Swansea City 3-1 Bolton Wanderers – Match Review

Swansea maintained their impressive record at the Liberty Stadium as they strolled to a comfortable 3-1 win over 10-man Bolton Wanderers who are now facing up to an arduous relegation battle.

After a goalless first period Joe Allen and a Scott Sinclair penalty gave the Swans a two goal advantage during the second half before Danny Graham scored an own to give the Trotters hope. He then dashed their comeback dreams in stoppage time scoring for the fourth successive game to make sure of the points and make sure the home side remained unbeaten on their own patch. It’s yet another defeat for Owen Coyle as he continues to try and lift his Wanderers side out of the drop zone. Their task was made harder after Ricardo Gardner was controversially dismissed in the first half. Defeat saw them drop another place to 19th as they lost their eighth game of the season and second on the trot. In truth Coyle’s side never put up much of a fight as the Swans produced a dominating display that saw them rise into the top half of the table. It’s some achievement for Brendan Rodgers considering this is his first time managing in the Premier League and he knows that their current home form will stand them in good stead if they want to remain in the top flight.

An early penalty appeal was turned down by referee Mark Clattenburg after skipper Mark Gower tumbled under the challenge of David Wheater in what was an eventful first forty five minutes. Bolton tried in vain to work some openings but were restricted to long range efforts by a mean Swansea defence. David N’Gog, up front on his own after Kevin Davies was dropped to the bench, fired a 20-yard cracker that stung the fingertips of Michael Vorm in the home goal. That was as good as it got for the Trotters as Swansea cranked up the pressure and should have taken the lead through Graham only for the former Watford striker to fire wide under pressure from Gary Cahill. Controversy then reigned supreme after Clattenburg decided to send Gardner off for holding back Nathan Dyer just after the restart. The Jamaican had been cautioned earlier for a foul on the winger although the decision seemed incredibly harsh.

That gave Swansea a man advantage which they exploited to the maximum taking the lead four minutes into the second half through Allen. With Bolton still reeling from Gardner’s red card the Welsh midfielder burst through a gap in the defence to slide past Jussi Jaaskelainen to score for the second game in a row after Gower played him through from a free kick. Sinclair then doubled the lead soon after calmly slotting home from 12-yards after former Swans favourite Darren Prately fouled Angel Rangel in the area. Allen should then have secured the points only to fire wide from 15-yards before Graham rattled the crossbar. The striker was just as unlucky at the other end slicing Chris Eagles’ whipped free kick into the net to give the travelling Trotters fans some hope of a comeback. But those were put to bed by Graham as he calmed the Liberty faithful’s nerves after they surrender a two goal lead at Wolves last week. Their record signing kept his composure after being put through by Leon Brittain to finish past Jaaskelainen and move the Swans into the heady heights of 10th.