Snapshot | Tate on TV

27th May 2020

Alan Tate has a run-in with a television camera during Swansea City’s Championship encounter with Cardiff City.

It was April 5, 2009, and the two South Wales clubs were fighting for play-off places as they faced off at Ninian Park.

The game was a treat for the live TV cameras if not for the Swans, who were denied victory in controversial circumstances.

Nathan Dyer gave the Swans an early lead as he latched on to Jason Scotland’s pass and beat Cardiff keeper Stuart Taylor.

There was an unsavoury incident just before half-time when referee Mike Dean was hit on the head by a coin thrown from the Bob Bank.

Cardiff then equalised early in the second half as Jay Bothroyd nodded down and Michael Chopra swept home.

But Roberto Martinez’s Swans looked set for a memorable victory when youngster Joe Allen fired home from the edge of the box in the 88th minute.

There was huge frustration for the visitors, however, when Dean awarded a controversial last-gasp penalty after Ross McCormack tumbled in the box.

McCormack converted from the spot to make it 2-2.