October 29, 2011
The obvious storyline for the Swans home fixture against Bolton this afternoon is the return of Darren Pratley. Pratley was one of my favourite players when he was with the Swans, and ironically is just the kind of all-action physical midfielder the team could do with at the moment. The talk might be all about his return to the Liberty, but something far more significant has taken place behind the scenes at Swansea.
October 24, 2011
On Saturday, Swansea learned that conceding two goals in two minutes can cost two points as Wolves' unlikely comeback sabotaged the Swans bid for their first Premier League away win. It was Swans first away draw and away point of the season, but for 83 minutes promised to be so much more. Was it Wolves' controversial substitutions? A lack of concentration from the Swans players? Or did Mick McCarthy's fury and furrowed brow simply will the ball into the net?
October 18, 2011
No-one is going to blame Swansea for not picking up any points on the road versus Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea. Away against Norwich, however, the Swans should have expected to get something. So what went wrong?
October 15, 2011
The international break has seen Joe Allen win his first starts for Wales - and play well - and Michel Vorm take over from an injured Maarten Stekelenburg in the Dutch goal. Allen's Wales debut allowed the Swans to feature three players among the national side's starters for the first time since the early Eighties, and demonstrates the Swans contribution to what Brendan Rodgers has described as the start of a Golden Era for Welsh sport.
October 8, 2011
With an international break coming roughly a month after my first Swans stats summary, I thought now would be as good a time as ever to go for part two. Let's call it a monthly feature. With seven Premier League games played, more of the first team squad have had a chance to feature and a chance to build up some stats to look at. As before, I'll be rolling out my "awards" at the end, including one or two brand new ones, such as the Kool & The Gang Award for best goal celebration. First, we'll take a look at each area of the field, starting with the attack.
October 3, 2011
Seven games played, eight points, four clean sheets, tenth in the table. Not bad for the team the bookmakers had as favourites to go down this season. Swansea's unsung defence stood firm once again, this time against Stoke City's basketball team, and Danny Graham finally opened his account.