Date:Friday November 16 2007
Swansea City's 10-match unbeaten run came to an end tonight after a shocking performance at home against Huddersfield.
Kamara scored the only goal of the game during the second half to give the Terriers all three points.
Roberto Martinez welcomed back Darren Pratley and Ferrie Bodde back into midfield and Tom Butler also returned after being rested in the last two cup games. Bauza was still waiting for his first league start of the season as Duffy partnered Scotland up front. Lawrence was also given his place back after Tate had played the last 2 games.
The game started at a rather slow pace as the Swans struggled to even get out of our own half for the first 15 minutes or so, as we looked content to just keep possession at the back.
De Vries seemed to be sticking to a gameplan of passing it short to our defenders but we were putting ourselves under pressure time and time again. Possession was getting lost and we were handing chances to the opposition early on.
We finally got our first half chances after 15 minutes when Duffy volleyed Paul Anderson's cross over the bar.
We lacked everything we needed in a home performance tonight - urgency to get forward, motivation, creativity and movement. Pratley's seemingly unlimited supply of energy and Bodde's determination wasn't enough to get us out of reverse gear in the first half.
Lawrence was surprisingly having a decent performance at the back but he along with a number of other players were guilty of slopping passing and giving the ball away time and time again.
Prior to their second half goal, Huddersfield had chances to score in the first. Booth went close from close range and Cademateri was causing us some problems on the right hand side.
The Swans would have been happy enough to see the scores still level at the break as Huddersfield had some good opportunities to score.
It was the same old story for us, an extremely poor and unmotivated first half performance at home and Martinez needed to inspire a huge performance from his side if we were to go away with all three points.
We showed a slight improvement, there was a bit more drive going forward but we were still making far too many mistakes and conceding possession too often.
Bodde had been spraying some excellent passes out wide to Anderson but his error led to the Terriers scoring their winning goal. Cadermateri's shot was well saved by De Vries, but unfortunately the ball fell easily to Kamara who simply slotted the ball home into the net.
That goal gave us a bit more urgency to get forward and go in search of an equaliser. Anderson's pace had been causing all sorts of problems but at the same time Scotland was letting us down up front. He was too lazy and slow on the ball and was never a threat in the box.
5 minutes after their goal, Martinez made his first change as he brought off Butler and replaced him with Andy Robinson. Robbo did make a difference on the left wing, cutting inside a few times and having shots on goal but they were all well dealt with by the goalkeeper.
Roberto then changed to a more attacking formation with his second change on 70 minutes. Britton replaced Austin as we went 3-5-2 for the remainder of the game.
Huddersfield were keeping things tight at the back, defending in numbers and we continued to struggle to make any breakthrough. We were prone to a few counter attacks with sloppy passing play but they failed to extend their lead and kill the game off late on.
We then made our third change as Duffy went off for Bauza, much to the amazement and annoyance from the fans, as Scotland was having a far worse game than Duffy was, who was working hard alongside a player who contributed nothing all game. Duffy showed his frustrated and kicked the water-bottle holder whilst walking off.
It looked to be heading for our first defeat in 11 games as we hardly threatened their goal. However, we thought we had nicked a late equaliser as Monk headed the ball in from a corner, but the ref ruled it out for pushing in the box.
To sum things up then, it was a shocking performance by us, one of the worst this season for sure. Yet again we wasted the first half, playing it around in defence, putting ourselves into trouble and conceding possession far too often.
We need a drastic improvement at home as our away form won't be enough this year to get us promotion.
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Date:Friday November 16 2007
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