Match report posted by John_ (view the full thread on the forum )
A Warren Feeney header 16 minutes from time saw Swindon slip to defeat at Swansea this evening.
The starting line-up saw one change from Saturday where Zaaboub replaced JP McGovern in left midfield.
Swansea were held at home by Brighton at the weekend and despite being one of the pre-season favourites they`ve had a mixed bag of results to date.
From the kick-off the Swans made positive early inroads on the flanks and although no clear-cut chances came about the match seemed fairly open. The first real half-chance fell Swansea`s way around the 5 minute mark. A cross was punched weakly away by Phil Smith and the ball landed invitingly at the feet of Ferrie Bodde 30 yards out. He instinctively swung a boot but could only sky it harmlessly into the Swindon masses behind the goal.
Town soon retaliated when Roberts went on a jinking run although his powerful shot was well blocked by a defender. However, we didn`t have long to wait for our first real effort on target when a ball worked over from the left saw Cox control superbly and, on the turn, shoot low and hard. The keeper did well to claim it first-time but we were certainly holding our own.
The next passage of play saw Swansea with a bit of possession but no end product. A couple of shots from distance ballooned over the bar and really, in all honesty, we could lap this up all night.
The first real emergency came on the quarter-hour mark or thereabouts. Zaaboub, in his infinite wisdom, dilly-dallied with the ball and instead of heading wide & down the flanks he proceeded to dribble it towards central midfield and a cluster of bodies. I`d like to say he skinned them all and played a superb through ball for Cox to run onto and smash home but, no, that`s not what happened.
He was dispossessed almost immediately and with relative ease to boot. Suddenly the home side broke at pace. With Town on the backfoot and out of position, things could have been hairy. Fortunately, Swansea sensed glory from 30 yards and promptly blasted the ball into the Swindon fans for about the fourth time this evening.
It was a let-off, regardless. Zaaboub acknowledged his error by raising his hand whilst fellow colleagues glared in his direction. Still, at least he`d learnt his lesson and wouldn`t be doing that sort of thing again.......right?
Soon after in making a clearance, Jack Smith was clipped and went down in a bit of pain. It was the first real stoppage in the game but suffice to say it didn`t look too bad and Jack was back on his feet in no time. Sadly the poor full-back went down in another 50-50 challenge minutes later and this time it did look quite worrying. I can`t fault his commitment and from where I was it looked like an arm injury but we shall see. Anyway we obviously needed to make a sub and Miguel Comminges was being made-ready, but in the mean-time Town played on with 10 men.
Swindon were under a bit of pressure and the ball was pinging around the Town box until it then fell to Zaaboub.
Now, I should warn you, those who are of a nervous disposition, please avoid the next paragraph.
I guess first of all he could just have belted it up field to relieve the situation - or even out of play to allow Comminges to come on, but what I wasn`t expecting was for him go on a nice dribble towards a cluster of players, centrally placed, barely 5 yards outside his own box.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? Is it Groundhog Day? Have I time-travelled to five minutes ago?
Well, this time he wasn`t actually tackled and dispossesed. He instead fed a square pass wide right. All well and good you might think, but no.
The pass went straight to a white shirt. Within a fraction of a second the ball had been forwarded into the box. Then came a powerful shot from Duffy that crashed in from the left that Smith could only parry to the on-rushing Paul Anderson and, thank you very much, he smashed it home from 8 yards and its 1-0 Swansea.
Jesus H. Christ.
To be fair our defenders did