Past meetings | Swansea City v Middlesbrough
With Swansea City and Middlesbrough set to lock horns on Saturday, we look back at some memorable meetings between the two sides in SA1.
Swansea City 3 Middlesbrough 1
Championship – April 6, 2019
Swansea City recorded an emphatic home win as they completely dominated Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium.
Matt Grimes netted a penalty on his 50th Swans appearance and Wayne Routledge’s slick finish put the hosts in control at the break, with Connor Roberts putting the seal on victory with a close-range effort.
George Saville rifled home for the visitors, but the result was beyond doubt by then.
In truth, such was the Swans’ superiority the margin of victory could have been far greater, with Daniel James, Nathan Dyer and Bersant Celina all failing to convert from excellent positions.
But Graham Potter was left delighted with the authority and fluency in his side’s play against a Middlesbrough outfit who had been firmly among the promotion contenders all season.
The result meant the Swans had won four in a row at home in the league for the first time in 13 months, and recorded seven wins from their last 10 games in SA1.
Swansea City 1 Middlesbrough 0
Championship - November 14, 2010
Scott Sinclair’s late strike secured three points for the Swans back in November 2010, as Brendan Rodgers' side made it three wins from four games.
Chances went begging for Nathan Dyer, Joe Allen and Angel Rangel in a game that appeared destined to end goalless, but the Swans' sustained pressure finally told.
Sinclair’s 12th goal in 16 games was well worked, the winger cutting inside from the left to bury the ball into the corner and hand the Swans an 84th minute lead.
The Swans would go on to earn promotion through the play-offs that year under Rodgers, whilst the Riverside club would end up ensconced in mid-table.
Swansea City 2 Middlesbrough 1
Division Two – April 27, 1984
An Ian Walsh brace helped Swansea to a 2-1 victory over Boro back in April 1984, with the injury-plagued striker nearly grabbing a hat-trick.
This Division Two clash saw the visitors take the lead at the Vetch Field, with Darren Wood calmly slipping Boro into the lead just after the 10-minute mark.
Their lead would be shortlived thanks in part to Neil Robinson’s industrious work rate, as the midfield man set up both of Walsh’s goals to push the home side in front.
The Swans would go on to be relegated at the end of the season despite their victory over Middlesbrough, who sat four places higher in 17th position come the conclusion of the campaign.
Swansea City 2 Middlesbrough 1
Division Two – September 28, 1963
Mel Nurse's second return to Swansea with Middlesbrough ended in defeat, with the Swans unfortunate not to win by a wider margin.
Bill Harris broke the deadlock for Boro just before 10 minutes had passed, but it was Barrie Jones that levelled the scores only moments later as the Swans recovered to hound the visitors throughout the game.
Jim McLaughlin grabbed the winner just 15 minutes from time, as the Swans recorded just their third win of the season.