Swansea make themselves at home at the Cottage


On another amazing weekend for Welsh sport our resident Swansea City fan, Abi Davies made her way back from London with a smile as wide as Swansea Bay after an excellent win at Fulham.

On the back of their sensational 1-0 victory over Manchester City last weekend, Swansea knew that a win at Craven Cottage would see them move to 8th in the league with only one other Premier League fixtures being played on Saturday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s second brace since joining Swansea, along with a Joe Allen strike guided the Swans to their fourth away win of the campaign, in doing so, the Welsh side all but mathematically secured their Premier League status and now look set to further prove critics wrong as they seek to finish the league in the top half of the table.

The only change to the side that started last weekend’s game against Manchester City came in defence as Ashley Williams run of 169 consecutive league games came to an end, with the Welsh international suffering from a virus. Williams absence meant club captain Gary Monk partnered on loan centre back Steven Caulker for the first time.

The euphoria of last weekends win seemed to play no part in Swansea’s performance as it was back to the grindstone, with the whole side demonstrating all the credentials that has seen them earn mass success so far this season. Continue reading

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Swansea City show they have no respect for reputation or league position


No Premier League team will have enjoyed their trip to Wales this season thanks to the form of Swansea City who have taken on all comers with their brand of exciting passing football.  Reputations and league position could for very little in these parts as Abi Davies tells us after the visit of Manchester City yesterday.

Having been defeated just 3 times in the league this season prior to Sunday’s fixture, Manchester City should have felt confident that they could retain their place at the top of the division by taking 3 points from a side they beat 4-0 on the opening weekend of the campaign.

However Swansea’s character, determination and growth in maturity was prevalent at The Liberty as the Welsh side played with an air of confidence and belief that meant they were not remotely overawed by their big spending opponents.

In a game where the pressure was firmly off Swansea and solely on their high flying counterparts, Brendan Rodgers side were presented with the games first chance when they were awarded a penalty after Joe Hart brought down Wayne Routledge, following a great move from the home side. Continue reading

Swansea City back on the winning way


With all of the feelgood factor still washing through the streets of Wales at the moment, the Swans started on a long journey north on Saturday up to Wigan to clash with former manager Roberto Martinez.  Of course Abi Davies was at the front of the coach directing the traffic as if she was marshelling the midfield.

Thanks to wiganlatics.co.uk

Swansea City avoided a third successive defeat on Saturday by recording their third away win of the campaign and in doing so extended Wigan’s run of games without a victory to 12.  Having struggled in their previous two fixtures against two of the leagues most physically demanding sides in Norwich and Stoke, I felt that Swansea were far better equipped to claim victory at The DW against a Wigan side trying to play with a similar philosophy to that which Martinez helped create in South Wales.  Swansea were bolstered by the return of highly rated Dutch international Michel Vorm, after the keeper missed last weekends defeat at the Britannia through illness.

Swansea got the game underway and despite the home side looking the more likely to create an instant impact with Di Santo and Alcaraz enjoying a lot of time on the ball in the opening exchanges, the Swans soon settled into their rhythm, stringing together some great passing movements and advancing into dangerous positions.  Nathan Dyer provided the game’s first shot on target, however his timid strike was collected with ease by Al Habsi. Continue reading

The Swans fail their first Potteries lesson


Abi Davies has been off our radar for a few weeks due to a free week for the Swans and then her falling ill through lack of football.  But back she came this weekend for the visit to the coldest ground in the Premier league, The Britannia Stadium.

Despite comprehensively condemning Stoke to defeat in the reverse fixture almost 5 months ago,  Sunday’s challenge was always going to be a stern one for the Swans, coming up against arguably the most physical side in the division.

The fixture promised to display a true contrast of styles as Swansea would try to combat Stoke’s direct, long ball tactic with the passing game that has earned them many plaudits this season.

Two sloppy first half goals proved enough for The Potters to inflict further misery on Swansea’s away form, their 2nd successive defeat reiterating their troubles in dealing with the leagues more physical sides. Continue reading

The Baggies throstled by the Swans


After the disappointment of a draw at home to Chelsea, Abi Davies got back on the coach as the Swans headed to the Midlands for the game against fellow midtablers West Bromwich Albion.
Despite conceding an injury time equaliser at home to Chelsea in midweek, Swansea City should have approached Saturday’s game at The Hawthornes with optimum confidence having shown class and quality to earn a point off Villas-Boas Champions League chasers.
Brendan Rodgers unsurprisingly opted for the same eleven that started Tuesday’s game against Chelsea, having delivered a sumptuous display against the Londoners.
Despite falling behind to a Fortune strike at The Hawthornes, Swansea City came from behind in order to record their second away victory of the campaign. Continue reading

Heartbreak hotel at the Liberty


There are few more disappointing things in life than conceding an injury time equaliser – well perhaps an injury time winner.  As a Lewes fan I have been used to seeing both this season, but Abi Davies hasn’t had the privilage…until the 93rd minute yesterday.

Heading into the game on the back of consecutive away defeats, Swansea City were hoping to return to winning ways when they welcomed Chelsea to The Liberty on Tuesday night.  Condemned to just a solitary defeat at home so far this season, Swansea should have had optimum confidence going into the fixture against Villas-Boas side.

Having made 10 changes for the weekends FA Cup tie at Bolton, Brendan Rodgers restored the side that started Swansea’s last league game at The Stadium of Light.

The visitors, without John Terry due to a knee injury, lined up with a centre back partnership of Luiz and Ivanovic. A highly perplexing decision given Chelsea’s recent signing of Gary Cahill, who had to settle for a place on the bench despite Villas-Boas stating that the Londoners would be a far greater force to be reckoned with, due to the recruitment of the English defender. Continue reading

Winning away is overrated anyway


After last week’s memorable win over Arsenal, Abi Davies hopped on the Swan Express and headed north to Wearside to visit the ever improving Sunderland team.

Swansea City went into Saturday’s game at The Stadium Of Light undefeated in their previous 5 games, and on the back of 3 consecutive victories were looking to retain their 100% win record in 2012.

Brendan Rodgers made just one change to the side that started against Arsenal six days ago, as loan signing Gylfi Sigurdsson was handed his full Swansea debut, following a sensational second half performance last weekend.

The Swans should have no shame in the manner in which they lost the game on Saturday, with it taking a sublime strike either side of the interval to condemn the Welsh side to their eighth defeat of the campaign. Continue reading