Who Hit The Target - Brentford 2-3 Swansea City
After a season of promising youngsters breaking into the first team, it was Swansea’s old guard who gave them their first win in 3 games. Swansea were on the front foot direct from kick off and raced into a 3-0 lead after just 27 minutes. Brentford did eventually fight back, but a resilient Swansea back line held on for a vital 3 points. After their win on the road, Swansea sit in 12th on 29 points, 7 points outside the play off places.
A surprise return to the starting lineup for Wayne Routledge, paid dividends very early on against Brentford. Barry McKay’s early pressure won Swansea the ball on the edge of Brentford’s box, before a simple ball into the box gave Routledge an easy finish. This was Routledge’s first start since the end of September, and his first appearance at all since Swansea’s 0-0 draw with Wigan. His performance was above and beyond what Graham Potter could have hoped for. Ahead of Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, he will certainly have something to think about.
If Wayne Routledge’s appearance was a surprise to Swansea fans, seeing Nathan Dyer on the other side might have been even more shocking. But just as Routledge impressed, Dyer showed that he should still very much be a part of Graham Potter’s plans. Swansea’s second goal at Griffin Park came from Dyer’s attacking flair. Dyer picked up the ball on the left hand side, before playing the ball inside. Continuing his run into the box, Dyer’s low cross was turned in by Chris Mepham. Swansea were truly in control and 2 goals to the good after 20 minutes.
Swansea captain Leroy Fer was one of the more impressive players at Griffin Park, and his previous experience became clear. He capped his performance off with a remarkable goal just before the half hour mark. A free kick from the left hand side was cleared to Routledge, who played a rabona cross into the back post. Oli McBurnie met the cross with an overhead kick, which kindly fell to Fer who happily slid the ball home. The finish might have been simple, but the passage of play that led up to the goal was something out of the ordinary.
Brentford pulled one back through Ollie Watkins before the break, but still looked in control going into the break. Said Benrahama’s free kick found the top corner to give Swansea a nervy end to the game, but Potter will be proud of his team for preserving their 3-2 win. Swansea will be hoping to kick on from their win when they face Sheffield Wednesday at home on Saturday.