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Swansea 3 - Blackpool 6

Liberty Stadium

5th May 2007

Attendance: 18,903

Swansea City 3-6 Blackpool

Swansea City ended their season on a dissapointing note after a 6-3 defeat at home to Blackpool.

Martinez's side went all out to score as many goals as possible as they trailed Oldham in 6th by a goal difference of three. The Swansea boss made just the one change to his side as Alan Tate was missing with an eye injury and was replaced by Kevin Amankwaah.

Painter also didn't return from a knee injury so Kevin Austin kept his place at left back.

With a full house at the Liberty and an exciting atmosphere, the stage was set for what was a thoroughly entertaining game. The goals were flying in as the longest time you had to wait for a goal was 17 minutes.

The game was played in a highly competitive style as you'd expect as both sides still had plenty to play for. Blackpool were hoping to secure automatic promotion while of course we were hoping to claim the 4th place play-off spot.

Adrian Forbes also started on the right wing to face his former club.

Andy Morrell came close early on but his sliding shot rolled just wide of the far post. Willy Gueret failed to rush out in time or to block his shot while our defence were lucky not to concede an early goal.

Both sides started off well but it was the Swans who opened the scoring first. Izzy Iriekpen rose well at the far post to head home Trundle's cross from the right.

Our lead lasted just 11 minutes however as Morrell scored his first of 4 goals in the game. Iriekpen failed to win an aerial challenge, stumbled quite comically and lost possession. The ball was played into Morrell and again, Gueret was too slow coming off his line as the former Wrexham striker chipped the ball over the Frenchman.

Blackpool then took the lead after 33 minutes thanks to a superb strike from Parker that flew into the top left corner from 25 yards out.

It was no surprise that the Seasiders have go on a superb run of form lately, as they were playing some superb one-touch passing football.

The Swans were also playing well though as thanks to Leon Britton we were able to counter attack with pace.

We went into the break 2-1 down but we made a superb start to the second half. Tom Williams also came on to replace Kristian O'Leary. Both him and Craney completely lost the midfield battle in the opening 45 minutes, leaving huge gaps in the middle while Kris conceded possession far too often because of his poor passing ability.

Back to our good start to the second half. Williams made an instant impact as he assisted our equaliser. He headed the ball goalwards after winning a corner, Trundle chested the ball down well, turned and volleyed the ball into the bottom right corner.

Trundle then should have given us the lead when he was brought down inside the penalty area. The ref instantly pointed to the spot, the striker stepped up but his low strike hit the post.

We did take the lead though on 55 minutes as Iriekpen scored his second. The game swung again to our favour as both sets of fans had their chance to sing the "You're not singing anymore" chant during the game.

We were ahead for just 3 minutes though, as Blackpool scored four goals in the second half. Barker's long range striker hit the bar and Morrell was there to head the ball into an empty net.

Four minutes later, and Blackpool took the lead, 4-3. Kevin Amankwaah was guilty of being out of position as he appealed for a penalty. He didn't bother getting back either as Morrell completed his hat-trick.

Morrell then scored his fourth with a superb strike that lobbed Gueret. The keeper was then lobbed yet again as Parker scored from 25 yards out to goal 6.

Despite the heavy scoreline then, it was still a highly entertaining game with a good performance for the first hour. We attacked well but it was a terrible performance from our defence. Iriekpen made far too many mistakes, we gave them far too much space and got punished by probably the best side to have played at the Liberty this season. They proved and showed us how to play exciting, attractive football that we need to play next season in order to gain promotion.

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TEAM LINE-UPS:

Swansea

Gueret
Amankwaah
Iriekpen
Lawrence
Austin
Britton
Craney
O'Leary
Robinson
Trundle
Duffy

Substitutes
Oakes
Duffy
Allen
Abbott
Williams

Blackpool

Hart
Jackson
Williams
Barker
Evatt
Southern
Forbes
Jorgensen
Hoolahan
Parker
Morrell

Substitutes
Coid
Gorkss
Fox
Gillet
Vernon

Player Ratings


Gueret - 5

could maybe have done better with some of the goals, out of position on some occassions.

Amankwaah - 5

Lazy, at fault for 1 or 2 goals.

Lawrence - 6

Slightly better than our other defenders.

Iriekpen - 4

He may have scored 2 goals, but defending was woeful.

Austin - 5

He's not a left back but did ok I suppose.

Britton - 7

man of the match.

Craney - 4

Struggled yet again.

O'Leary - 5

Terrible passing, and him and Craney totally lost the midfield battle, left huge gaps for Blackpool to attack into.

Robinson - 5

Offers no support on the left, no width.

Trundle - 6

Scored a great goal and was unlucky with the penalty.

Duffy - 5

Couldn't really get going today, we didn't involve him in the game enough.

Roberto Martinez:

"We promised an entertaining afternoon and we delivered, but we were disappointed by our first half performance.

"Maybe the occasion got to us, but we showed real character and a fantastic attitude to come back.

"The scoreline doesn't show the game because we had to go for it and we can be proud of the players.

"We were very disappointed to concede six goals, but we've given it a go over the last 10 weeks and now we can look forward to next season because we know where we need to improve."




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