The Swans fail their first Potteries lesson

Abi Davies has been off our radar for a few weeks due to a free week for the Swans and then her falling ill through lack of football.  But back she came this weekend for the visit to the coldest ground in the Premier league, The Britannia Stadium.

Despite comprehensively condemning Stoke to defeat in the reverse fixture almost 5 months ago,  Sunday’s challenge was always going to be a stern one for the Swans, coming up against arguably the most physical side in the division.

The fixture promised to display a true contrast of styles as Swansea would try to combat Stoke’s direct, long ball tactic with the passing game that has earned them many plaudits this season.

Two sloppy first half goals proved enough for The Potters to inflict further misery on Swansea’s away form, their 2nd successive defeat reiterating their troubles in dealing with the leagues more physical sides. Continue reading

The Baggies throstled by the Swans

After the disappointment of a draw at home to Chelsea, Abi Davies got back on the coach as the Swans headed to the Midlands for the game against fellow midtablers West Bromwich Albion.
Despite conceding an injury time equaliser at home to Chelsea in midweek, Swansea City should have approached Saturday’s game at The Hawthornes with optimum confidence having shown class and quality to earn a point off Villas-Boas Champions League chasers.
Brendan Rodgers unsurprisingly opted for the same eleven that started Tuesday’s game against Chelsea, having delivered a sumptuous display against the Londoners.
Despite falling behind to a Fortune strike at The Hawthornes, Swansea City came from behind in order to record their second away victory of the campaign. Continue reading

Heartbreak hotel at the Liberty

There are few more disappointing things in life than conceding an injury time equaliser – well perhaps an injury time winner.  As a Lewes fan I have been used to seeing both this season, but Abi Davies hasn’t had the privilage…until the 93rd minute yesterday.

Heading into the game on the back of consecutive away defeats, Swansea City were hoping to return to winning ways when they welcomed Chelsea to The Liberty on Tuesday night.  Condemned to just a solitary defeat at home so far this season, Swansea should have had optimum confidence going into the fixture against Villas-Boas side.

Having made 10 changes for the weekends FA Cup tie at Bolton, Brendan Rodgers restored the side that started Swansea’s last league game at The Stadium of Light.

The visitors, without John Terry due to a knee injury, lined up with a centre back partnership of Luiz and Ivanovic. A highly perplexing decision given Chelsea’s recent signing of Gary Cahill, who had to settle for a place on the bench despite Villas-Boas stating that the Londoners would be a far greater force to be reckoned with, due to the recruitment of the English defender. Continue reading

Winning away is overrated anyway

After last week’s memorable win over Arsenal, Abi Davies hopped on the Swan Express and headed north to Wearside to visit the ever improving Sunderland team.

Swansea City went into Saturday’s game at The Stadium Of Light undefeated in their previous 5 games, and on the back of 3 consecutive victories were looking to retain their 100% win record in 2012.

Brendan Rodgers made just one change to the side that started against Arsenal six days ago, as loan signing Gylfi Sigurdsson was handed his full Swansea debut, following a sensational second half performance last weekend.

The Swans should have no shame in the manner in which they lost the game on Saturday, with it taking a sublime strike either side of the interval to condemn the Welsh side to their eighth defeat of the campaign. Continue reading

The Strictly Come Passing Show comes to the Liberty

Strictly Come Passing was the headline of the email Abi Davies sent me last night with her match report and who can argue.  Possibly the finest win the Swans have ever had in front of a global audience of millions will have put them firmly on the map.  Even the usual Wenger moaning after the game couldn’t detract from a fantastic display of football.

Following two successive victories away from home, Swansea City were looking to continue the form that had seen them defeated just once in their last seven prior to Sunday’s fixture.

Given the calibre of Swansea’s performances thus far in the top flight, the majority of Swans fans were optimistic ahead of the game despite the Welsh side being written off by the majority of pundits.

With Swansea possessing mass strength in depth throughout their midfield, Brendan Rodgers had many options at his disposal for Sunday’s game, and opted to reinstate Joe Allen in place of Andrea Orlandi whilst Kemy Agustien and Leon Britton retained their places in the side. Continue reading