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Debut Delight for Borini as the Swans Get Back to Winning Ways

By Stuartnoel @theballisround

Abi Davies brings us some good news at last from The Liberty Stadium

Debut delight for Borini as the Swans get back to winning ways

Another Chelsea cast off

The Swans remain 3rd going into the international break after their 3-2 victory at home over Nottingham Forest. A super Scott Sinclair strike and a début double from Fabio Borini saw off the challenge of fellow promotion contenders Forest.

The majority of speculation prior to kick off surrounded the capture of Italian youngster Fabio Borini who completed his loan move to South Wales in midweek.

The 19 year old was drafted straight into the starting XI despite only arriving from Chelsea on Thursday. There were also welcome returns to the squad as both Garry Monk and Andrea Orlandi returned to the bench after lengthy lay outs.

The home side were dominant in early exchanges with Dobbie seeing his shot deflect wide as well as two early free kicks applying pressure on a Billy Davies side who had not won on the road in their previous 5 attempts. Sinclair was presented with a chance 8 minutes in, as Taylor intercepted play the Swans created a counter attack through the centre, with Dobbie finding Dyer who played the ball through to Sinclair- the ex-Chelsea player’s effort forcing a good save from Forest keeper Lee Camp.

With both sides looking dangerous on the offence, it was The Swans who capitalised on their opportunities taking the lead after 21 minutes… After Taylor made a slide in challenge on Wes Morgan, Sinclair did well to keep the ball in play and after chesting the ball down made a surging run into the box, passing all four defenders his shot from just outside the six yard box fired past Camp- Notching up his 22nd goal since signing for the Swans in August.

The Swans lead was doubled just 5 minutes later after Rangel played in débutante Borini, and after his first effort was blocked the Italian kept his composure to fire the ball into the roof of the net for his 1st ever senior goal. It was the new recruit who had the chance to make it 3 with his shot from an acute angle rattling the post. Forest halved the deficit on the stroke of half time with Boyd scoring his first ever goal for Nottingham.

Brendan Rodgers side looked buoyant going forward with Borini looking by far the best centre-forward I have seen in a Swansea City shirt since the departure of Jason Scotland two seasons ago. From the outset the youngster looked quick, showed great skill and determination with a great work ethic as well as demonstrating the one attribute that has evaded our strikers in recent months as he is a natural finisher.

The Swans re-opened their two goal margin 10 minutes into the second half after Dobbie’s initial shot was blocked, Sinclair collected and his trickery saw him get the better of 2 defenders before his strike was saved by Camp. However Borini found himself well placed to score from the rebound.

There where further attempts from Brendan Rodgers side- with Nathan Dyer’s powerful shot from outside the area working Camp well. Forest created a nervy last few minutes for the Swans as the away side pulled a goal back in injury time.

The Swans managed to sustain late pressure and cling onto a vital three points that sees them just one point off the automatic places.

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