of that. I agree with your Taylor assessment, he is by far our worst player so far this season. For the goal he was stranded on the touchline, surely when you are down to 10 men and are defending a lot, he needs to be close to his central defender as a strong unit. I think Fernandez will be a good signing, Argentinians are great defenders and he looks steady and strong. Overall I think it's a good start..we would have snapped this up at the beginning of the season. Two matches to come when we can get some more points. We need to be positive.
Phil W
21/09/2014 19:46:00
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