|Cheeks54Posted on 10/11 22:30||Email this Message | My thoughts on today |
Scrappy, disjointed performance overall, if we played like that against a League One side we'd get pasted, but i think the cliche of the FA Cup being a great leveler is true. The pitch was sloping and bobley, it was windy and i think the surroundings was a bit of a culture shock to a few of our lads, although i might be letting them off too easy there as those things shouldn't matter given the gap between ourselves and them. Credit to them though, they probably played the game of their lives and even though our class shone through at times they fought for everything and certainly didn't disgrace themselves. We never really dominated or had a period of playing really well. Our midfield never really stamped their authority on the game like they should have been doing, O'Leary was crap without putting too finer a point it and Anderson, Orlandi and Britton were lively but didn't completley run rings around their defense which they should be doing given their talents. Our distribution and final ball was dreadful. Defense had a quiet day but still allowed Ricay a few chances, their goal was a hash on our part really. So safely though, but could/should do better although perhaps that's not giving Billericay enough credit, which they deserve. Our fans not really on song today, it's hard to i suppose in such an open ground although their fans were singing throughout, even gave us a bit of stick at times! I thought we would have taken a fair bit more than we did too.Went on the train today, big OB presence at Paddington station due to Cardiff traveling down that way today too, i saw a few but i think my shirt was mostly covered so i didn't get any stick! A few of them got thrown off on the way back at Reading too for not having a ticket!
Guillem Bauza's second-half double spared Swansea's blushes as the League One promotion-chasers hit back to wreck Billericay's hopes of an FA Cup first-round giant-killing.
The Ryman League club looked set to record the biggest win of their 127-year history when Wayne Semanshia gave them a surprise lead after 28 minutes.
However, Bauza fired the visitors into round two - and took his tally to three goals in two games - by netting after 58 and 83 minutes.
City nearly stunned the home side after nine minutes when Andrea Orlandi saw his chip scrambled off the line by Dave McSweeney.
However, it was Billericay who drew first blood when Semanshia pounced on Swans keeper David Knight's mistake after he made a hash of Danny Kerrigan's cross.
Billericay were denied the chance to put the tie out of Swansea's reach when referee Phil Joslin waved away an appeal for a penalty after Angel Rangel appeared to handle in the box.
Things went from bad to worse for the home side when Garry Monk's long ball found Bauza, who curled home the equaliser from 25 yards.
And Billericay's dream of a famous cup result was put to bed when Bauza poked home the winner from three yards.
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