Darlington 1 Swansea 3
2nd Dec 2006
Swansea City go through to the third round of the FA Cup after beating Darlington 3-1 away this afternoon.
Kenny Jackett made three changes to the side that drew with Bristol City last week as his squad was hit with injuries to Iriekpen and Painter while Akinfenwa and Fallon were suffering from a mysterious bug.
New signing Meslien made his debut after signing this week and replaced Painter at left back. MacDonald and Butler were also handed starts and replaced Fallon and Amankwaah who was dropped to the bench.
We made the worst possible start as Penney's side took the lead after just 2 minutes. Pratley made a poor pass as Darlington intercepted and counter-attacked. We won back possession in our own half but as the ball was played back to Lawrence, he passed it straight to Darlo player. He was fouled but advantage was played as Martin Smith ran through to score.
Ten minutes later and Jackett made an early change. Akinfenwa replaced Butler and changed from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 formation.
It instantly paid off as a minute later and we were level. Lee Trundle made an excellent run down the right before cutting inside on his left foot, picking out Leon Britton at the far post. He had all the time in the world to easily score from close range.
Jackett made another change after 32 minutes. Bringing off debutant Meslian for Amankwaah.
Shaun MacDonald then went close to putting us into the lead. A good bit of skill got him away from his marker and his powerful drive was well saved by the keeper.
Gueret was called into action a few times and made some good saves thanks to poor defending in front of him.
MacDonald again tried his luck from outside the area after receiving the ball from Trundle after some good play to get away from a few defenders.
After chances at both ends, it was the Swans that took the lead 7 minutes after the restart. Pratley took over from Trundle and made a run inside the box, his shot was only parried by the keeper and Robinson finished off from the rebound.
Akinfenwa then guaranteed our place in the third round with a goal 11 minutes from time. He received a pass from Robinson and he quickly toepoked the ball into the corner of the net after being pressurised by 2 defenders, his first of the season.
The only bad thing to come out of the game though is that Lee Trundle picked up an injury and is liekly to miss the Tuesday's game at Brighton.
Darlington: Russell, Duke (Joachim 59), Close, Collins, James, Wainwright, Cummins, Keltie, Smith (Carlos Logan 84), Johnson (Conlon 81), Armstrong. Subs not used: Stockdale, Ngoma.
Swansea City: Gueret, Meslien (Amankwaah 36), Austin, Lawrence, Tate, Butler (Akinfenwa 13), Robinson, Pratley, Britton, MacDonald, Trundle (Fallon 80).Subs not used: Jones, Oakes.
Ref: J Moss (West Yorkshire).
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