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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
23:26 24th August 2010

Carling Cup: Tranmere 1 Swans 3

Swansea City came from behind to beat Tranmere at Prenton Park and secure a place in the third round of the Carling Cup.

The Swans found themselves trailing to a Enoch Showumni strike at half-time, but a much-improved performance after the break secured victory via goals from Cedric van der Gun, Scott Sinclair and Shefki Kuqi.

Tranmere: Joe Collister; Liam Darville, Max Blanchard, Ian Goodison, Aaron Cresswell; John Welsh (C), Paul McLaren (Adam McGurk, 82'), Joss Labadie; Terry Gornell (Lucas Akins, 82'), Enoch Showumni, Ian Thomas-Moore.

Not Used: Tim Cathalina, Nick Wood, Ryan Fraughan, Zoumana Bakayogo, Simon Miotto.

Swans:Dorus de Vries; Albert Serran, Ashley Williams, Garry Monk(C), Neil Taylor (Alan Tate, 87'); Jordi Lopez (Stephen Dobbie, 57'), Andrea Orlandi, Joe Allen, Casey Thomas (Scott Sinclair, 57'), Cedric van der Gun; Shefki Kuqi.

Not Used:David Cornell (GK), Scott Donnelly, Jazz Richards, Joe Walsh.

Attendance: 2,450

Brendan Rodgers made a number of changes to his side. Young winger Casey Thomas started his first ever senior game while Joe Allen continued his recovery from a shoulder injury to start in midfied.

Neil Taylor made his full debut at left-back in place of Alan Tate, who dropped to the bench, and Jordi Lopez, Cedric van der Gun, Andrea Orlandi and Shefki Kuqi were also included.

Rodgers said before this game that a win would be the best tonic for his side following the disappointing defeat at Norwich three days earlier.

While the manager made no fewer than seven changes, the side fielded for the start of this clash at Prenton Park was one still capable of doing the job.

And the Swans were almost gifted an fine chance just two minutes in when Ian Goodison's weak back pass was almost pounced upon by Joe Allen, but 'keeper Joe Collister was quick off his line to clear any danger.

The visitors were comfortable in possession and as they went forward, but unfortunately this game was lacking chances from both sides early on.

Allen did do well to latch on to the end of Ashley Williams looping pass only to see his cross comfortably held by Collister, while Joss Labadie fired Tranmere's first attempt at goal on 18 well wide.

But, against the run of play, the home side found themselves in front four minutes later. A long clearance downfield from Collister found its way over the defende into the path of Enoch Showumni, he took the ball past Dorus de Vries and, from the angle, struck into an empty net.

Joe Allen offered an immediate response when he shrugged off his marker to fire into the side netting in what was a frustrating and uneventful opening half for Brendan Rodgers' men.

Half-Time: Tranmere 1 Swans 0

The Swans needed a lift at the start of the second period and within two minutes of the re-start it was that man again, Joe Allen, who was gifted with his best opportunity of the evening.

Great build-up play from Cedric van der Gun saw the ball reach Andrea Orlandi and his killer through ball split the defence, Allen was on the end of his but his shot was well saved by Collister who pushed it away for a corner.

Orlandi could be credited with another assist moments later as his cross was headed across goal and just wide by Shefki Kuqi, while Allen fired through the crowd only to see his low 54th minute effort saved by the 'keeper.

An extra edge in attack was needed and just before the hour both Stephen Dobbie and Scott Sinclair were introduced to the fray - the latter handed a chance to level from a free-kick on 65 minutes but that was sent high into the Cowshed Stand.

But it was two of the players that started the game that played an important role in the Swans levelling the score with a little over quarter of an hour remaining.

Andrea Orlandi kept his composure to see off Tranmere's strength to crash a thunderous shot past Joe Collister, that struck the underside of the crossbar and Cedric van der Gun was first on the scene to bundle it home from a matter of yards.

And it got even better for the visitors as they turned the game on its head two minutes later to take the lead as Scott Sinclair burst into the area and made no mistake to open his Swansea account.

Now they looked like a side with even more confidence than before as they went seeking a third, Sinclair almost adding a second before fellow replacement Dobbie shot across goal and just past the post.

And despite a small spell of pressure from Rovers it was almost game over five minutes from time when Kuqi towered above the defence to head an Orlandi corner inches over the bar.

Sinclair could have sealed it himself in the closing stages as he was on the end of Dobbie through ball but fired low straight at Collister, but the final nail in he coffin was hammered home by Shefki Kuqi who shot low across the 'keeper into the bottom corner.

    Data provided by Press Association