Swansea City grab headlines as ex-referee gives scathing assessment on derby call
Here’s your roundup of all of Swansea City’s latest headlines for Wednesday, October 20.
A penalty incident left Linington furious
Referee James Linington will have been furious with his assistant after missing a ‘nailed’ penalty at Swansea City in Sunday’s South Wales derby victory over Cardiff City, according to former Premier League referee Keith Hackett .
The Swans rioted on a largely comfortable afternoon, clinching a 3-0 victory over their bitter rivals at Swansea.com stadium.
However, there were strong suggestions the hosts should have had an early penalty when Ethan Laird was knocked down inside the box by Curtis Nelson in the opening three minutes.
Hackett says Linington’s aide should have spotted the incident, and says the Isle of Wight official will have been angered by his colleague’s inability to act.
He told Football Insider: “It was a nailed-down penalty.
“On this occasion, he [Linington] needs a little luck. He’s nearby but has two players blocking his view.
“Instead of going to the left so the space could open up for him, like a player would for a pass, what he did was he almost went static and was taken. off guard.
“He’s looking around two players and doesn’t have a chance to make a big decision, so he’s at fault.
“The fallback position should be the assistant referee. In fairness, he’s looking at the assistant referee who gives him absolutely nothing.
“I would be pretty brutal there. I said “I don’t want to work with this assistant anymore, he let me down for a long time”.
“The assistant has a good view inside, we had that camera angle.
“To defend the referee, he parked it and continued the game and refereed fairly well for the remainder of the game.”
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Prutton backs Swans to score a point against Baggies
David Prutton backed Swansea to avoid the home loss to promotion-seeking West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.
Martin’s side will clearly have to do their best to take anything away from Baggies, who currently sit second in the championship standings.
However, they surely built up some useful momentum after the 3-0 win over the Bluebirds, and Prutton believes the Swans just might have enough on them to earn at least a point.
Writing in his regular Sky Sports column, Prutton said: “Swansea’s victory over Cardiff in the South Wales derby was huge for morale under Russell Martin. A few more performances like that and they could be a much higher challenge in the leaderboard.
“West Brom was frustrated for long stretches against Birmingham on Friday night and it looked like they could get nothing out of the game at times. However, they struck late for the win which is a sure sign of a capable side. to fight for promotion. 2-2. “
Martin West Brom’s rallying call
Russell Martin says his Swansea side must put their derby exploits aside when they face the Baggies.
With such a short rotation of games, the Swans were immediately preparing for tonight’s game on Monday at their Fairwood training ground.
And Martin challenged his players to produce another performance Wednesday night against top-flight Albion.
“I’m sure our fans were still talking about Monday morning’s game, and I’m glad they did because we want them to enjoy it as much as possible,” said Martin.
“But for the coaching staff and the players, we immediately analyzed the game and pointed out the areas where we could have been better and the good points.
“The challenge for us now as a group is to support this performance and result against West Brom. We have talked a lot about these kinds of performances and results, but now we have to maintain them. It’s not good to play like this and not build on it.
“We only had a few days to prepare, whereas West Brom had two more days because they played on Friday, but the guys really focused on training.
“As a team we face the challenge of repeating our performance on Sunday and getting a good result against a side from West Brom who have started the season very well after relegation from the Premier League.”
Joseph aims for more goals after Robins’ brace
Kyle Joseph says there is more to come in terms of his scoring exploits, having scored a brace for Cheltenham Town in the 3-1 win over Morecambe on Tuesday night.
The loaned Swans player scored two goals after the break to help his side achieve back-to-back wins.
However, he believes he has more in his locker.
“I think we imposed ourselves very well. I think we controlled the game and kept our pace,” he said.
“Even after they scored we held our heads up high and that shows the mentality of the guys and their reaction.
“We always knew we were going to have chances. We were clinical and we got them.
“There were a lot of chances for us, and if I’m critical of myself, I could have put in a few more.”
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