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Posted by Max Hicks on 04/19/2012

I've been waiting in the aftermath of Swansea's solid three nil win over Blackburn for some sort of epiphany to share with you regarding their performance, but nothing has come. This might be due to the fact the Swans victory was not an anomaly, a work of special inspiration or against the odds. It was simply a good side getting back on track after a slump.

When I say it was not 'a work of special inspiration', that is to take nothing away from the performance. Certainly, Siggy's excellent opening goal was very much a work of inspiration, as was the triple-threat tic-tac-toe which saw Nathan Dyer slice home after some pretty build up play (itself an inadvertent homage to a certain England goal from Euro '96).

However, these are the games the Swans ought to win, and to see them do exactly that whilst posting a clean sheet in the process was very satisfying. The game was important because a loss to Steve Kean's struggling Blackburn side, at home, would have risked putting the Swans collective confidence in a irrecoverable slump after those four losses on the trot.

Blackburn might seem like easy pickings, and it was certainly a mystery why Steve Kean didn't instruct his charges to press the Swans in the way the last four opponents did so successfully. Blackburn's play was narrow and largely undangerous (with David Dunn acutely conspicuous, almost the odd-man-out by virtue of his effort) which allowed the Swans to rediscover the joy of their passing game.

As I called for in the last entry, the urgency and intent was back. No more sitting on the ball in front of the penalty area, at least not until winning by a couple of goals, at which point the slow possession game becomes enjoyable to behold instead of maddeningly frustrating.

Also thankfully absent from the Swans play was the predictability which had set in. The passes were more inventive, distance and direction varied and effective, and for the first time in a while Scott Sinclair appeared to be having a good time, dancing around Blackburn boots for fun en route to setting up the double-deflected third goal.

Next up, a potentially tricky away fixture at Bolton. Owen Coyle will be looking to use his two games in hand on their relegation rivals to elevate his side to safety, and will have designs on taking all the points against the Swans to achieve that aim. Whilst more or less guaranteed safety, the Swans for their own part will be looking to continue their return to form and surely won't fancy another taste of defeat so soon after switching back to a diet of sweet, sweet victory.

Predictions?

Positives : Incision! Pace! Focus! Forward passes! Also three goals and a clean sheet. Also, 42 points.

Negatives : Alan Tate's injury curse continues.


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