Flynn Downes missing from both Swansea line ups against Colchester United
Tuesday, 5th Jul 2022 16:10 by Swansea Independent
Russell Martin changed his squad around to fit in with two thirty minute each way games against Colchester at Fairwood. The first game the swans lost 2-0 but won the second 1-0. It was an experimental afternoon of behind closed doors football, but the swans manager surely won’t be too happy with some of his sides key players.
The match has been described as a typical behind closed doors game with patchy periods that also became quite languid at times. It did have aggressive moments in the tackle, and at times players looked like they wanted to be there, but it wasn’t pleasing on the eye. Frank Nouble an ex Swansea player scored for the U’s and their gritty display was far more than the home team could deal with. Much of the swans play from the first eleven was blunt and typical of last seasons more frustrating games however, Martin will obviously be pleased at yet another outing. Colchester looked industrious and well drilled, and with chances at a premium the 2-0 win was deserved. It can be said with Fulton, Joseph, Garrick and Ollie Cooper in the first game it was a second string. Add Whittaker and a Cullen to that, and they were toothless in this outing and there is maybe some leeway overall.
Swansea City v Colchester United ‘The first Sixty’ Benda, Abdulai, B. Cooper, Manning (Ogbeta 45), O. Cooper, Fulton, Joseph, Garrick, Ntcham (Cotterill 45), Whittaker, Cullen.
Final : Swansea City 0-2 Colchester United.
Swans performance rating 4/10. Slow and lacking ideas.
Ntcham in the first game
The second game followed a similar pattern but the swans with a more recognisable side looked more pacy and a lot less ‘devoid’ of ideas compared to the first game. Some excellent counter-attacking football by the U’s created chances for the visitors, with Noah Chilvers unlucky to see a lobbed effort fly just over the bar. John Akinde and Fred Sears were busy for the away side and the swans had to work hard to deal with their industry. With the game coming to a close some good work by Kyle Naughton saw his cross met by Joel Latibeaudiere who headed home.
Joel Latibeaudiere scores the only goal for the swans in two hours of football
Overall did the swans put absolute effort into these two games ? On the eye most certainly not. The players who did play and needed to like Fulton, Abdulai and Brandon Cooper were pretty tame in the first game as was Sorinola in the second. The concern will be the performance of what looks like a first team in the second game. Yes it’s early days and yes Colchester we’re seriously up for these games. But then if that’s the case why weren’t the swans ?
Swansea City v Colchester United ‘The second sixty’ : Fisher; Latibeaudiere, Wood, Darling, Naughton; Congreve, Grimes, Sorinola; Piroe, Paterson, Obafemi (Lloyd 47).
Final : Swansea City 1-0 Colchester United.
Swans performance rating 6/10 : Better, more cohesive but really lacking in a desire to finish the game off.
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