Swansea hammer another nail into Rovers coffin

After a recent dip in form, some wags in the game suggested that the Swans inexperience at this level would see them sinking into the relegation mire.  So the game against Blackburn Rovers would be key to right the wrongs and put them safely in Mid-table.  Abi Davies was on hand to give the Nero thumbs up or down.

Swansea’s uncharacteristically lacklustre display at Loftus Road sparked concern amongst Swans fans due to the manner in which they slumped to a 4th consecutive defeat. However, efficient with their possession and direct with their approach, Swansea City delivered the perfect response to their woeful performance against Rangers by comprehensively claiming victory over Steve Kean’s Blackburn.

Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring for the Welsh side, before Nathan Dyer and an own goal from Dann ensured Swansea stopped the rot and returned to winning ways. In doing so, condemning Blackburn to their 5th successive defeat. Continue reading

Swans fed to the Yak

After their “planned” capitulation at Cardiff City on Tuesday, Swansea City’s visit to Ewood Park could have spelt disaster for Rover’s manager Steve Kean.  Alas, as Abi Davies found out, there is nothing worse in football than a centre forward scorned.

A whole host of defensive errors from the Swans on Saturday, along with many great tactics applied by Steve Kean’s side, further prolongs Swansea City’s wait for a first Premier League victory away from home.

The visitors got the game under way and enjoyed the superior spells in possession early on. However, despite Swansea’s initial dominance it was evident that the hosts had done their homework on Brendan Rodgers side as they pressed us high up the field, not permitting us to play out from defence. On the rare occasion that they did allow us time to build from the back, Blackburn doubled up on our wide players cutting off our sources/outlets and forcing us to spontaneously alter our strategies. Continue reading

Don’t believe the hype

Every Monday I look at my email account with trepidation.  Since the first week of the season around 3pm I get that “ping” sound signifying the arrival of the latest excuse from the pen of Avram Grant.  Although it is obviously not from Avram, but rather from someone employed in the club to make such trivial facts such as we are bottom of the Premier League with just three games to go seem inconsequential.

Got the hint yet Avram?

We have had such classics in recent weeks as :- “We don’t have any intention to give up. We will fight. I think we need nine points more or less to stay in the league. It will be difficult but it is not impossible” or “We are not far from safety and we all need to go forward together for the next game. We have always shown we have come back well from every bad situation we have had this season and we will do it again.”

I am not sure what the purpose of these emails is.  I have seen enough games this season to make my own judgements.

1. Grant has no idea what his “best” team is and even when he has been able to field the same team, he hasn’t;

2. The spirit of the team suggests they are not behind the manager.  The story of Scott Parker giving the half time team talk to inspire the team to pull back a 3-0 deficit against West Brom is a classic example. Continue reading

My first game – Ryan Keaney

Blackburn Rovers 1 Arsenal 1
Premier League
Ewood Park
Saturday 27th April 1996

By the time I and the rest of my scout group arrived at Ewood Park on Saturday 27th April 1996 I assumed the highlight of my day had already passed. I wasn’t interested in watching Blackburn entertain Arsenal in any shape or form. I’d just finished a tour of my beloved Old Trafford and seen the footballing home of my heroes. I didn’t care for Blackburn or Arsenal. Little did I know that over the space of the impending game, I’d not only be in love with Manchester United but I’d also fall in love with football.

Growing up in Northern Ireland, live football wasn’t easily accessible so I had to peer through fuzzy reception to make out Manchester United playing games shown on delay. The Red Devils had wrapped me up but as I was shepherded into my seat in the Darwen Stand I couldn’t help but be drawn in by the sight in front of me. The television coverage I’d been used to would no longer be good enough.

I was cold and if I hadn’t of been so enthralled, I’d probably have wished for more layers but ultimately, there was football to watch. Colin Hendry was named the Rovers’ Player of the Year before the game and then with both teams competing for UEFA Cup places, things got underway.

Kevin Gallacher raced onto a long ball early on and lobbed the on rushing David Seaman to put Blackburn into the lead, just thirty yards away from me. He raced to the Riverside Stand to celebrate and my young ears were treated to a whole new range of vocabulary. Arsenal pressed for an equaliser for the rest of the half and that meant the ball spent much of the half at the other end of the pitch. In the second half, Arsenal pushed for a goal into the goal I was seated behind and with time running out, the most clear-cut penalty I have ever seen was conceded. Ian Wright dispatched the spot-kick to share the points.

Ryan Keaney