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Swansea City 3-0 Southend

3 - 0

Liberty Stadium

15th December

Attendance: 12,629


Swansea City treated the Liberty Stadium to a early Christmas present as they stay top of the League One after a second 3-0 home win in the space of 5 days.

In a consummate performance that should have gleaned more goals Swansea manager Roberto Martinez will go to Carlisle in the top of the table clash next week full of confidence .

Goals from Feeney, Rangel and Butler gave Martinez's side all three points as Tilson's side barely got out of first gear as Nick Bailey was dismissed by referee Richard Beeby after a seething tackle on Darren Pratley that left the midfielder sprawling on the liberty Stadium pitch.

Southend were already trailing after Warren Feeney's 18th minute headed goal.On loan from Cardiff City the striker latched onto Angel Rangel's cross after some industrious play by Dutchman Ferrie Bodde and beat Collis at close range.

Referee Richard Beeby changed the face of the game when he booked Nick Bailey for dissent just under a minute later the midfeilder was sent off.

In truth Southend could not recover from the midfielders dismissal and it was an exercise in damage limitation for the Essex side.

It was to be man of the match Angel Rangel who would punish Southend further with a 58th minute strike.

Rangel surged into the box twisting and turning to find space in the congested Southend penalty area. His shot found its way past the Southend defense and past Steven Collis in the Shrimpers goal.

With a two goal cushion and with a one man advantage Swansea began to find yards of space to which they were to capitalize on 64 minutes.

Defender Garry Richards was adjudged to have fouled an inspired Andy Robinson in the box.

Robinson stepped up to take the penalty but saw his shot was well read by Collis.

The home side had to wait until 7 minutes to go to secure their 3rd of the game.

Substitute Andrea Orlandi held off the Southend defence to thread the ball trough to Marcos Painter who went up to support the midfielder.

Painter crossed the ball into the danger area which Thomas Butler guided the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal.

The game was overshadowed by Warren Feeney being stretchered off after a serious leg injury following a tackle from Lewis Hunt.

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Player Ratings

De Vries: 7

Not a save to make.

Rangel: 9

This guy is something special good goal amazing work rate.

Lawrence: 7

Had a solid game and treated us to a party trick

Monk: 7

Solid as a rock

Painter: 7

Same as monk

Britton: 7.5

Getting back to his best.

Bodde: 9

Simply devine the guy controled the game and unlucky not to bag a goal

Pratley: 8

solid performance

Anderson: 7.5

a little quiet today

Robinson: 7

tried a little to hard but got us into good positions


good goal shame about the injury

Bussy 7.5

work rate high powerful runs hounded southend.

Butler 7.5

good performance.

Orlandi 6.5

Not on for long

Date:Saturday December 15 2007
Time: 5:20PM

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sounded like a good game. Have to admit RM was right. He said the boys are finally starting to feel at home and we have score 12 goals in the last 3 games we have played there. We are hitting some home form at just the right time!
jack hammers
15/12/2007 17:36:00
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