ON THIS DAY: Swans race clear at the top

16th February 2017

Port Vale 0-2 Swansea City
League One: Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Swans continued their charge towards the League One title after moving 11 points clear at the top.
It wasn't as comfortable as the scoreline suggested, with keeper Dorus de Vries twice denying Chris Herd early.
After a goalless first half, Jason Scotland proved clinical in front of goal after the break with the striker breaking the deadlock just past the hour.
When Andy Robinson was fouled in the box, Scotland slotted home from the penalty spot to edge Roberto Martinez's side ahead.
The hosts pushed for an equaliser, but it was the Swans who would grab the all-important second goal of the game.
Sub Tom Butler, on for Guillem Bauza, saw his effort cannon back off the post and deflect over the line via Ferrie Bodde.
Victory meant the Swans stretched their unbeaten run to 16 games, with Martinez's side going on to lift the title at the end of the season and earn promotion to the Championship.

Port Vale: Anyon, Mulligan, Pilkington, Lowe, Talbot (Miller, 78), Herd, Harsley, Howland (Rocastle, 80), Whitaker, Perry, Rodgers (Glover, 78).
Subs not used: Slater, Cardle.

Swansea: de Vries, Rangel, Tate, Monk (capt), Painter, Bodde, Britton, Pratley, Robinson (Brandy, 78), Scotland, Bauza (Butler, 62).
Subs not used: Austin, O'Leary, MacDonald.

Attendance: 4,347