Swansea City 0-3 Blackburn Rovers: Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men stroll to Swansea win

Sammie Smzodics, who scored seven times for Peterborough last season, rolls in his first Blackburn goal
Sammie Smzodics, who scored seven times for Peterborough last season, rolls in his first Blackburn goal

Blackburn Rovers made it six points from six in the Championship season this season as they cruised to victory at Swansea City.

Sammie Smodics swept Blackburn in front just 39 minutes into his debut having joined from Peterborough this week.

Ben Brereton Diaz then claimed his first of the season with a classy finish just before the hour.

Swansea already looked beaten by the time Lewis Travis’ drive rounded off a fine day for Rovers late on.

New Blackburn boss Jon Dahl Tomasson has enjoyed a perfect first week in the Championship, but Swansea head coach Russell Martin is left with work to do after an uninspiring performance from his team.

Swansea, who looked short of attacking threat, have only one point from their first two games of the new campaign.

This was a meeting of one team who evidently remain a work in progress after a year under Martin and another who are getting used to life after Tony Mowbray.

The Tomasson era began with opening-day victory – and a clean sheet – against Queens Park Rangers.

There was more good news for Blackburn in a tepid first half at the Swansea.com Stadium, where the hosts controlled the ball but Rovers took charge of the scoreboard.

Swansea only once looked like scoring, when Michael Obafemi stretched to head Ryan Manning’s cross up in the air when Joel Latibeaudiere looked better placed at the far post.

Joel Piroe latched onto the loose ball but could only flash a shot narrowly wide.

Rovers rarely threatened either, but went ahead when Jay Fulton was dispossessed by Ryan Hedges deep in Swansea territory.

Hedges showed good composure, stepping inside Fulton’s attempted recovery challenge and teeing up Szmodics to stroke Rovers into the lead from 15 yards.

Swansea almost leveled early in the second half, when Latibeaudiere centered for Piroe but his volley was parried by Thomas Kaminski.

Ben Brereton Diaz celebrates after doubling Blackburn's lead with a classy finish
Ben Brereton Diaz celebrates after doubling Blackburn’s lead with a classy finish

Just as the home side found some momentum for the first time, Blackburn doubled their lead.

Swansea academy product Hedges claimed another assist as he picked out Brereton Diaz, whose first touch took him beyond home debutant Nathan Wood.

The Chile international, scorer of 22 Blackburn goals last season, coolly lifted his shot over the advancing Andy Fisher.

Swansea tried to respond, with Piroe denied by Kaminski at the near post before Jamie Paterson’s cross-shot was cleared from under the bar by Tayo Edun.

But any slim chance of a home revival was stamped out by a sharp Blackburn counter, with Tyrhys Dolan teeing up skipper Travis to drill in his second goal of the season.

Lineups

Swansea

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Fisher
  • 23Wood
  • 26Naughton
  • 6Darling
  • 22latibeaudiereSubstituted forSorinolaat 70′minutes
  • 8Grimes
  • 4FultonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forpatersonat 52′minutes
  • 3Manning
  • 17piroeBooked at 31mins
  • 9obafemiBooked at 86mins
  • 10ntchamSubstituted forconventionat 77′minutes

substitutes

  • 5cabango
  • 12paterson
  • 13benda
  • 20Cullen
  • 29Sorinola
  • 31Cooper
  • 45convention

blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kaminskic
  • 2Brittain
  • 4Ayala
  • 16Wharton
  • 3Pickering
  • 27Travis
  • 21BuckleySubstituted forMortonat 89′minutes
  • 19hedgesSubstituted fordolanat 79′minutes
  • 8SzmodicsSubstituted forEdunat 58′minutes
  • 22Brereton
  • 9GallagherBooked at 35minsSubstituted forvaleat 79′minutes

substitutes

  • 6Morton
  • 7Edun
  • 10dolan
  • 13pears
  • 23Dack
  • 29vale
  • 33Phillips

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