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21:41 21st September 2010

Super Scott the hat-trick hero in cup

Scott Sinclair inspired the Swans to Carling Cup success with a hat-trick at Peterborough.

The youngster turned in a magnificent display at London Road to take his tally to seven goals in just eight games this season.

He got the ball rolling with just five minutes on the clock but that was cancelled out when Craig Mackail-Smith levelled a minute later.

It was thrilling, end-to-end stuff until Sinclair added a second just before the break, but that fluidity continued after the re-start with both sides still pushing for goals.

But it was Sinclair who had the final say late on with a neat finish to complete a memorable treble.

Brendan Rodgers named Yves Makabu-Makalambay in his starting line-up to play Peterborough in the Carling Cup.

The Congolese international goalkeeper was a straight replacement for Dorus de Vries after penning a contract until the end of the season on Monday.

His inclusion was one of seven changes made by the manager with the likes of David Cotterill, Cedric van der Gun and Stephen Dobbie also lining-up at London Road.

Peterborough:Joe Lewis, Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Jay Davies, 86'), Kelvin Langmead (C), Gabriel Zakuani, Tommy Rowe, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (David Hibbert, 70'), Charlie Lee, Chris Whelpdale (Lee Tomlin, 56'), George Boyd, Aaron Mclean, Craig Mackail-Smith.

Not Used: Steve Collis (GK), Carl Piergianni, Arron Davies, Nathan Ralph.

Swans: Yves Makabu-Makalambay; Jazz Richards, Albert Serran, Ashley Williams, Alan Tate(C); Jordi Lopez (Mark Gower, 67'), Darren Pratley, Cedric van der Gun (Joe Allen, 70'), David Cotterill, Scott Sinclair (Nathan Dyer, 82'), Stephen Dobbie.

Not Used:David Cornell (GK), Andrea Orlandi, Scott Donnelly, Daniel Alfei.

Attendance: 4,164 Away: 188

Referee: N Miller (County Durham)

Peterborough had won all five home games prior to this fixture but Brendan Rodgers was intent on his side making progress in this compeition.

And judging by the starting line-up he was certainly going all out. Seven changes were made from the previous weekend but it was one of the players that started and starred against Scunthorpe, Scott Sinclair, who had the game's first chance when he forced Joe Lewis into saving on two minutes.

But the former Chelsea youngster went one better with five minutes as he played a key role in the visitors breaking the deadlock - Chris Whelpdale gifted Stephen Dobbie possession and the striker sent Sinclair racing into the box, he cut inside and shot straight at Lewis and the 'keeper took a touch before it crossed the line. There was confusion as to who helped it over the line but Sinclair will certainly be claiming it.

That lead, however, lasted just 60 seconds when Craig Mackail-Smith shot past Yves Makabu-Makalambay from Charlie Lee's cross, and barely two minutes had passed again when the new goalkeeper made an excellent reaction save from Aaron Mclean.

Both sides certainly weren't holding back as they went seeking a second; it was end-to-end enjoyment but Peterborough had a good shout for a spot-kick turned down midway through the first-half as Mackail-Smith went to ground under pressure from Yves, but referee Nigel Miller awarded a goal kick.

The Swans were finding it difficult to turn their attacking moves into chances but, with nine minutes to go before half-time, Sinclair had his eye on the top corner when he cut inside and shot towards goal only to be denied by a fine one-handed stop from Lewis.

And from David Cotterill's corner Ashley Williams towered above his marker to meet it with his head only to send it wide.

But he made no mistake with his next effort moments later to put the visitors back in front, slotting past the goalkeeper after racing on to Cotterill's pristine through ball.

Peterborough again went seeking an immediate return and came close through Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and skipper Kelvin Langmead but Yves was equal to both attempts.

Half-Time: Peterborough 1 Swans 2

The second-half exploded into life from the off with George Boyd close to levelling for the Posh, but saw his strike deflect wide off the foot of Ashley Williams, while down at the other end Scott Sinclair almost added to his tally when he curled inches past Lewis' left-hand post.

And Jordi Lopez even had his eye on a rare goal when he shrugged off a series of challenges but shot over 10 minutes in, and within 60 seconds Stephen Dobbie was allowed space to wrong foot Kelvin Langmead and narrowly miss the target.

Dobbie was also handed another excellent chance on the hour when Tate's flick on from Cotterill's free-kick landed right at his feet, he didn't have the time to think about it as it struck his foot and fell just wide.

George Boyd and Charlie Lee both went close for the hosts before Rodgers made his first change of the night with Mark Gower coming on to replace Lopez.

Scott Sinclair was allowed to send a free header over Lewis' bar 15 minutes from time after connecting with Cotterill's deflected cross but, from identical distance, Craig Mackail-Smith was guilty of missing an open goal when he met substitute Lee Tomlin's cross at the back post but sent it over.

It's a miss he will certainly regret as a superb piece of skill down at the other end saw the Swans increase their lead almost straight away - Scott Sinclair played in Dobbie on the edge of the area, and while the Scotsman held it up he was able to race in behind, latch on to a cheeky back heel and find the bottom corner for his hat-trick.

Joe Lewis made another late stop to deny Dobbie but the Swans held on to record the 3-1 win, one that took them into round four of the League Cup for only the third time in the club's history.
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