From Vital Swansea:
Scott Sinclair was the star of the show last night as his hatrick put Swansea City into the last 16 of the Carling Cup – beating Peterborough United 3-1 in an exciting game at London Road Stadium.
The former Chelsea winger who joined the Swans in a £500,000 move – a fee that could rise to £1m, gave us the best possible start in the third round tie after just 5 minutes. The lead didn’t last long though, as the home side responded a minute later as Mackail-Smith netted from Lee’s cross. Sinclair grabbed his second just before half time and he completed his hatrick with 12 minutes remaining to grab all the headlines. He helped put Swansea City through to the last 16 of the League Cup – the fourth time we’ve managed it in our history.
Sinclair was causing problems from the very start in this game and after just two minutes he tested out the goalkeeper – cutting inside from the left and unleashing a shot on goal but Lewis in goal kept it out with a decent save.
Three minutes later though, and the young winger opened the scoring for Rodgers’ side. Whelpdale, who was making his 100th appearance for the Posh, helped to put Dobbie in possession, and he provided a ball through for Sinclair. He race out wide from a central position and his shot was saved at first by Lewis but the ball ended up in the net. There was some uncertainty at first as to who the goalscorer was but Sinclair claimed it.
The lead lasted just a minute though as Mackail-Smith converted Lee’s cross to put the sides level again. Yves couldn’t keep that shot out but moments later he made a good save from McLean’s effort on goal.
Sinclair continued to create a threat and after having a few shots on goal, he found the net just before half time. Cotterill played an excellent ball through to the former Chelsea man and you just knew that Sinclair was going to find the net for a second time in the game.
George Boyd nearly got Peterborough off to the best of starts in the second half as the home side were looking to put the teams level once more. Williams did brilliantly to make a crucial challenge to deny Boyd a shooting chance.
Chances came and went for both sides, Lopez and Dobbie had shots just off target while new goalkeeper Yves made some impressive sides to keep us in the lead.
Sinclair then had the opportunity to complete his hatrick and to put the game beyond doubt, but somehow he missed with a header from close range. He didn’t need to rue the miss for too long though, as he linked with Dobbie on 78 minutes to give us a 2-goal advantage. The Scottish striker played a nice back-heel to Sinclair and he finished well to complete his hatrick and to put the Swans into the 4th round of the League Cup.
The Posh had chances to get into the game, but thanks to some poor misses and good saves from Yves, we were able to hang onto our lead and then extend it late on. Peterborough boss Gary Johnson said he was ‘angry’ with the referee for not awarding them a penalty as Mackail-Smith was brought down four times inside the penalty area.
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Peterborough 1-3 Swansea
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