• Date: Sat 06 February 2010
  • Venue: Liberty Stadium
  • Ref: Gibbs, P
  • Attendance: 14,659
Swansea City

Swansea City

Cotterill (35)

Williams (48)

2 - 0

Swansea City vs Preston North End

Team Lineups

Swansea City

Dorus de Vries
Ashley Williams
Alan Tate
Gary Monk
Federico Bessone
Leon Britton
Darren Pratley
Nathan Dyer
Joe Allen (Andrea Orlandi, 87)
David Cotterill (Thomas Butler, 79)
Gorka Pintado (Shefki Kuqi, 72)

Preston North End

Andy Lonergan
Michael Hart
Youl Mawene
Sean St Ledger
Billy Jones
Eddie Nolan (Darren Carter, 64)
Paul Coutts
Keith Treacy (Jon Parkin, 50)
Chris Brown
Danny Welbeck
Neil Mellor (Ross Wallace, 51)

Match Report
Swansea City kept up their play-off charge with a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Preston North End at the Liberty Stadium. David Cotterill and Ashley Williams found the net either side of half-time as the Swans completely outplayed their visitors. There was no place in the Swans squad for Angel Rangel, while Gorka Pintado continued up front, leaving Shefki Kuqi on the bench. Swansea went close in the 15th minute when Darren Pratley crossed to Pintado but his header glanced wide of the post when he was well placed. Midway through the half Darren Pratley and Nathan Dyer combined to send the ball drifting across the danger area, but no-one was on hand to turn it into the net. In the 28th minute there were shouts for a penalty when Dyer went down in the area following a challenge by Sean St Ledger and Andy Lonergan. The Preston keeper resumed after lengthy treatment to a facial injury. The Swans took the lead in the 35th minute when Cotterill was brought down by Youl Mawene on the edge of the area. Cotterill took the free-kick himself and curled the ball over the wall and into the far corner with Lonergan hopeless. No changes were made for the second half that began with Dyer streaking threw the Preston defence, only to send his right-foot shot spinning beyond the far post. Three minutes after the break the Swans doubled their lead when Williams rose highest to head a Cotterill free-kick into the back of the net. Joe Allen sent Lonergan sprawling to his right to push away a 25-yard drive as the home side kept up the pressure and in the 78th minute Cotterill rifled a shot against the post with the keeper beaten. All three substitutes were used by the Swans but they couldn't add to their tally, although it was a very convincing victory.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

90
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Nathan Dyer.

89
Yellow Card
 

Michael Hart is booked for unsporting behaviour.

87
Substitution
 

Joe Allen is replaced by Andrea Orlandi.

82
Yellow Card
 

Jon Parkin is booked for unsporting behaviour.

82
Yellow Card
 

Darren Pratley goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

79
Substitution
 

David Cotterill is replaced by Thomas Butler.

72
Substitution
 

Swansea are replacing Gorka Pintado with Shefki Kuqi.

64
Substitution
 

Eddie Nolan is being taken off, Darren Carter has come on in his place.

62
Yellow Card
 

Eddie Nolan is booked for unsporting behaviour.

54
Yellow Card
 

Ross Wallace is booked for unsporting behaviour.

51
Substitution
 

Neil Mellor is being taken off, Ross Wallace has come on in his place.

50
Substitution
 

Keith Treacy is being taken off, Jon Parkin has come on in his place.

48
Goal
 

Goal!! Ashley Williams scores for Swansea.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by P Gibbs

35
Goal
 

Goal!! Swansea have scored with David Cotterill putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

It's 1pm on Saturday, February 6th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Swansea face Preston at 1pm on Saturday, February 6th.