Paul Clement’s Swans overcame Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham by two goals to nil, with goals from Tammy Abraham and Leroy Fer.
Despite the Swans’ squad being in Birmingham for their penultimate pre-season game at St. Andrews, all focus was on Swansea with Gylfi Sigurdsson opting to sit out – yet again – due to the speculation surrounding his future.
While Gylfi sat out, Roque Mesa and Tammy Abraham were amongst the eleven players who endured a frustrating opening 45 minutes. Leroy Fer was presented with the Swans’ best chance of the first half, but couldn’t beat Birmingham ‘keeper David Stockdale. Mike van der Hoorn did manage to find the back of the net, but his joy was short lived after the Dutch defender had his header ruled out for a foul.
Birmingham had their fair share of chances too, with Fabianski being forced into a good save on the twenty minute mark. Not long after, a poor back pass from Tom Carroll had the Polish shot-stopper rushing off his line to prevent the Blue’s from opening the scoring, in what was their last pre-season game before they kick-off their Championship campaign next Saturday.
Jay Fulton could’ve broken the deadlock seconds before the referee blew up for half-time, but an overhit effort from the edge of the box caused Stockdale no problems.
There were no changes in personnel at half-time, though there was an almost immediate change in tempo as Tammy Abraham got on the end of Leroy Fer’s fine pass to find the back of the net on 55 minutes. The Dutch midfielder added to his contributions twenty minutes later, with his deflected long-range strike getting the better of the Blue’s goalkeeper.
Probably the standout player throughout the game, Leroy Fer filled in for Gylfi Sigurdsson capably, but Swans’ fans will be hoping for somebody to have nailed down the number ten spot permanently by the time the season kicks off in two weeks time. Jordan Ayew and Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham worked well together up front, with the final ball often letting the two strikers down.
An fairly decent second-half from Paul Clement’s men, but improvements will be needed – and expected – when the Swans travel to Southampton for the opening day of the Premier League season in a fortnight’s time.
Full Time: Birmingham City 0 – 2 Swansea City
Swansea City Starting XI: Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn, Bartley, Olsson, Mesa, Caroll, Fer, Fulton, Abraham, Ayew