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Swansea City (1) 3 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2008-09

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Referee: Kevin Wright

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Liberty Stadium 15:00

Attendance: 14,020

Manager: Jim Magilton

Match Number: 3293

Goals

Home
 Scotland (3)
 Scotland (73)
 Gomez (85)
Away
 

Substitutions

Home
GowerButler (75)
AllenPintado (83)
DyerBauza (89)

Cards

Home
 Tate (57)
Away
 David Norris (41)
 Alan Quinn (69)

Teams

Home

DeVries

Williams

Tate

Monk

Serran

Britton

Gower

Gomez

Allen

Dyer

Scotland

Substitutes

Home

Orlandi

Pintado

Bessone

Bauza

Butler

Match Report

Ice-cool Swans enjoy a double Scotch

Jason Scotland made it 11 goals in 11 games with a brace to help Swansea stretch their unbeaten league run to 13 at an ice-cold Liberty Stadium.

The Trinidad and Tobago striker took just three minutes to put the home side in front after converting Albert Serran's cross from the right.

With 17 minutes to go, Nathan Dyer was the supplier and Scotland created space for himself to turn and drive low into the bottom left-hand corner from 10 yards.

It was Scotland's 15th league goal of the season.

Jordi Gomez's 30-yard free-kick five minutes from time put the gloss on the display as the Swans moved up to seventh in the table - just two points off the play-offs with a game in hand.

Boss Roberto Martinez admitted: "We are now in a position where we can dream of the play-offs.

"We had five first-team players out and that was going to push the squad to the maximum again.

"It would be unfair to single a player out, but Jason is a goalscorer and has that magic touch."

Spanish defender Serran, making his first league appearance since an £80,000 summer switch from Espanyol, fed Scotland for the opening goal.

Ipswich were rocked, but managed to regain their composure and tried to pack out the midfield while providing some useful balls to Owen Garvan and Kevin Lisbie.

Chances were few and far between for Jim Magilton's Tractor Boys, who struggled to carve out anything clear-cut thanks to some solid defending.

The introduction of Pablo Counago after the break seemed to help the visitors and David Norris had their first chance after 50 minutes, sending a curling shot just outside the right upright.

Moments later, Tommy Miller drove low to Dorus de Vries' right but the ball went wide of the target.

However, Swansea restored control and in the 73rd minute Dyer set up Scotland to double the lead from inside the box, before Gomez netted his ninth league goal of the season with a sweet 30-yard free kick.

"I thought we had opportunities, but we didn't take them and they made their moments count," said under-fire Ipswich boss Jim Magilton.

"I don't think we had that incisiveness that we normally have.

"It was up to us to be the aggressors and we knew we could be exploited."

David Dulin (sundaymirror.co.uk)

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