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30/10 Swansea 2nd Half
By: Tony Butcher
NO changes were made by either team at half time. Within 30 seconds Town had ripped through Swansea and happiness was on the horizon. A thrust, repulsed, Daly suddenly sent free on the centre right behind the defence and bearing down on goal.
Grimsby Town 1 Swansea City 1
Trundle started to run at the Town defence, especially on the right and this caused minor mayhem, only the fourth and fifth defenders stopped him. He was very Sestanovichian in his rumblings, producing heart flutters in the home fans, but, as yet, nothing tangible. Spoke too soon? Trundle shot from 25 yards out, the ball hit a Town boot and looped up beyond the stars. Williams stuttered back, leapt up and just managed to tap the ball over the bar for a corner. Free kick to them, 30 yards out. A two man wall, Trundle whacked, the ball zoomed straight to Williams, low to his right. He even held on to it for once.
Swansea waltzed around, often having spare men on the flanks, but rarely looking up and passing. Twenty minutes left, a Swansea cross from the left sailed through the area and away, no danger, nowhere near anyone. A striker was seen falling at the near post when the ball was already beyond the far post. No Townite thought anything of it and concentrated on the Town attack to be. How confusing for us to see the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Jones was booked, Forbes hid and Iâ€™ve no idea who did what. Forbes appeared to be nearest the stumbling Swan, so it may have been him. Or not. Who knows? Does the ref?. TRUNDLE walked up, plonked the ball down and whacked it to Williamsâ€™ left. Half the Pontoon roared, for Williams had gone the right way, but soon hid underneath their baseball caps as they saw the ball rolling around the back of the net.
Town continued their rather messy approach to promotion; rather speculative punting, relying on Daly the wall, Cramb the whirl and Parky the "curl up and hide under a pebble please". Parkinson seemed to spend the whole of the second half running into Swansea players. Ah, at last, he looks up. Sent free down the right , Parkinson hit the bye-line and fizzed a low cross into the centre, Daly slid through the centre of the six yards box, but Gueret caught the ball at his near post. Cramb almost controlled a long ball on the right, then messed up a long ball down the left, trying to lob-volley the â€˜keeper from 20 yards when behind the defence. Daly almost reached a nice little through pass from Cramb, Gueret plucked from his toes. Gueret caught a bouncing ball, raising his foot into Dalyâ€™s groin. Well, it if it had been there, it would have been his groin. Get the picture? Town werenâ€™t creating but relying upon happenstance.
Deep into the half Cramb and Austin were booked for what will officially be deemed an off-the- ball incident which Arsene Wenger didnâ€™t see. Austin canoodled Cramb as the short term Scotchman sprinted down the middle. Cramb reacted by pushing, the daytripping referee hadnâ€™t a clue what happened so took the easy way out. He only had to ask the Pontoon and weâ€™d have told him.
Swansea had some more attacks. They looked dangerous; there were several scrambles and shots which screwed wide or were blocked. I canâ€™t be bothered to remember more about them. Perhaps the mist would creep in some more and engulf the Osmond Stand. Thatâ€™d be nice and be a good excuse to end it all. With about 10 minutes left Pinault was finally brought on for Crowe. The cabinet reshuffle saw John Redwood plucked from the stand to be the enigmatic right winger with a silly hairstyle. Or was it that Terry Fleming went to right wingish-sort-of-back-type midfielder? Pinault did a couple of passes, including a little dinker for Cramb, who raced down the right, cut in and, from about a dozen yard out, cracked a low shot goalwards. Gueret saved, pushing it out to the centre. Fleming got a little too excited and volleyed over an almost open goal from about fifteen yards out. He could have passed it to Pinault or Daly but he didnâ€™t - ball into top row of the Pontoon.
From a free kick about 40 yards out from the Swansea goal the ball was dimpled in to the centre of the penalty area. Whittle was hauled down as the ball neared. No penalty. Not that anyone was that bothered about getting one; weâ€™d rather not have our hopes raised falsely. As added time approached a Swansea player headed over from close in to the Town goal. So what.
Three minutes of added time were given, which was less than the hold up for Reddyâ€™s injury, but there you are. During this period I am assured by those close to me that I was awake. I therefore did not dream that Coldicott almost scored from 40 yards out. Well, when I say nearly, I actually mean it was not beyond the limits of the present laws of probability. Gueret, on the left of his area, fluffed a punt straight to Stacy who took one touch and lobbed the ball a yard or so wide of the left hand post. Look, it was Stace, no-one remotely considered the possibility it would actually go in.
Thank goodness for that, itâ€™s over, we can get on with the rest of our lives. Some people have cucumbers to cultivate.
Was it that bad? Yes, in one way. Swansea were sufficiently competent to easily repel what was sent out in our name. Swansea spent about an hour content to pose in midfield, but when they attacked Town wilted. But they still only managed a couple of shots on target all game. Swansea looked to be just about the best team Town have faced so far, about on a par with Bristol Rovers, but they werenâ€™t frightening in any way. Town were just, well, rubbish; which isnâ€™t surprising when the players of distinction were absent, two by choice of the manager. He selected a team that probably wouldnâ€™t lose, rather than one that could win. Town will remain in mid-table with that attitude.
If that starting XI turns up next Saturday then Scunthorpe will be happy, and the fans wonâ€™t be. Iâ€™d rather not think about this game again. Delete from memory bank. Press Y for yes. Are you sure? You have successfully erased the Swansea game. Do you wish to continue?
Nickoâ€™s Man of the Match
Sir John McDermott, in absentia. The best one could say for anyone on the pitch was that they were alright. Cramb, perhaps, for his impact, Daly was okay for an hour or so until he tired. Gordon didnâ€™t do anything wrong. Apart from missing a penalty. Erm, erm, erm, excuse me whilst I meditate. No, I stick by John McDermott; you donâ€™t realise how much we need you, we could never really live without you.
Mr M Cowburn. And yes, he did officiate like a bovine backside. Why he made decisions no one knows. Without the aid of computer-generated illustrations it isnâ€™t possible for far away Pontoonites to establish why he gave Swansea a penalty. He liked to book players, especially for dissent, and one never was sure what would happen next. Was he sleeping too? The slide rule and sextant are out, and the triangle of trash says the tangent of trouble equals the opposite of obvious over the adjacent to actuality, 4.744. Weâ€™d sure like to pull the trigonometry on him.
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