May 3, 2012
Straight on the back of securing mathematical Premier League safety, the Swans have unveiled their new away kit for next season, and it's a beauty.
April 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.
April 14, 2012
I'd previously wondered whether a couple of losses meant the wheels were starting to come off Brendan's bus. After a fourth loss in a row, it's hard to argue that they're not. What's going wrong, and how can the Swans fix it?
April 4, 2012
A week after conceding only their third home defeat all season, the Swans were beaten away by Spurs. The defeat marked just the second time the Swans have lost two consecutive games this season, but such streaks were something Brendan's men managed to avoid until the end of February. Does this mean the wheels are starting to come off?
March 25, 2012
It looks like most of my optimism from yesterday was unfounded, as the Swans were nullified by David Moyes expert tactics. A loss at this point in the season shouldn't worry the Swans too much, and four in a row was always a lofty goal for a newly promoted team.
March 8, 2012
With two perfect strikes Gylfi Sigurdsson practically put number 42 shirts on back order at the Swans club shop until next year... but will Sigurdsson still be wearing a Swans shirt come next season? And is Nathan Dyer's three game suspension too much?
February 28, 2012
Stoke City have a reputation for winning ugly. Last Saturday's performance against the Swans isn't going to change their reputation anytime soon.
February 15, 2012
Well, it happened again. Swansea lost for a second time at home. With a few tricky away fixtures coming up, Brendan Rodgers needs to stop the bleeding quickly.
February 3, 2012
Giving up an own goal to squander two points versus Chelsea was heartbreaking for the Swans. On the other hand, when a newly promoted team can complain about only getting one point instead of three against big six opposition, things can't be that bad.
January 24, 2012
Brilliance against Arsenal, bewilderment against Sunderland and a few small squad moves...
January 9, 2012
Christmas and New Year celebrations are (just about) over, so it's back to business as usual. By way of catching up, here's a Santa's sack full of week-old observations from the Swans exploits over the holidays.
December 25, 2011
Following two difficult away games, Swansea have signing-of-the-season Michel Vorm to thank for the single point the Swans scraped up on their travels.
December 19, 2011
Following Swansea's dismal self sabotage against Blackburn, the Swans picked themselves up to chalk up a very respectable three points against a decent Fulham side.
If the game against Blackburn had been frustrating way to squander three points, the Swans certainly learned their lesson. The chief culprit that day was the way the team defended (or rather didn't defend) set-pieces. Against Fulham, the focus was back, the Swans successfully defending five corners in posting another clean sheet.
December 4, 2011
In a frustrating game which Swansea had no place losing, Blackburn might have given the Swans a few ideas for their Christmas list to Santa. Top of the list, a centre back like Chris Samba.
Samba was a giant in this game, both physically and figuratively, routinely blocking shots and disrupting Swansea's attacking moves at one end, and making a nuisance of himself at set pieces at the other, his virtually uncontested header across the goal setting up Yakubu's third.
November 30, 2011
In a match completely overshadowed by the tragic news of Gary Speed's untimely end, Swansea showed how they've got some of the Premier League teams scared.
November 20, 2011
The most eagerly anticipated home fixture of the Swans maiden Premier League season has come and gone, and whilst the Swans couldn't pull off a miracle victory or steal a draw, losing by a single goal was perhaps the noblest realistic result possible.
November 11, 2011
It is hard to come up with enough superlatives to describe Swansea's performance against Liverpool, and since I'm writing this a little late after the fact, it seems pointless to regurgitate the same sentiments that have been flowing freely since Saturday. Suffice it to say, the Swans put in an excellent performance, and once again took visible strides towards becoming a legitimate long-term proposition as a top flight club.
November 3, 2011
The Swans recovery following a humbling loss to Norwich City three weeks ago has demonstrated the underlying steel Brendan Rodgers has been manufacturing in his charges since taking over the reigns of the club. The Swans put on a clinical display at Wolves a week after the loss, only to be forced to settle for a draw after the sort of meltdown that might put other teams into a tailspin until Christmas. Not the Swans. Instead, Brendan's boys returned home to comfortably demolish a pretty decent Bolton Wanderers team, 3-1.
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 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.
September 27, 2011
A less than memorable Stamford Bridge return for Brendan Rodgers and Scott Sinclair saw the Swans put in their weakest display in the Premier League so far.
September 18, 2011
Swansea laid to rest their goal drought demons with a comprehensive three goal victory over West Bromwich Albion, and it couldn't have come at at better time. With four games already ticked off the fixture list, the Swans couldn't afford to go a fifth with no goals without seriously damaging their confidence. Not only that, but wins for Norwich, QPR and Blackburn meant Swansea needed some points to keep up with the pack.
September 12, 2011
It was always going to be a tall order for Swansea to break their scoring duck against a defensively retooled Arsenal side, especially one out to redress the balance of power following their humiliation at Old Trafford.
Regardless of how much scrutiny and derision Wenger and his men have come under this season, Arsenal remain one of the big six teams, and therefore not a side anyone expected Swansea to get a result against. Of course, it is precisely because of this that the result might rankle a bit more than it should; Arsenal's single goal coming from a mistake by the usually impeccable Vorm to blot what might otherwise have been at least a point against superior opposition (superior at least on paper).
It would be naive to assume the game would simply have ended 0-0 had Vorm not bowled a spare off Rangel's heels, or had Arshavin missed the open net (we all understand causality after all) but on another day it might even have ended with a Swansea victory; Scott Sinclair hitting the bar for the second game running and Danny Graham - the loneliest man in Swansea - missing what appeared to be a sitter in injury time.
August 30, 2011
Swansea's progress through the first three matches of their Premier League season presents a half-glass situation for Swans fans; those who worry that the team have yet to score will see the glass half empty, though they needn't worry. Swansea created a handful of chances against Wigan but doubled their efforts versus Sunderland, with Danny Graham alone coming close on no less than four separate occasions. Graham ought to have buried his first header, unmarked and maybe ten yards out. Although his miss will have left Swans fans shaking their heads, he should be commended for finding so much space against a seasoned Premier League defence. With at least half a dozen other quality chances, the best of which saw Scott Sinclair rattle a spectacular shot off the underside of the crossbar, it is clear the Swans attack is growing in confidence; the team were frankly unlucky not to have won the game.
August 25, 2011
There aren't many positives to take from Swansea's humiliating defeat to League Two's Shrewsbury Town. The obvious if slightly ignoble plus is that the Swans have one less distraction whilst they concentrate on Premier League survival; a sentiment shared (and brazenly admitted to) by QPR's Neil Warnock, who also saw his side crash out in less than flattering fashion to Rotherham. Not wanting to be undone by their survival rivals, Norwich also threw themselves on the fire, perhaps winning the sweepstakes of shame in losing by the biggest margin, 4-0 to MK Dons.
August 23, 2011
For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding Swansea's first ever home Premier League fixture, the game itself was a tentative slow burner; the latter part of the second half was somewhat more exciting and featured the game's biggest moment, as new Swans keeper Michel Vorm continued to amaze by pulling out a penalty save to salvage a point, living up to his "penalty killer" reputation in the process. With the goalkeeping as solid as it's ever been, all question marks are now pointed sharply towards the goal-scoring department.
August 16, 2011
The Swans first top flight game in thirty years was never going to match the five-one whomping the '81 side stuck on a strong Leeds United team back in the day; these Swans were more likely to be on the receiving end of such a scoreline, but that is more a reflection of the modern game (i.e. the money game) than anything else.