Swans win again on the road

Swansea City recorded their second away win in four days with a 1-0 victory over Millwall at the Den, thanks to Joel Piroe’s 16th league goal of the season.

Given the emotion surrounding the Swans scintillating display in the 4 nil demolition of Cardiff on the weekend, fans could have possibly expected a subdued performance from Russell Martin’s team in east London, but the reality was, it was far from it.

Ryan Manning returned to the side after serving his suspension and Jay Fulton made a rare start in midfield, as Jamie Paterson sat on the bench and Flynn Downes was rested.

As is usually the case these days, the Swans dominated the ball with over 68% possession, but what is more noticeable in recent weeks is that the possession is now used more effectively and perhaps most telling of all – the ball is moved about much quicker.

Credit to Jay Fulton who put in a terrific performance in midfield and it was quite noticeable how the partnership and link up between Michael Obafemi and Joel Piroe continuing to blossom.

No Piro No Party

The game was ultimately decided by Joel Piroe’s strike at the start of the second half, ensuring the Swans recorded their third away win on the bounce, after the previous wins at Peterborough and Cardiff.

But don’t let that fool you into thinking this was a close game. Yes Millwall did have some chances, but the Swans on the whole, dominated the game with long periods of possession, generating 14 shots on goal – more than the home side could muster.

Swansea fans at Millwall on Tuesday night

The win was the perfect reward for the 479 Travelling Jacks at the game and who once again made themselves heard in the 11,000 plus crowd.

Millwall fans praise the Swans

It’s not often teams praise the opposition, but it was interesting to read what some of the Millwall fans said about Russell Martin’s side after the game.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett also had this to say about the Swans in his post-match interview:

“First of all Swansea are a good side, they’re probably the best possession team in the division. They’re very brave.

“It is difficult to have so little possession and fair play to Swansea. Obviously they’ve been coached really well to do what they do with aplomb.

“You’ve got to press them and they try to play around it, they take so many risks. But they’re good at it.

“They’re the sort of side you have to [press] but if you don’t get that right you leave space around you. The two side forwards are very good at dropping in deep and winning the ball.

Millwall v Swansea City Highlights

For those who weren’t able to see the game, here are the extended highlights from The Den.

Next up for the Swans is the visit of Wayne Rooney’s relegation threatened Derby County to the Swansea dot com on Saturday.