Swansea Pre-season News and Results
Brendan Rodgers named a strong line-up for the match against Inter Baku. Angel Rangel provided plenty menace from full-back and his crossing fed new signing Danny Graham with a couple of real chance, though the striker was perhaps unlucky to hit the woodwork. Scott Sinclair opened the scoring in the second half and Nathan Dyer added a second before Rodgers made nine changes on the hour mark. Swansea’s move to three at the back allowed their opponents to pull one back before Luke Moore clinched the game soon after.
The Swans continued their pre-season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Afan Lido on the eve of their trip to Austria. Craig Beattie got on the scoresheet once again, while youngster Lee Lucas notched the second goal as Brendan Rodgers opted to mix youth and experience in this game. The second-half lineup looked strong with the defence in particular close to a likely starting lineup come the opening game of the season – Spurs Loanee Steven Caulker lining up alongside Ashley Williams as Garry Monk missed out through injury.
Brendan Rodgers split his squad for two friendlies in Wales to get Swansea’s pre-season rolling. A 1-0 defeat to Neath supplied few talking points other than debuts for Swans new boys Danny Graham and Steven Caulker. The 3-1 win over Port Talbot meanwhile saw Ferrie Bodde make a return to the Swans lineup after a long absence with a knee injury. Bodde later suffered a hamstring twinge and was substituted as a precaution. Goals form Craig Beattie, Angel Rangel and David Cornell sealed the victory.
July 16 vs Neath 0-1 – Match Report
July 16 vs Port Talbot 3-1 – Match Report
July 23 vs Afan Lido – 2-0 – Match Report
July 27 vs Inter Baku 3-1 Match Report
August 3 vs Celtic 2-0 – Match Report
August 6 vs Real Betis 1-0 Match Report
Top Pre-season Goal Scorer’s:
Beattie – 2
Rangel – 2
Lucas – 1
Sinclair – 1
Dyer – 1
Moore – 1
Cornell – 1
Dobbie – 1
Graham – 1
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