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The Liberty Stadium (ATT 16,611) 16th August 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Taylor

Swansea Swansea City vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

Stylish Swans down Forest

Newly-promoted bragging rights go to Swansea

Last Updated: 16/08/08 9:57pm

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Martinez: Too strong for Forest

Martinez: Too strong for Forest

Swansea earned the bragging rights among the Championship's newly-promoted teams as they defeated Nottingham Forest 3-1 at Liberty Stadium.

Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith handed Swansea the lead as he put into his own net, but James Perch equalised for the visitors.

However, Roberto Martinez's Swansea side, last season's League One champions, then proved too strong for Forest as Ferrie Bodde and Gorka Pintado secured the points.

It was a a chance to prove how far both sides have progressed since sealing their places in the Championship in May.

The last three encounters between the teams ended goalless but a moment of misfortune for Forest keeper Smith in the seventh minute ensured that would not be the case.

Fizz

After an open start to the game, Swans midfielder Britton collected the ball on the right and skipped past two challenges before cutting inside and unleashing a fizzing drive toward goal.

Britton's effort beat keeper Smith's despairing dive but not the post. The ball deflected back off the upright only to hit the hapless Smith on the back of the head and roll over the line.

The hosts played the sort of flowing one-touch football that saw them finish 10 points clear of Forest as League One champions last term.

Darren Pratley's drilled shot from the edge of the area in the 13th minute came close to doubling the lead as further efforts from Bodde and Thomas Butler reflected the Swans' domination.

But completely against the run of play, Forest levelled 10 minutes before half-time.

It was on-loan midfielder Lee Martin who provided the moment of inspiration in a rare attack from the visitors as he delivered a tantalising cross from the right.

Rejuvenate

Goalkeeper Dorus De Vries got nowhere near the ball as he came to collect and it hit midfielder Perch on the knee at the back post to make it 1-1.

The home side came out of the tunnel at half-time rejuvenated and began to exert their domination on the game once again as defender Gary Monk placed his header just wide.

And persistent pressure was rewarded in the 70th minute when Forest centre-back Wes Morgan was adjudged to have tripped midfielder Butler in the area. Bodde tapped in after his first spot-kick was well saved by the sprawling Smith

The Swans continued to dictate proceedings and despite a flurry of late counter attacks led by Forest's two outstanding players - Robert Earnshaw and winger Martin - never looked likely to concede.

And the game was effectively killed as a contest when substitute Pintado put the result beyond doubt with an exquisite third goal for Swansea in the 85th minute.

Left winger Gower hurdled over two challenges and beat his man before crossing from the byline for Spanish striker Pintado to lash home a spectacular effort with the outside of the foot to make it 3-1 and wrap up all three points for the Swans.

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7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
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13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
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17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
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