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

Toffees too much for high flying Swans to swallow

Everton came to The Liberty on Saturday hoping to retain their unbeaten record against Swansea City in order to avoid a third successive league defeat but Two second half goals from Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic ensured they did so, condemning Swansea City to just their third home defeat this season and sending Abi Davies into a state of sorrow only made better by an intake of Wales’s finest ale.

For large spells of the first half, it appeared to be business as usual for Swansea City as they were the commanding force, despite only showing glimpses of the stylish brand of play that has earned them the highest appraisals over recent weeks. However 10 minutes before half time, Everton started to play their way into the game and after the interval continued to assert the dominance they enjoyed towards the end of the first half, pushing forward with far more penetration than their counterparts. Their bold and highly successful approach to stopping Swansea play their game was rewarded by two second half goals to which Swansea had no response. Continue reading

Swansea try to delay the Spurs train

With the smell of a New Year’s Eve party in her nostrils, our very own Abi Davies headed off to the Liberty for the last time in 2011 to see if the Swans could stop the Spurs juggernaut.

Swansea City went into Saturday’s game hoping to defy the odds in order to record their 5th victory of the campaign and round off a historic year in style. In their way of doing so, stood a formidable Tottenham side aiming to close the gap between them and top of the Premier League table to just 4 points.

Brendan Rodgers team selection suggested that he had one eye on Monday’s trip to Villa Park as he made 6 changes to the Swans starting XI to face Spurs. Neil Taylor returned to the side having missed Tuesday’s game due to a knee injury, meaning Jazz Richards switched to right back to cover for Angel Rangel who was amongst the substitutes having not fully recovered from his ankle injury.

Gary Monk was restored to the starting line up in place of the ineligible Steven Caulker, whilst Mark Gower was restored to the XI in place of Britton. Stephen Dobbie was handed his first start since the opening game of the campaign, and Luke Moore lead the Swans line of attack, replacing Danny Graham. Nathan Dyer made his first start in 4 games, meaning Wayne Routledge dropped to the bench. Continue reading

The Queens speech

Our very own Abi Davies puts on her new Christmas Jumper, packs her Turkey sandwiches and heads down to the Liberty for the last time in 2011.

Having picked up 15 points from our opening 8 home games, Swansea City were hoping they could continue in a similar vein of form when they played host to fellow promoted side Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday. Swansea were looking to gain revenge for last Boxing Day’s game at Loftus Road, which saw Brendan Rodgers’ side condemned to a crushing 4-0 defeat.

Having made impressive second half appearances against both Newcastle and Everton, Kemy Agustien was rewarded by a place in the Swans starting XI, as he was favoured ahead of Mark Gower for Tuesday’s game against Rangers.

The only other Swans change came in defence as Neil Taylor missed out due to a knee injury, Angel Rangel made his first start since picking up an ankle injury against Aston Villa, whilst Jazz Richards was drafted over to left back. Continue reading

A game that should not have been played?

Abi Davies brings us some of the reaction from the highly emotional game yesterday at The Liberty Stadium.

The Swans recorded a 6th clean sheet of the season on Sunday in a game where the result became somewhat insignificant following the tragic sudden passing of Welsh manager Gary Speed. My overwhelming feeling prior to kick off and throughout the fixture was one of distance from the game. The tragic circumstances put into perspective how much more there is to life, as the football World began to mourn the death of one of the most respected and well loved gentlemen to grace the game.

Four members of the Welsh national squad were involved in Sunday’s fixture as Ashley Williams, Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and James Collins all started for their respective clubs, whilst close friend of Speed, Shay Given also played at The Liberty despite understandably being unable to disguise his grief.

The only change to the Swansea side condemned to defeat against Manchester United last weekend came in midfield, as Joe Allen returned to the starting XI in place of Wayne Routledge who had to settle for a place amongst the substitutes.

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Swansea “pead” off by United

Defeat by the reigning Premier League Champions on Saturday saw Swansea condemned to their first defeat at the Liberty since February 6th.  But Abi Davies is still a very proud Swan.

It took just one lapse in concentration from the home side to allow the visitors the opening to score the only goal of the game.

Brendan Rodgers made just one change to the side that drew at Anfield, as Scott Sinclair returned to the starting line up in place of Joe Allen who had to settle for a place among the substitutes, having picked up a calf injury in midweek. Sinclair regained his usual position meaning Wayne Routledge was drafted into a more central role.

The Swans got the game under way and were the quicker to settle, as they demonstrated from the outset that they were not going to sit back and absorb the onslaught of pressure that Utd would try to apply but instead continued to play their possession-based football that has served them so well thus far.

Not looking at all over-awed during early exchanges, it was the hosts that created the first opening when Mark Gower lofted a perfectly weighted ball out to Angel Rangel who picked out Danny Graham inside the box, the striker headed the ball down for Gower who could not connect properly and his effort fired wide of the target. Continue reading

Swansea turn the heat up on Stoke City

Is there anyone happier in Swansea today than Swan Abi?  We don’t think so, and this is why…

Having been condemned to their 3rd consecutive defeat away from home last weekend, Swansea were back in action at The Liberty on Sunday where they were looking to extend their unbeaten run at home which stems back to February 6th

A goal either side of the interval as well as a forth consecutive clean sheet at The Liberty for Swansea City ensured they signed off for the international break in the best possible fashion, as they claimed their second victory of the campaign.

Spending big in the summer transfer window, having captured the signatures of a number of multi million pound players, Tony Pulis’ Stoke side would have gone into Sunday’s game as overriding favourites, having already been tipped for a top six finish this season. The Potters pose a large aerial and physical threat, leading many to question how Swansea would cope with their substantial height advantage, and whether Brendan Rodgers side would struggle to defend against the likes of Peter Crouch. However it was Swansea’s quick fluid passing movements that proved impossible to contend with as Stoke struggled throughout the majority of the game. Continue reading