Who Hit The Target? - Swansea City 4 - 1 Gillingham Match Report
Swansea are in the hat for the FA Cup 5th round after a commanding 4-1 win over Gillingham at the Liberty Stadium. When the draw was made, this might have been looked at as a potential slip up, especially after Gillingham’s 1-0 win over Cardiff in the 3rd round. However, a full strength team proved to have far too much talent for the League One outfit and will be hoping for another favourable draw to reach the FA Cup quarter finals. After their win at the weekend, Bet UK take a look at the 3 Swansea players who impressed us the most.
The Swans got off to a quick start thanks to 2 first half goals from their number 9. McBurnie has rediscovered his goal scoring touch in the New Year and will be hoping to take that into Swansea’s game against Birmingham on Tuesday. After 10 minutes, Erwin Mulder started a quick counter attack that ended up with McBurnie heading in from Leroy Fer’s deep cross. The striker was left all alone in the area before heading perfectly into the far corner. On the half hour mark, McBurnie made it two after latching onto Barrie McKay’s deft backheel. Running into the box, McBurnie fired low past Gills keeper Tomas Holy to double Swansea’s lead. That’s 13 for the season now for McBurnie, including 5 in his last 3 starts.
Gillingham pulled a goal back just after half time, but a bit of magic from Bersant Celina restored Swansea’s 2 goal advantage. The Kosovo international was playing in a deeper midfield role behind Leroy Fer and Barrie McKay, similar to the formation Swansea deployed against Sheffield United. Celina was instrumental in a number of Swansea attacks and was the team's main focal point for much of the match. His performance was topped off with 20 minutes remaining however. Picking the ball up 30 yards from goal, Celina cut inside onto his right foot and hammered a shot across Holy into the top corner. Celina is no stranger to an impressive goal but this is surely his best yet in a Swansea shirt.
As Gillingham pushed forward for a second goal, Swansea looked dangerous time and time again on the counter attack. On 84 minutes, Celina played the ball to McBurnie on the edge of the Gillingham half, before spraying a ball out wide to Daniel James on the right-hand side. James’ pace took him into the Gillingham box before playing a ball into the 6 yard box, where Barrie McKay was waiting to slide the ball home. It was a welcome reward for McKay who had looked lively all game. From hitting the post just 6 minutes in, to providing the assist for McBurnie’s second goal, this was one of McKay’s more impressive performances for Graham Potter’s side.
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