Beattie outshone former Swan Scotland in battle of the strikers. (©PAphotos)
by Abi Davies
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After getting himself on the score sheet for the first time this season against Portsmouth, Craig Beattie retained his place in the starting XI for Saturdays trip to Ipswich earning his fifth consecutive start. The Scot clearly demonstrated against the East Anglians how much a regular run in the side has built up his confidence, as he added two more goals to his season tally.
With much of the speculation prior to kick off surrounding the run-in with former Swans’ striker Jason Scotland, it was the home side that pressed the hardest in the early exchanges with the best of the chances falling to Tamas Priskin and Scotland who came close to scoring against his former side after he found space to get his shot away but saw his effort fire wide.
In a pretty lacklustre first half, Dorus De Vries remained alert pulling off some heroic stops when called into action, to ensure the Swans kept a clean sheet going in at the break. It was the Tractor Boys that came out of the blocks the quicker in the second half and took the lead five minutes after the re-start.
When Townsend timed his run into the box to perfection connecting with an Edwards cross and heading the ball past Swansea's number 1. But struggling Ipswich could not hold their lead for long as striker Craig Beattie managed to head in a free kick whipped in by Gower, getting the better of keeper Brian Murphy - one of three ex-Swans to feature for Ipswich at the weekend.
The Scot had chances to give the travelling side the lead soon after but it was local lad Joe Allen that took advantage of some poor Ipswich defending and at the second time of asking slotted past the keeper to score his second goal of the season.
Victory was sealed for the Swans with four minutes remaining when Sinclair created a break, finding substitute Darren Pratley who threaded the ball through to Beattie resulting in the striker netting his third goal in two games after spotting the keeper off his line, and curling the ball into the top corner from outside the area.
He later described as the best goal of his career to date. And all this after he was set to be replaced by Brendan Rodgers.
The Swans’ third goal came directly after controversy at the other end of the pitch where Mark Gower seemingly brought down Carlos Edwards, but despite the home side’s big appeal the ref waved play on and Roy Keane's side were left feeling aggrieved.
Saturday's result saw the Swans come from behind to claim victory for the first time this season and made the long journey home a much happier one!
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