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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:57 11th August 2009

Swans ease past Brighton in Carling Cup

The Swans eased into round two of the Carling Cup with this comfortable 3-0 victory over Brighton.

It was one way traffic in the first-half but the home side had to wait until the 17th minute before breaking the deadlock as Garry Monk headed home after Alan Tate's initial effort bounced back off the post.

The League One side did threaten early on in the second period but Stephen Dobbie's first goal in Swansea City colours on the hour made it difficult for the Seagulls to get back into this contest.

And the Scottish striker wrapped things up deep into injury-time when he tapped in a simple effort to finish the scoring.

Paulo Sousa made five changes to the starting eleven for this Carling Cup first round clash.

Matty Collins and Fede Bessone came in for Angel Rangel and Ashley Williams at the back while Jordi Lopez and Andrea Orlandi took the places of Shaun MacDonald and the injured Joe Allen in midfield.

There was also a straight swap in attack with Stephen Dobbie coming in for Gorka Pintado.

Brighton, meanwhile, stuck to the same eleven that were beaten 1-0 by Walsall at the weekend.

Former Swansea City winger Kevin McLeod was named amongst the substitutes.

Swans: Dorus de Vries; Matty Collins (Angel Rangel, 61'), Garry Monk(C), Alan Tate, Fede Bessone; Jordi Lopez (Guillem Bauza, 56'), Leon Britton, Andrea Orlandi, Mark Gower (Kerry Morgan, 73'), Nathan Dyer; Stephen Dobbie.

Not Used: Jamie Grimes, Marcos Painter, Gorka Pintado, Chad Bond.

Brighton: Michel Kuipers, Andrew Whing, Tommy Elphick, Jake Wright (Adam El-Abd, 46'), Dean Cox, Alan Navarro, Nicky Forster, Liam Dickinson (Glenn Murray, 65'), Andrew Crofts (Mark Wright, 46'), Matt Thornhill, Adam Virgo (C).

Not Used: Kevin McLeod, James Tunnicliffe, Gary Dicker, Graeme Smith (GK).

Attendance: 6,400

Referee: G D Scott (Oxfordshire)

The visiting side found it difficult to get a hold of the ball during the early moments of this game with the Swans doing well to keep the ball away from the Seagulls' players.

Dean Cox's handball midway inside the Brighton half offered the hosts their first attacking chance while speedy full-back Fede Bessone won his side a corner on three minutes.

Mark Gower's flag-kick picked out skipper Garry Monk whose header floated over the top of Michel Kuiper's goal.

Gower had a chance of his own on eight minutes, pulling his shot wide following fine link play down the left between Andrea Orlandi and Stephen Dobbie.

The best chance of the early exchanges fell two minutes later, Fede Bessone and Gower playing a neat one-two inside the area with the former crossing low for Dyer who connected with the ball but shot just wide.

And Dyer turned provider 13 minutes in, using his pace to skip past two defenders and crossing into the heart of the area, Orlandi mis-hit it but it fell to Gower who shot high and wide.

Swansea's dominance paid dividends as they took a 17th minute lead from a set-piece. Andrea Orlandi picked himself up after being fouled by Jake Wright to take the free-kick, he found Alan Tate whose header hit the post but Garry Monk was at hand to head the rebound over the stranded Kuipers.

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But Brighton were handed a lifeline moments later, Cox floating a free-kick into the area only to see it deflect wide off the head of Tommy Elphick.

Stephen Dobbie started his first competitive game in Swansea City colours following his summer move and he came close to scoring his first goal midway through the first period, firing low at goal but missing the target by a matter of yards.

The Scottish front-man tried his luck again just after the half-hour, sending a thunderous strike high into the North Stand after Orlandi's left-sided corner was cleared to the edge of the area.

Nathan Dyer was on fire as he tormented the Brighton defence with dazzling runs and skill often seen in the dizzy heights of the Premier League.

With just over 10 minutes to go before half-time he jinxed his way into the area yet again, one-on-one with Kuipers but his shot ended at the feet of Gower at the back post, the former Southend man failing to connect properly as the ball bobbled wide.

Half-Time: Swans 1 Brighton 0

It was as you were as far as the Swansea City line-up was concerned but Brighton made a double switch for the start of the second period with Jake Wright and Wales international Andrew Crofts making way for Adam El-Abd and Mark Wright respectively.

And the changes seemed to have given Russell Slade's side a lift as they started the half brimming with more confidence than they did in the first period.

The Swans still offered a threat through the pace of Nathan Dyer while Mark Gower also came close with a half chance but Dean Cox had the first shot at goal on 53 minutes which was sent high over Dorus de Vries goal.

Paulo made his first change just shy of the hour as he looked to inject more attacking power to search for that second goal. Full debutant Jordi Lopez was replaced by Guillem Bauza who immediately went to sit behind Stephen Dobbie.

And within a few minutes he came close to doubling the Swans' lead, picking up the pieces after Dobbie's shot was saved but failed to properly connect with the shot.

But on 60 minutes the second goal they had been craving finally came, Dobbie heading down an Orlandi cross which was blocked by Adam Virgo but the striker raced onto the end of the loose ball to stab home from close-range.

Angel Rangel came on to replace Matty Collins and his fellow countryman Bauza almost made it three with a fierce strike just wide of the post following Nathan Dyer's pull back while Dobbie, who opened his Swansea City account minutes earlier, forced a save out of Kuipers who palmed the shot away for a corner.

With 17 minutes to go youngster Kerry Morgan was handed his senior debut for the Swans as he replaced Mark Gower out wide.

There was a slight scare surrounding Dobbie as the game approached the 80th minute mark as he went down heavily under a challenge but was soon back on his feet after receiving treatment behind Michel Kuipers' goal.

Brighton threw men forward in an attempt to claw themselves back into this contest but found it difficult to break down a strong Swansea City defence.

And after picking up the Carling Cup 'Man of the Match' award Nathan Dyer forced a save out of Kuipers before the home side wrapped things up in stoppage time.

Guillem Bauza beating the offside trap from Angel Rangel's through ball, the forward picked out the unmarked Stephen Dobbie inside the area and the Scot flicked the ball over the Dutch 'keeper before slotting into an empty net.

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