Swansea City 2 Carlisle 1
September 14th 2007
Swansea City completed a late comeback for the Swans as they beat Carlisle United 2-1 tonight at the Liberty Stadium.
Darryl Duffy grabbed his first goal of the season to get the equaliser with 9 minutes to play and Paul Anderson grabbed the winner just 2 minutes later.
It was another poor performance though from the Swans and Carlisle will be kicking themselves on their way home tonight after throwing away their lead with less than 10 minutes to play.
Roberto Martinez made just one change to his side, 17 year-old Joe Allen came in to replace the suspended Ferrie Bodde in midfield. Marcos Painter declared himself fit after returning from an ankle injury and he made the bench.
Rangel - Lawrence - Monk - Austin
Britton - Pratley - Allen - Robinson
Duffy - Scotland
Swansea City dominated the opening half in terms of possession but our finishing let us down in the final third. Duffy, Scotland and Robinson all squandered chances early on.
Our passing game improved since our lacklustre display against Doncaster but we still lacked ideas and pace when going forward.
Carlisle United kept things tight in the middle of the park and showed more quality and pace on the counter attack. Dorus De Vries had little to do and he only saw a shot fly past his back post when diving at full stretch.
Martinez would have been disappointed to not have been ahead at the break and even more so when the visitors took the lead 3 minutes after the restart. Leon Britton brought down Jeff Smith inside the box and the ref awarded Carlisle the spot kick which Graham converted.
The Swans seemed to take too long to react to the goal as we showed no quick signs of trying to get an early equaliser. Our attacking play was too slow and predictable and too many wayward passing interrupted our play.
Despite continuing to dominate possession we were doing very little with it. The defence seemed happy to pass it about in their own half and Darren Pratley struggled to pick out an attacking forward pass all night. Space wasn't being created and we weren't making runs, making it difficult to break the opposition's defence.
Jason Scotland was also a disappointment today. He was too slow chasing after loose balls and didn't pose a threat at all during the 90 minutes.
Martinez was forced into making his first chance when Joe Allen was forced to leave the field with an injury and was replaced by Tom Butler on the hour mark. He played out wide as Britton moved further inside. Butler did well for the half hour he was on and posed more of a threat than Britton did in half the time. He made some decent runs, got at the defenders and got more balls into the box. A lack of players in the box however meant that the Carlisle defence were always going to clear them with ease.
10 minutes later, Paul Anderson came on to replace Kevin Austin as Martinez changed to a more attacking formation.
Swansea slowly started to get forward more and create chances but it still looked as if we were heading more another disappointing home defeat. That was until Darryl Duffy finally broke his duck and scored an equaliser with 9 minutes remaining. The goalkeeper spilled a low long range effort and Duffy pounced on the loose ball to find the net from close range. Unbelievably, two minutes later and we went ahead as Anderson took the ball from the wing, went inside and his shot flew into the top right hand corner.
It was far from deserved in all fairness as we didn't really look like getting back into the game. We struggled to create clear cut chances, we were far too slow getting forward and our midfielders and attackers simply weren't giving each other options.
We scored two goals out of the blue though and Carlisle will be absolutely fuming with themselves to throw away what looked like being 3 points away from home.
I was expecting a huge improvement from the woeful performance against Doncaster but it was far from that. It was a slightly better game to watch but we need to improve in all areas if we are to achieve anything in the league this season.
Our defence looks edgy and vulnerable, distribution from the back was poor, we lacked any pace and creativity when going forward and our finishing let us down especially in the first half.
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