Swans Back To Winning Ways
Swansea City got back to winning ways this afternoon with a comfortable 2-0 home win against struggling Brentford.
After the huge disappointment at Huddersfield on Saturday with the Swans throwing a 2-goal lead to lose 3-2, it was vitally important to get a win against Brentford, struggling at the foot of the table.
Kenny Jackett made a few changes to the side, Trundle was missing after getting sent off on Saturday but Leon Britton was back in the side after a cold forced him to sit out on the weekend.
Robinson was also back in the side and replaced Butler on the left whilst youngster Chris Jones featured on the bench.
Most of the action was in the visitor`s half but despite all our early dominant possession, we couldn`t transfer it into a goal.
Akinfenwa should have better after 17 minutes but his poor finishing ability shone through when he toe poked a shot well side from inside the box.
Rory Fallon then missed another sitter when the ball dropped to him from close range after their keeper parried Britton`s shot.
We were now finally starting to get some chances on goal and Andy Robinson went close a few minutes later when we were awarded a free-kick just outside the area. He managed to curl over the wall but their keeper made an excellent save as the ball looked to be heading for the top right corner.
Brentford were limited to just a few long-range shots while the Swans needed a goal before the break to settle us down. And we did that on the half-hour mark as Akinfenwa lobbed the ball over the keeper to score our first goal of the new year.
It was then 2-0 with four minutes to play as Robinson received a good pass from Britton at the far post. His shot at goal looked to be heading straight for the keeper but a deflection off Osborne directed the ball past Abbey and into the back of the net.
It was just what we needed as the Swans were certainly dominating the game with goal chances and possession.
The second half though was an entirely different story though as Swansea didn`t have one decent chance on goal. Brentford however surged forward to try and get back in the game but they missed 2 easy chances to score from, and a decent side would definitely have punished us for some poor defending.
We started to tire early in the second half as we looked happy to just defend our lead, and that`s where we went wrong at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday. You certainly had the feeling that if Brentford could nick a goal early on they`d go on to get an equaliser.
Craney had a few chances though as he forced their keeper into making a good save as he tipped over his long range shot.
In a rather boring game, the Swans disintegrated in the second half after a decent performance in the first. Brentford were a poor side however and we really should have put 4 or 5 past them like we did against Carlisle a few weeks back.
Swansea: Gueret, Tate, Austin, Lawrence, Painter, Britton, Pratley (Butler 46), Craney, Robinson (Amankwaah 58), Akinfenwa, Fallon.
Subs Not Used: Oakes, Williams, Jones. Booked: Tate, Lawrence.
Goals: Akinfenwa 29, Osborne 41 og.
Brentford: Abbey, Mousinho, O'Connor, Griffiths, Frampton, Osborne (Pinault 62), Brooker (Peters 77), Charles, Kuffour, Willock, Cox (Tillen 89).
Subs Not Used: Brown, Skulason.
Ref: A Hall (W Midlands).