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Oldham Athletic 2 - Swansea City 1

Boundary Park

11th August 2007

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Oldham 2 Swansea City 1

Swansea City got their season off to a dissapointing start with a 2-1 defeat away at Oldham this afternoon.

Roberto Martinez named the same side that beat Lavente 2-0 in a friendly last week.

Tate got us off to the worst possible start as he conceded a penalty within the first minute. Ricketts converted from the spot to give the Latics a 1-goal lead early on.

Martinez's side finally got going after 8 minutes when Jason Scotland hit the post. A minute later and Robinson managed to get the ball in the net for the Swans but the referee disallowed it for handball as the midfielder was booked.

Ricketts went close to scoring his second after 18 minutes but his looping header went over De Vries and thankfully over the bar.

We never really got going in attack whilst we were struggling at the back with Oldham's front two. De Vries made a good save on the half hour mark to deny Craig Davies.

After a few more chances from the home side, Swansea would have been happy to go in at the break with scores still the same.

Martinez decided to make no changes for the start of the second half as the Swans got off to a much better start.

Rangel did well to get a good shot at goal as Crossley made an equally good save to deny the Spanish full back.

Andy Robinson was lucky to remain on the pitch 3 minutes later after a late challenge.

The Swans pushed forward as we were on top of the game at this point. The attacking pressure paid off after 56 minutes as Jason Scotland scored on his debut. With some neat skill in the box, his shot beat Crossley to fly into the back of the net.

Martinez then brought off Robinson and brought on Anderson. The Liverpool winger added pace to the left wing but seemed to lack strength to cope with his marker.

Anderson had some excellent chances to give the Swans all 3 points but he failed to hit the target and it proved costly when Sheridan's side scored the winner with just a few minutes remaining.

It was a huge blow to the Swans after making a huge improvement in the second half. Martinez's side had a dominant 10 minute spell but failed to capitalise on this.

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Oldham
Swansea

Crossley
Eardley <87
ThompsonGiddings
Allott
Kilkenny
Kalala
Taylor <63
Ricketts <63
Davies

Subs:
Bell
Liddell >63
McDonald >87
Smalley >63
Wolfenden
De Vries
Rangel
Tate
Lawrence
Painter
Britton
Pratley <77
Bodde
Robinson <63
Duffy
Scotland

Subs:
Hawthorne
Austin
O'Leary >77
Bauza
Anderson >63




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Date:Saturday August 11 2007

Time: 5:16PM

Your Comments

oh well, not the best start but then again we are still ahead of leeds. remember the last time we got promoted, we lost our first game.
Burdett
It was always a tough ask against a side that did the double over us last season, but from what I heard we deserved at least a point for our trouble.
barrydoom
Listening to the game on the radio we dominated the second half but couldn't get the ball in the back of the net. A few chances in the first half as well but we couldn't cope with Ricketts and Davies then. I don't thinbk Tate should be starting as a CB as he goes in for some clumsy challenge - an example of this today when he gave a way the penalty! He's a good RB or midfielder but not a CB!
jack hammers
its a real shame that you lost but its alwaysthe 1st game of the season thats given away
red_chattey
 

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