Oldham 2 Swansea City 1
11th August 2007
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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