Swansea 0 Oldham 1
10th Feb 2007
After a Loss at Cheltenham , Swansea were hoping to bounce back with a win against fellow promotion challengers Oldham. However this was one of the most disappointing
erformances of the season and saw a low crowd of only 9,880 a low for a Saturday game.
From the start Swansea were torn from pillar to post and were overly stretched on the flanks. Alan Tate was turned early on with the Latics setting the early pace when Chris Taylor turned Tate and surged forwards towards the Swansea box only to be fouled by the former Manchester United player.
Early Oldham pressure was immense and caused the defensive backs a lot of problems with well timed runs and balls from the Oldham flanks. A great chance for Swansea to go ahead through some fine play from midfield saw Pawel Abbott with a chance to run through the heart of the Latics defence but was stopped short by the good central defensive partnership of Gregan and Haining. Oldham continued to press with good link up play and brought Taylor in who had the beating of Tate in the first half.
Oldham took the lead 32 minutes in with a Porter shot initially saved by Willy Gueret, the rebound shot from a tight angle from Warne found the back of the net and was met with rapturous applause by the 400 or so Travelling Latics supporters. Paul Warne was instrumental in the Oldham win and continued to press and on 44 minutes Oldham came close to making in 2-0. A defensive mistake by Dennis Lawrence saw Warne with the chance to finish only inches from the Swansea goal, Alan Tate slid in to prevent a clear second goal. Sean Gregan was booked after a challenge on Pawel Abbott. Oldham nearly went close again from a cross into the box, which left Gureat stranded and left a empty net.
Swansea made 2 changes at half time with Painter and Bayo coming on for Tate and Abbott who both did not really make an impact in the first half.
The Second half started as the first with Oldham pressing and pushing and pulling the Swansea defence all over the place. However a chance to equalise was on the cards when Lee Trundle was fouled just outside the Oldham box. Andy Robinson's free kick beat Oldham's Australian Keeper Pogliamcomi but struck the post, and rebounded into the danger area but no Swans player was able to capitalise on this.
Swansea continued to press but the impressive Taylor on the flanks continued to pile pressure on the left flank so much so Britton and Painter were both tasked to man mark him much was the threat from the Oldham youngster.
Oldham had the chance to make it 2-0 with a Free Kick from experienced Latics stalwart Andy Liddell but his shot was Blocked by Recalled defender Izzy Iriekpen. Swansea were then forced into another substitution when Leon Britton went into a challenge only to come out second best. Britton limped off and went straight down the tunnel for treatment for a dead leg. His contribution to the game done as Kevin Austin Came on for Leon on 75 minutes.
We continued to press for the equaliser but could not break down the down the vastly experienced Oldham defence. It ended 1-0 to the Latics, this result has been indicative of the way Swansea are at the moment, no passion, no flair, no tactical noose and a manager who has run the end of his course here at the Liberty. Kenny Jackett has no excuses for this display while his counterpart John Sheridan got everything right and the Latics were more than worthy of the result.
Match report by Lisa Higgins.
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Gueret - 5
Tate - 5
Iriekpen - 4
Lawrence - 4
Duffy - 5
Robinson - 5
Pratley - 4
Craney - 2
Britton - 6
Abbott - 4
Trundle - 3
Akinfenwa - 5
Painter - 6
Austin - 4