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Report: Swansea 4 Blackpool 2

Posted: Tue 07 Aug 2012
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Seasiders Beaten In Pre-Season Encounter

A hat-trick from former Pool loan striker Danny Graham helped Swansea to a 4-2 victory over The Seasiders in a pre-season friendly.

Despite a goal from Ludovic Sylvestre and another from the penalty spot dispatched by Tom Ince, it was The Swans who made the most of their opportunities on the ball to give Michael Laudrup his first win at the Liberty Stadium.

The home side opened the scoring inside a minute, Danny Graham latched on to a back pass from Barry Ferguson and rounded Matt Gilks to put the home side in front.

SWANSEA CITY 1 BLACKPOOL 0

A real passing affair, both sides were battling to keep the ball and dictate play. It was the home side that was managing to do just that in the opening stages, continuing their attacking brand of football under new manager Michael Laudrup.

The Swans doubled their advantage on 16 minutes, goalscorer Danny Graham picked out summer arrival Michu and he ghosted clear to slot past Matt Gilks.

SWANSEA CITY 2 BLACKPOOL 0

The Seasiders, who were wearing their brand new third kit, were still seeing enough of the ball but were failing to put it where it counts, until Ludovic Sylvestre struck the bar with an effort from 25-yards. The Frenchman then brought Blackpool back into the game on 22 minutes when he hit the ball on the half-volley past Michel Vorm.

SWANSEA CITY 2 BLACKPOOL 1

Matt Gilks had to be alert seconds after the restart as Michu got on the end of a threaded pass across the box but the Spaniard fired straight at the keeper. Winger Wayne Routledge then had a great chance to restore Swansea's advantage moments later, yet the former QPR and Tottenham man blazed over from 12-yards.

Tom Ince, who was scheduled to come on at half-time, was introduced earlier than planned and came on for Chris Basham with 40 minutes of the game played. The winger was involved straight away and forced a corner out of Vorm with a near post strike.

Another wayward pass before the interval gave the home side the chance to restore their two-goal advantage, Nathan Dyer latched on to the ball cut inside Alex Baptiste and played the ball across to Danny Graham for his second and Swansea's third of the evening.

HALF-TIME SCORE: SWANSEA CITY 3 BLACKPOOL 1

The Seasiders made another three changes at the break, Scott Robertson, Angel Martinez and Tiago Gomes coming on for Barry Ferguson, Ludovic Sylvestre and Elliot Grandin.

The flow of the game continued, with Swansea have the best opportunities of the first 15 minutes in the second-half. The home side made a changes on the hour, bringing on sub keeper Gerhard Tremmel, while Blackpool introduced Tom Barkhuizen in place of Matt Gilks.

Swansea increased their advantage just after the changes, Nathan Dyer forced a fine save out of Matt Gilks but Danny Graham was there to fire in the rebound and complete his hat-trick.

SWANSEA CITY 4 BLACKPOOL 1

Gerardo Bruna became Blackpool's sixth change of the night when he replaced Gary Taylor-Fletcher with 23 minutes to go. Further subs followed in the shape of Ash Eastham and James Caton for Ian Evatt and Neal Eardley.

The second-half was fast becoming a revolving door of substitutions, with Nathan Dyer and Chico leaving the field for Alan Tate and Leroy Lita as Michael Laudrup made a number of changes to his side. A little earlier hat-trick hero Danny Graham has also been withdrawn.

A mazy run from Tom Ince down the right led to a foul by Ashley Williams and a penalty for The Seasiders on 83 minutes. The winger picked himself up to take the spot-kick and slotted past Gerhard Tremmel.

SWANSEA CITY 4 BLACKPOOL 2

James Caton showed off some nice footwork to try and pull another goal back for Blackpool but his effort fizzled past the post, despite his appeals for a corner. Gerardo Bruna limped off during three minutes of injury time to be replaced by Jake Caprice, on a night that ended in defeat for The Seasiders.

FULL-TIME SCORE: SWANSEA CITY 4 BLACKPOOL 2

Attendance: 8,631