The Swansea defence is in danger of developing a Jekyll-and-Hyde syndrome; as bad away as it is good at home. Injuries are taking an increasingly obvious toll; Garry Monk is not match fit, his usual positional savvy compromised by a lingering foot injury. The Swans have not fielded two healthy centre backs since the fourth game of the season and it shows. I wonder if newcomer Vangelis Moras might see his first action against Wolves next week.
The goals Swansea gave up to Norwich were not works of high art or wizardry; they were ordinary, defensible goals. In a game with an undertone of new boy rivalry, Swansea allowed Norwich to look better than they are, which is to say the Swans were a shadow of themselves; the intelligent probing of Wayne Routledge, enjoying his first fully convincing performance of the season, undermined by schoolboy defending.
A bigger problem might be the Swans lack of away spirit in the face of adversity. The team initially responded magnificently to going two down; Scott Sinclair showing tremendous intent to hook the ball whilst lying on his back for Danny Graham to score his second is as many games. The rest of the first half saw the Swans in the ascendancy, and then came the dreaded half time whistle.
I say dreaded because it occurs to me that usually, the break does Swansea no favours. At the approach of the half, the Swans are typically enjoying the majority of the possession whilst creating chances. Following the half, opposing teams have shown the knack to regroup and stymie the Swans game plan; in other words the break gives the other team a chance to figure out what the heck is going on. I almost wish Swansea could play a continuous 90 minutes; fitness allowing, they'd be better off for it.
The Swans second half display was uninspiring, and after the back-breaking third went in, the Swans looked like they were stunned, part going through the motions, part hoping some sort of magic would materialise from somewhere to save them, with no one player willing to take up the mantle, save perhaps for Danny Graham, who played well all game and even convinced in a 20 minute stint on the right wing at the end. What was needed was more of the same moxie that Scott Sinclair showed to manufacture Graham's goal, but from the whole team. The Swans seemed to visibly wither after that third goal, making the result inevitable.
Swansea have the talent, the tactics and by and large the personnel to compete at this level. What the team needs now, away from home, is a f**k you attitude. Hopefully, we'll start to see some of that starting at Molineux.
Positives : Sinclair's acrobatics. Golden Graham part II. Routledge starting to click.
Negatives : Less defence than Ted Bundy. Worse marking than a substitute teacher. Getting the sunny end in the first half.