The Swans’ 3-2 win over Brentford at Griffin Park yesterday was the first win for Graham Potter’s side since losing to Norwich, West Brom and Derby previously.
A much needed three points today has kept the clubs’ ambitions alive of finishing in a top four position come the end of the season, which will hopefully see the Swans back to the promised land, the Premier League.
Graham Potter made several changes for yesterday’s game, as an opted back four approach was implemented to sure up the defence after leaking goals recently. With Kyle Naughton coming into the side to replace Cameron Carter-Vickers, Potter was hopeful of keeping a first clean sheet since the 11th November, seeing off Bolton Wanderers in a 1-0 win.
The big news coming out of the away dressing room was the returning Wayne Routledge in the starting 11 after an injury had been keeping the winger out of action. In addition to this, Nathan Dyer had impressed in training and the former Premier League champion was back in the side today as the title winner provided pace and width down the left hand flank to push Swansea to those all-important three points.
As for Brentford today, the Greater London club will be feeling disappointed in tasting defeat as an impressive 1-1 draw away at the Hawthorns last time out left Thomas Frank feeling optimistic about this game. The defeat to Swansea leaves the Bees 18th in the table and only four points outside of the dreaded drop zone.
With a massive game next Saturday against relegation rivals Hull City, the Bees will be hoping to secure three points and relieve the pressure of edging ever so closer to the bottom three.
As of the action from yesterday’s game, the Swans got the game underway at Griffin Park and many felt this one could go either way. The first goal of the game came just moments after kick-off as Brentford tried to play out from the back, losing the ball due to a very high pressing Barry McKay who then squared the ball into the path of the returning Wayne Routledge.
The Brentford fans will be left feeling extremely frustrated as this goal could of so easily have been prevented. Just one minute had gone and Swansea had taken the lead. A short while after on 22 minutes, Swansea doubled their lead through a Chris Mepham own goal. Nathan Dyer received the ball on the left hand side, picked out Barry McKay in a pocket of space who then faintly touched the ball onto Oliver McBurnie, only to pick out Nathan Dyer who played the ball across the box which lead to Chris Mepham failing to sort his feet out and the ball ricocheted in on off the defenders left boot. A nice move from Swansea which was started and finished by the returning Nathan Dyer, 2-0.
Only five minutes later and Leroy Fer added a third at Griffin Park. An initial free-kick from Barry McKay was retrieved by Wayne Routledge who superbly delivered an in in swinging ‘Rabona’ Cross which was met my Oliver McBurnie and his acrobatic effort fell to feet of Leroy Fer who tapped in from close range.
Moments before half-time, Brentford forward Ollie Watkins halved the deficit as an initial Josh McEachran strike from distance smashed off the crossbar and into the path of the former Exeter man who nodded home from close range.
Half-Time: Brentford 1-3 Swansea
14 minutes after the break, Said Benrahma got Brentford right back into the game as his free-kick flew over the Swansea City wall and into the top corner, leaving Erwin Mudler routed to the spot.
Full-Time: Brentford 2-3 Swansea
Ultimately, Swansea’s first-half domination proved to be the difference maker in this game as Brentford failed to get back on level terms in the second-half.
Graham Potter will be relieved that his side are back to winning ways, as the push will continue to finish the season in a play-off position.
Picture Credit: Swansea City