Match Report: Swansea 0 – 1 Bristol City

Line-ups:

Swansea:

Starting XI: Mulder, Roberts, Rodon, Van der Hoorn, Olsson, Fulton, Celina, Carroll (OFF 45), Asoro (OFF 45), McKay, McBurnie (OFF 72).

Substitutes: Montero (ON 45), Fer (ON 72), Benda, James, Grimes (ON 45), Naughton, Baker-Richards.

Bristol City:

Starting XI: Mäenpää, Hunt (OFF 84), Kalas, Webster, Kelly, Watkins (OFF 32), Pack, Brownhill, Eliasson (OFF 81), Taylor, Weimann.

Substitutes: Pisano (ON 84), Dasilva (ON 81), Baker, O’Dowda (ON 32), Walsh, Paterson (ON 81), O’Leary.

First Half:

It was a disappointing start to the game for the Swans as Bristol City opened the scoring within the first minute. Andi Weimann got a touch on the end of an Eliasson cross to bundle the ball past Erwin Mulder and into the Swansea net with only 29 seconds on the clock.

An effort from Celina was headed off the line as Swansea begin to grow into the match, the misplaced passes and sloppy play from the opening 15 minutes seems to have disappeared, however, Bristol City still look dangerous.

Fortunately for Swansea, City danger-man Marley Watkins was forced off with injury and was replaced by Callum O’Dowda in the 32nd minute.

Following the substitution Bristol City break as Hunt’s cross is met by Eliasson at the back post, however, an excellent close-range save from Mulder prevents the Swede from doubling their lead.

It was all Bristol City leading up to half time with O’Dowda coming on and taking over from Watkins with the creative spark.

Swansea once again went forward with Celina, and his shot went inches wide of the post.

Half Time:

Swansea City 0 – 1 Bristol City.

A disappointing start for Swansea after falling behind so early and there’s been no sign of improvement either.

Bristol City have continued to test Mulder whereas the Swansea forwards failed to register a shot on target in comparison to the four saves that the Robins have asked of Mulder.

Improvement necessary if yhe Swans are to get anything out of this game.

Second Half:

The second half begins with a double substitution for Swansea with Tom Carroll being replaced by Matt Grimes and Joel Asoro being replaced by Jefferson Montero.

It’s Swansea who had the first chance of the second half as Montero gets in on the action as his corner reaches the head of Fulton but he can’t test Mäenpää.

Bristol City striker Andi Weimann finds himself in acres of space following a free kick for the Robins, however, instead of shooting he cuts the ball across goal and the shot is fired wide. A huge chance for the visitors to double their lead.

Swansea were hugely disappointing once again, second to every ball and losing every 50/50 as Mulder has to produce another save to deny Taylor. It just didn’t clicked for the Swans.

However, following the save, McKay breaks and finds McBurnie who lays the ball of to Celina but his effort curls wide.

McBurnie is replaced by Fer in the 72nd minute as Swansea continue to grow into the game. Leroy Fer has an effort blocked before Van der Hoorn has a header cleared off the line by Weimann from the resulting corner.

It was all Swansea as the match enters the last 10 minutes. Two substitutions for the visitors as Eliasson and Hunt make way for Dasilva and Pisano in the 81st minute and 84th minute respectively.

A late barrage of Swansea attacks is rewarded with nothing substantial.

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Swans as it was all just a little too late. Their unbeaten start is over.

Full Time:

Swansea City 0 – 1 Bristol City.

Player Ratings:

Starting XI: Mulder (7), Roberts (6), Rodon (5), Van der Hoorn (5), Olsson (5), Fulton (7), Carroll (5), Celina (7), Asoro (4), McKay (6), McBurnie (5).

Subs: Montero (6), Grimes (6), Fer (6).

Swansea Man of the Match: Jay Fulton.

Picture Credit: Swansea City

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