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Posted Sat 29 Oct 11 at 17:38 PM

Report: Swansea 3 Wanderers 1

Swansea City took the points at the Liberty Stadium on a wet and windy afternoon winning 3-1, with all of the goals coming in a frantic second half of football in South Wales.

Having first been reduced to ten men at the start of the second period following Ricardo Gardner's dismissal for a second yellow card, the Trotters then fell two goals behind following Joe Allen's strike and a Scott Sinclair penalty.

However, faced with an uphill task, Wanderers did manage to breach the Swansea rearguard for the first time this season when Chris Eagles' effort was diverted into his own net by Danny Graham.

But despite a late charge that saw skipper Gary Cahill deployed as a makeshift striker, Swansea added to their tally when Graham raced away to seal the result.

David Ngog

Coyle made six changes to the side that had bowed out of the Carling Cup with a gutsy performance against Arsenal in midweek. However, in doing so he kept faith with a 4-3-3 formation that had seen the Whites form a thoroughly resilient unit in the capital despite a slender 2-1 defeat.

Jussi Jaaskelainen, Eagles, Martin Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker, David Ngog and David Wheater came back into the side, but it was two players that kept their places in the side that was of greater note. Gardner retained the left-back slot whilst Mark Davies formed part of a midfield trio alongside former Swansea City man Darren Pratley and the vocal Reo-Coker.

The rain swirled around the stadium in the early throes of the game, as the home side enjoyed much of the possession with little penetration through what was a robust looking Wanderers unit.

The first effort on goal of the afternoon went the way of the Trotters, with Ngog forcing a fine reflex save from Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal following a left-footed effort on the turn after neat interplay involving Eagles and Pratley.

The home side continued to enjoy large spells of possession, but as the half wore on neither side were really in the ascendancy.

Swansea saw a dangerous cross-cum-shot from Neil Taylor on the angle of the penalty area cleared by Gardner, who in full flight facing his own goal did well to clear the crossbar.

Whilst the opening half was bereft of any real clear-cut chances, immediately after the resumption of play following half time Graham spurned a golden opportunity to break the deadlock.

Sinclair clipped a cute ball into the path of record signing Graham, who hit a bent a first time shot within a whisker of Jaaskelainen's left post.

Then, in the space of two minutes, Wanderers suddenly faced an uphill task.

First, the Whites were reduced to ten men after Gardner received a second yellow card for tugging back livewire Nathan Dyer.

As Wanderers reshuffled the pack, Allen compounded a grim couple of minutes giving the home side the lead. The Swans midfielder wriggled his way into the left channel, opened his body up and fired low into the net beyond Jaaskelainen at his near post.

Paul Robinson was brought on in place of Petrov to fill the void at left-back, as the home side continued to press.

Sinclair saw a rasping drive from distance well saved by Jaaskelainen before Ashley Williams' attempt came back off the crossbar.

However it was to only be a temporary rest bite for Wanderers, as Brendan Rodgers' side doubled their lead, this time from the penalty spot.

A short Swansea corner culminated in a ruck of players scrapping for a loose ball inside the area, and as Graham tumbled under pressure from Pratley referee Mark Clattenburg wasted no time in pointing to the spot.

Sinclair sent Jaaskelainen the wrong way from 12 yards and it seemed as if it was game over.

However, after Dyer saw a low effort from a tight angle thwarted by Jaaskelainen's legs and Allen fired wide, out of nowhere Wanderers were handed a lifeline.

Wheater galloped forward from the heart of the defence before spraying a low ball out to Eagles on the left flank. The former Burnley man took a couple of neat touches before arrowing a low cross into the heart of the Swansea penalty area and amid the confusion Graham diverted the ball into his own net.

Coyle responded and threw on Ivan Klasnic and Gael Kakuta in search of the equaliser, but it was Swansea who continued to look the more likely to add to the scoring.

With the Trotters committing men forward, Dyer raced away down the right flank and played a teasing ball across the face of the Bolton goal onto which Sinclair crashed a right-foot effort off the crossbar.

As time ticked by, Wanderers pressed forward, but in doing so left holes which the home side eventually exploited.

Robinson saved a certain goal with a goalline clearance before minutes later Graham atoned for his earlier own goal, racing away late on and slotting beyond Jaaskelainen to seal the result.

Swansea City: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Graham, Sinclair, Dyer (Moore 90), Monk, Rangel, Allen, Gower (Unused substitutes: Tremmel, Moras, Orlandi, Routledge, Lita, Richards)

Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Wheater, Cahill, Gardner, Reo-Coker, M Davies, Pratley (Kakuta 75), Eagles, Petrov (Robinson 52), Ngog (Klasnic 75) (Unused substitutes: Bogdan, Knight, Muamba, K Davies)

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