Swansea v Wednesday Match Report
By Andy Murray
Saturday 30 Aug 2008 14:31:00
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Owls Manager is pitting his wits against Swans highly rated Boss Roberto Martinez in a tough away fixture at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon.Both sides like to play attacking football with the ball on the ground so it should be an entertaining game, especially when The Wednesday manager has opted to play a 4-3-3 formation today. Jermaine Johnson has been left on the bench and Jimmy Smith will  makes    his full debut for Wednesday in the Championship.

First Half..

Tigerish  play by Burton and Smith who finds Esajas, he cuts inside and shoots but it`s straight at the keeper.Good chance by Tudgay who heads just over the bar from a well worked free kick. Corner to Swansea after some good work by Jason Scotland, it goes for a Wednesday throw-in eventually.It`s great atmosphere inside the ground as both sets of fans are giving it some, a big following from South Yorkshire today.Swansea are winning the corner count 4-0 in the first 15 mins but none have gave the Owls defence any problems so far.

Good play by  Richard Wood who plays the ball out of defence with a 1-2 with McAllister and finds Esajas who delivers a rocket of a shot which the keeper saves well.Deon Burton is booked for a heavy challenge. Good delivery from Gower off  the resulting free kick is cleared for another corner to the Swans.Monk crosses into the box and Lee Grant produces a world class save from a deflected shot by Gower.Mc Allister is booked for a late tackle . Ferre Bodde fires a great shot from 25 yards which curls into the Wednesday net..Swansea 1 Owls 0

McMahon is booked after the Swansea player looked to take a blatant dive to win a free kick, 3 Wednesday players have received Yellow Cards so far. Shot by Gower from the edge of the box is just wide of the Wednesday goal.

Half Time ..Swansea 1 Wednesday 0

Not the entertaining match we expected with the Owls side perhaps struggling to play in this formation, Brian Laws  might have to revert back to 4-4-2 after the break.  A half decent display by Swansea so far , which is to be expected by a home side.

Second Half..

Scotland strikes a decent shot from 18 yards which is well saved by Lee Grant. 2 corners in a row for Wednesday come to nothing but at least they are showing an improvement  in this half, the Owls fans are non stop in the `Barmy Army` chant. JJ comes off the bench to replace Jimmy Smith. Swansea have a header at goal which hits the post and is scrambled away  by the Wednesday defence. Steve Watson and Leon Clarke come on for Esajas and Burton in a radical bid by Brian Laws to change the game A superb lifted ball into the box by Tudgay is headed home by Steve Watson with his first touch of the ball. Swansea 1 Wednesday1

Good attacking play by Swansea and an unmarked Garry Monk heads wide from 6 yards when it would have been easier to score.Another header by a Swansea player from 6 yards out, this time Pintado goes wide of the goal.Good play from JJ and Spurr hits the crossbar from a cross come shot. Corner to Wednesday with 2 minutes to go..headed behind by Monk for another corner, Clarke gets in a header but it`s well wide. 4 mins of added time..Good pressure by Swansea in the dying minute and Brandy gets a header in which hits the post.

Full Time..Swansea 1 Wednesday 1

To be fair Wednesday were outplayed for most of the match by a Swansea side who look like they will do very well this season in the Championship, if they had took their chances it would have been all over. Wednesday battled well in the second half and for that alone a point is most welcome.



1 Dorus De Vries      :      Lee Grant 1
2 Ashley Williams      :      Tony McMahon 19
3 Marcos Painter      :      Richard Wood 16
16 Garry Monk      :      Mark Beevers 15
22 Angel Rangel      :      Tommy Spurr 2
6 Ferrie Bodde      :      Sean McAllister 8
7 Leon Britton      :      Etienne Esajas 11
8 Darren Pratley      :      Jimmy Smith 14
11 Mark Gower      :      James O'Connor 17
28 Thomas Butler      :      Deon Burton 10
9 Jason Scotland      :      Marcus Tudgay 7
10 Andrea Orlandi      :      Peter Gilbert 3
18 Gorka Pintado      :      Jermaine Johnson 23
14 Jordi Gomez      :      Steve Watson 6
12 Febian Brandy      :      Richard O'Donnell 22
5 Alan Tate      :      Leon Clarke 18

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