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Cheltenham 1 - Swansea 2

Whaddon Road

18/09/2007

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Cheltenham 1 Swansea 2

Swansea City came from behind yet again to win their second successive game which takes them up into the play-off places for the first time this season.

Roberto Martinez made one change to his side after Friday's game. Allen was out injured so Kristian O'Leary came in to replace the youngster.

De Vries

Rangel - Lawrence - Monk - Austin

Britton - O'Leary - Pratley - Robinson

Duffy - Scotland


Darry Duffy had a good chance early on and his claims he was being pulled back inside the box were ignored by another fussy referee.



The Swans made the worst possible start when Vincent put the Robins ahead after just four minutes, getting on the end of Paul Connor's flick on.

The goal gave them a lift and after assisting the goal, Connor then had a chance of scoring himself but his effort went just wide of the post.

Angel Rangel was then unluckily booked midway through the first half for his first challenge in the game on Spencer.

Swansea's first real attempt on goal came after 25 minutes or so as Robinson, who was our key attacker, went on a run down the left flank. His shot riccoched to Leon Britton who's shot was well blocked for a corner.



Swansea were starting to create more chances and get back into the game while at the other end, Dorus De Vries pulled off a great save to palm away Lindegaard's long range effort.

Swansea then created their best attacking move of the match 3 minutes before the break. The ball finally fell to Jason Scotland who lashed a shot just over the bar from inside the box. An opportunity you'd expect the prolific goalscorer to put away.

Roberto Martinex decided to make two changes at the start of the second half. Pratley was dissapointing alongside O'Leary and made way for Butler and Painter came on for Austin. Britton moved into the centre as Butler played on the right wing.



You wondered why Martinez didn't start these players from the beginning as they made an instant impact and improvement to the side.

We had a dominant early spell that brought an equaliser after just 5 minutes. Rangel put Scotland through on goal, beating their offside trap and cooly chips the ball over the on-coming goalkeeper.

Swans had chances before that though. Robinson's free-kick was saved and Rangel went close with a powerful shot from 25 yards.

Swansea showed a lot more urgency to get forward in this half as Martinez's side enjoyed a good 15-minute opening spell.



Dorus De Vries was then brought into the action, denying Paul Connor scoring against his former side with an excellent save.

On 62 minutes, Jason Scotland went looking for his second of the game but he was never going to score shooting through a crowd of players when a pass to the unmarked Butler was a better choice.

7 minutes later and the Swans went ahead! Andy Robinson showed his class with a superb effort from 25 yards but is unfairly booked by the fussy referee for celebrating with the travelling fans.

Swansea now had to hang on to their lead and still they had a few chances late on to put the game beyond any doubt. Cheltenham as well tried to battle back and went close but the defence held on as we claimed another 3 points.

There were 2 negatives to come out of the game though as both Andy Robinson and Leon Britton picked up hamstring injuries and will be out for Saturday's big game against Leeds at Elland Road.

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Match photos by stanvandamn




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Date:Tuesday September 18 2007

Time: 11:06PM

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2 Good comebacks now its certainly a positive and also nice to see we are getting results even when we aren't at our best.
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