Stanlake’s side unfortunate to lose again

A HAT-TRICK from captain Nic Stanlake was not enough to prevent a third successive defeat in a seven-goal thriller against local rivals Cardiff.

Despite the result, Stanlake was pleased with the team’s performance.

“I felt we played really well in the first half,” he said, “and had complete control at the break.

“However, we switched off at the start of the second half and, to be honest, probably thought the game was won.

“They gave us a good game, and at the end of the day we didn’t do enough. There is much to work on but we can be pleased with our chance conversion rate.”

The visitors started the better, with ‘keeper Lloyd Parker having to make several saves early on, but Swansea soon found their game and started to pass the ball around nicely.

A quick piece of thinking from Stanlake led to the opening goal, taking a free hit quickly to burst through on goal and finish past the onrushing ‘keeper.

The home side were now in control, and a period of pressure resulted in a short corner. From this, Stanlake was on hand to send a drag flick into the top left hand corner of the goal, to take Swansea into half time 2-0 up.

The second half started much the same as first, with Cardiff pressing high up the pitch.

However, this time Cardiff managed to find a more clinical finish, with a weaving run into the D followed up with a well-placed shot from the angle.

The momentum was now fully with Cardiff, and this pressure resulted in a short corner. This was clinically fired home to bring the scores level.

Cardiff now sensed a winner, and they went ahead through another short corner. After the initial effort was cleared, the ball was played back to find an unmarked man at the back post to tap in.

This sparked Swansea into life once more, who drew level through another short corner.

Stanlake found the top left hand corner again to complete his hat-trick and level the scores in a thrilling encounter.

However, Cardiff scored what proved to be the winner with only a few minutes left.

A lifted ball was deflected in past a helpless Parker to leave Swansea without a point after three games.

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