Swansea 5 Chesterfield 1
Swansea City got back to winning ways in the best possible way today with a 5-1 thrashing over in-form side, Chesterfield.
Kenny Jackett’s side managed to get only 2 points from the last 3 games and skipper, Roberto Martinez said this was a must win game.
The gaffer made just one change from the side that drew 2-2 with Rotherham last week, Owain Tudur-Jones replaced on loan Marcus Bean in the centre alongside the captain.
I think many of us would have been happy with this decision. Bean has started to improve of late but I feel he still doesn’t do much during games. The young Welsh international came in and offered an attacking option as well as doing some defensive work. He put the game beyond doubt at the end of the first half, following Tate’s cross from the right.
We made the best possible start when Akinfenwa used his pace and strength to gain possession of a Trundle pass when pressurised by a defender and he slotted the ball home.
Lee Trundle made one and then scored one 4 minutes later with a simple header following a corner.
Chesterfield showed throughout the game they were poor defensively but in possession they looked a decent side. Both teams have shown their capabilities of scoring highly but it came down to the fact that Swansea’s defence was much stronger.
10 minutes later Chesterfield got a vital goal as they tried to get back into the game. From a free kick on the right, the cross came in and Blatherwick got ahead of the defence to header into the top corner. There were shouts of offside but the goal stood.
After their goal, the Swans took the foot of the gas a little and were creating fewer chances than at the start of the game. As the half hour approached though, Lee Trundle grabbed his 2nd and Swansea’s third of the game to extend our lead.
Swansea weren’t done for the half just yet as Owain Tudur-Jones came into the side today, replacing Bean and grabbed a goal. We counter attacked and the former Bangor player got on the end of Tate’s cross from the right hand side. The game now was certainly out of range for our visitors but Chesterfield weren’t a side that were going to concede even more goals in the second half.
Trundle’s goal tally is now 14 and no doubt this will attract even more attention from interested clubs. We’ve seen him score some important goals for us but today we also saw an excellent all round performance from the scouser. He told the press he wasn’t too happy with his performances despite scoring frequently but I’m sure he would have been happy with the show he put on for us today.
It would have been a safe bet that it wouldn’t be 7 like against Bristol City as rarely teams will concede a number of goals in both halves.
Lee Trundle went inside and out of his defender and once he had decided he had tucked him up enough times he slotted the ball home to complete his impressive hat trick.
Connor then replaced Akinfenwa after 71 minutes when the game was well won although Chesterfield were trying their best to narrow the margin as their fans made their way to the busses.
This was certainly Swansea showing what they are capable of. At times we did play the long ball route to the strikers but Martinez and Tudur-Jones definitely looks a better approach to the centre of midfield. We passed the ball around well and I’m sure the attendance at the next home game will increase.
One last mention goes to the person who was delighted to see “Akinrubish” go off for Connor. He also called him that straight after his goal to put us ahead, you just can’t please some fans.
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Willy Gueret 8/10
Sam Ricketts 7/10
Kevin Austin 8/10
Izzy Austin 9/10
Alan Tate 7/10
Kevin McLeod 7/10
Roberto Martinez 8/10
Owain Tudur-Jones 9/10
Leon Britton 8/10
Lee Trundle 10/10
Adebayo Akinfenwa 8/10
''It was a terrific game for the neutrals as well as my point of view because it was really open and there was some good attacking football played.
''It was important for us to put in a performance and we're obviously pleased with the result and we've shown again we can very much compete at this level.''