Swansea City 1 Doncaster 2
1st September 2007
Swansea City slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Doncaster Rovers today in what was a shockingly bad performance by Roberto Martinez's side.
We lacked any momentum and creativity throughout the whole 90 minutes in what was an extremely boring encounter to watch.
Doncaster came here with a game plan that worked as they crowded us out in midfield, making it very difficult for us to get into our slick passing game. We lacked numbers going forward and failed to support each other in possession. The defence also looked clumsy as Austin and Lawrence especially were making far too many errors.
Despite our poor play, miss-placed passes, and failure to test their goalkeeper, we took the lead a few minutes before half time as Jason Scotland netted easily from close range. It was undeserved and I thought we were lucky to go in at the break with a 1-goal lead.
While I expected a huge improvement in the second half we continued from where we left off. We lacked any urgency with or without the goal and lacked any ideas or creativity when going forward, which wasn't very often.
However, we looked comfortable with just a 1-goal lead as Doncaster weren't much better themselves as De Vries had very little to do.
Ferrie Bodde then gave the visitors an excellent chance of getting back into the game after a moment of stupidity early in the second half. It was an off-the-ball incident which I didn't see but he was arguing with an opposing player and threw his head towards, whether or not he actually made contact with the player I don't know.
Immediately afterwards Martinez changed tactics by taking off Duffy and putting on Kristian O'Leary.
Rovers then had a burst of confidence and started pressing for an equaliser. It wasn't long before it came as Wellens scored with an excellent low strike that he tucked in close to the left-hand post.
With only minutes to go Wellens again scored to win the game for the visitors. His powerful drive left De Vries standing and maybe the Dutch keeper should have done better.
We attempted to try and get a point out of the game late on, we won a few corners but we never really looked like scoring.
So to summarise then it was shocking performance from the Swans. Doncaster weren't much better as I think we would have won the game if Bodde hadn't got sent off. Rovers didn't really create chances like us and our lead looked pretty safe while it stood. The referee also had a very poor game and that's an understatement. He continually gave decisions to Doncaster while ignoring similar incidents against the Swans. I can't comment on the sending off as I didn't see it but he was extremely petty and fussy throughout. You can't blame the ref for the defeat though as it was a performance to forget today.
We need a huge improvement if we want to win our next game. We played 120 minutes of football in midweek but that's no excuse either as only half the side that played on Tuesday played today.
Fans' Player Ratings
De Vries - 6
Rangel - 6
Monk - 6
Lawrence - 5
Austin - 4
Britton - 6
Pratley - 5
Bodde - 3
Robinson - 6
Scotland - 6
Duffy - 5