Who Hit The Target? - Swansea City 3-1 Blackburn Rovers Match Report
Swansea City fought back from a goal down with a dominant second half display to claim their first win in 4 matches. The Swans failed to get out of their own half in the opening 45 and were made to pay through Charlie Mulgrew’s penalty. Blackburn winger Adam Armstrong made a run into the box before playing in Amari’i Bell who was fouled by Kyle Naughton. Mulgrew happily dispatched his 3rd penalty of the season as Blackburn took a deserved lead.
Rovers continued to dominate the first half as Swansea didn’t look like creating any clear cut chances. At half time, manager Graham Potter made a risky double substitution, bringing on Leroy Fer and Jay Fulton to replace Tom Carroll and Martin Olsson. The pair immediately made a difference and Swansea impressed in the second half.
Jay Fulton’s Immediate Impact Off The Bench
Jay Fulton has mostly been restricted to coming off the bench this season for the Swans. The young midfielder was given the second half to show what he can do against Blackburn and he gave Potter plenty to think about ahead of the weekend. It was Fulton that was responsible for the equaliser. His long-range effort cannoned off the post onto the back of Blackburn keeper David Raya before trickling over the line. Without Fulton having the confidence to shoot from distance, Swansea wouldn’t have been able to come back to win.
Daniel James Can Be Swansea’s Secret Weapon
Daniel James has been one of many emerging stars for Swansea City this season and he continues to impress. Initially, James’ strength is his lightning pace but he is now adding a final product to his game. It was James’ run and pass that created Swansea’s second goal. Getting the ball on the halfway line, James ran through the Blackburn defence before placing a perfectly weighted ball into Connor Roberts’ path. Roberts finished easily to complete Swansea’s 5 minute comeback. James had a chance of his own a few minutes later, but could only hit the near post with a fierce shot.
Leroy Fer Shows Why He Is Club Captain
Swansea’s captain has struggled with injuries and fitness this season, but last night he looked back to his best. Fer was the second player introduced at half time and although Fulton stole the show, Fer’s contribution was just as important. The Dutch international is one of the more senior players in a young Swansea side, and his leadership and experience added a new dimension to Swansea’s play. His energy late on allowed him to take the ball in the Blackburn half before playing in Bersant Celina with a through ball. Celina dinked the ball over David Raya in goal to complete Swansea’s 3-1 comeback.
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