Boing’s 2 Swans 1

Thursday, 7 September 2000, 0:00
1 min read

The team were again more than a match against a higher division team due to being well organised and working for each other. Most of the first half was played from penalty area to penalty area, with both defences on top. There were a coupe of scares when an Albion player failed to connect with a header from a deep cross when well placed. The second with an attempt hitting the outside of the post and going to safety. Watkin went off just before half time being replaced by Mutton. The second half came with us thinking with a bit of luck we could sneak a result. The tempo of the game had increased with Albion subs especially Roberts making a difference. He was causing problems with his lay offs and holding the ball up for support. Their goal actually came from a mistake by the dependable Bound, who tried to direct a through ball back to Rog with his head, but only made slight contact allowing Roberts through placing the ball passed the advancing Freestone. Roberts came on for Keegan, and with the Swans mounting pressure but not hurting the Albion, Price found himself in the box and was clipped on the ankle. A penalty given by the ref. If it had been given against us we would have thought a bit harsh, as it seemed as if he played for it. After a bit of moaning from the West Brom players Bound was allowed to take the kick. No problem the fans went wild. How the mood had changed from silence to non stop chants. The game looked to be going to extra time when three minutes from the end they got their second. It was at the far end so not sure exactly how but it seemed as if after a couple of blocks Rog saved but Roberts reacted quickest and it was in. Not much play after that before the final whistle. The players had again done themselves justice, and gave a good account. The difference was again shown as our lack of ideas up front. Albion did have a multi million pound strike force which cannot be compared against ours. But and it is a big BUT we do not have strikers who can turn half chances into goal attempts. They work hard but lack the killer instinct as the first option is always to look for the pass. Watkin was replaced at HT leaving us wondering God forbid losing one of two striker’s again!! Surely he’s supposed to start scoring regularly before he gets injured 😉 Anyway again to end on a high note. The Albion fans were relieved to get the result as we again played as a unit covering the whole pitch. So even though the result went against us, it was an enjoyable game.

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