Swans v Stade Rennais
6th August 2016
Sub Jay Fulton scored the only goal as the Swans ended their pre-season schedule with five wins from six following a 1-0 victory over Stade Rennais at the Liberty.
The young Scot headed home with his first touch following Modou Barrow's corner as Francesco Guidolin's side headed into next week's Premier League opener at Burnley on a winning note.
Fernando Llorente - signed from Sevilla on Friday night - struck the post in his first appearance for the club while sub Modou Barrow clatted the crossbar with a second-half effort.
It proved a useful exercise against the top-flight French side, with this following victories over Charlotte Independence, Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Wolves.
The Swans now head to Turf Moor to take on newly-promoted Burnley next Saturday.
New signing Fernando Llorente started for the Swans.
The World Cup and European Championship winner made his first appearance for the club following his switch from Sevilla less than 24 hours ago.
Fellow summer signing Mike van der Hoorn also got his first taste of the Liberty while Leroy Fer - who completed his move from QPR following a successful loan spell last season - also started.
Euro 2016 trio Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor were not considered for selection along with Ki Sung-Yueng, while Federico Fernandez missed out with a tight groin.
Youngsters Jay Rodon, Oliver McBurnie and Botti Bia Bi were also included in the squad as Francesco Guidolin's side faced their last opponents before the first Premier League game at Burnley.
SWANS: Lukasz Fabianski, Kyle Naughton, Mike van der Hoorn, Jordi Amat, Stephen Kingsley (Angel Rangel, 69), Leon Britton (capt, Jay Fulton, 69), Jack Cork, Leroy Fer, Nathan Dyer (Modou Barrow, 58), Wayne Routledge (Jefferson Montero, 58), Fernando Llorente (Oliver McBurnie, 58).
SUBS: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Jay Rodon, Botti Bia Bi.
STADE RENNAIS: Benoit Costil, Edson Mexer, Pedro Mendes (capt, Sylvain Armand, 77), Clement Chantome (Mehdi Zeffane, 64), Kermit Erasmus (Afonso Figueiredo, 77), Wesley Said (Giovanni Sio, ht), Steven Moreira (Romain Danze, 77), Pedro Henrique Konzen (Adama Diakhaby, 63), Yacouba Sylla, Benjamin Andre, Ludovic Baal.
SUBS: Paul Nardi.
Both teams made early advances as they settled into the encounter, with Leroy Fer firing over from the edge of the box while new signing Fernando Llorente's shot was blocked after he linked up with Nathan Dyer.
Leon Britton then saw his powerful drive from inside the area punched away by keeper Benoit Costil.
Stade Rennais probed through a Pedro Henrique free-kick, who fizzed over the far post from his delivery on the left flank, while his dangerous cross into the box had to be volleyed clear by Stephen Kingsley.
The biggest chance of the game so far came after 26 minutes, with Jack Cork threading through a pass for Wayne Routledge. The winger's low cross found Llorente some six yards out, but his low effort cannoned off the post.
The big Spaniard then went close again eight minutes later as he met Cork's cross with a curling volley that flew past the far post.
The visitors replied via a stinging Kermit Erasmus effort, which was rifled just over the crossbar from 25 yards, before he did the same from 20 yards just moments later.
That proved the final action of a decent opening half of action.
HALF-TIME: Swans 0 Stade Rennais 0
The Swans dominated proceedings in the second half, and they went close to breaking the deadlock on a number of occasions.
Stephen Kingsley curled a 20-yard free-kick just wide while Dyer was denied by Costil from close range before a clearance deflected off Llorente towards goal, only for the keeper to gather.
Francesco Guidolin then made a triple subsitution, with Jefferson Montero, Modou Barrow and Oliver McBurnie all introduced.
And it was Barrow who made an immediate impact as his blistering pace saw him race clear down the left, only for his fine low cross intended for McBurnie to be touched cleared for a corner.
Fer then went within inches of finding the opening goal when he won possession some 25 yards out, before his thunderous drive whizzed past the far post.
But the Swans weren't to be denied any longer, and they took the lead with 20 minutes to go.
And it proved a super sub as Jay Fulton - on for Leon Britton - headed home Barrow's corner with his first touch of the game.
Guidolin also threw on Angel Rangel as the Italian handed further game-time to his squad, but it was fellow sub Barrow who was asking further questions of the French defence.
The Gambian again used his pace to earn space in front of goal, but when he turned inside onto his left foot, his shot struck the crossbar with Costil beaten.
Montero then flashed a low effort wide as the Swans comfortbaly saw out the rest of the game to end the pre-season schedule on a winning note.
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