Saturday, 8 December 2012

Swansea 3 - Norwich 4 Review

For the initial review of the match I'm going to go more for images than stats as the match was lost largely due to a number of individual errors.  After only conceding one goal in the previous three games, it was big blow to concede three in one half.

The first goal was the result of a neat one-two but ultimately I felt that Williams allowed Whittaker to come inside too easily to have the shot.  Tremmel may have been beaten at his near post but from that distance and  from a shot with that power I don't think he could have done much.
Williams allows Whittaker to cut inside to get a shot away from a better angle
The second goal was largely down to Tremmel taking a chance and assuming Bassong was going to head back across goal.  If you look at the image below and had to guess what was going to happen next you would assume the ball would be headed back across the six yard box.  Unlike other positions, when a keeper makes a split second decision that turns out to be wrong he ends up looking foolish.
Bassong must be credited for spotting the gap to score the header
For the third Norwich goal it can again be argued this was due to bad Swansea defending, this time Ki completely loses Grant Holt.
Ki ends up losing Holt to give him a free header
Norwich's fourth was an excellent free-kick, but that free kick came from clever play from Holt to run across Williams' path, wait for contact and get the free-kick.
Holt in front of Williams: due to their relative positioning, Holt doesn't need to be exceptionally quick, just gets in between Williams and the ball and waits for the foul.

Despite the finger-pointing above, it's not a time for panic or rubbishing the team.  Some days you make mistakes and they get punished, over the course of a season there are bound to be games after which you say 'How did that happen'.

The absence of Britton again shows his value and I was a bit surprised not to see Agustien play, either instead of De Guzman or instead of Graham with Michu as the lone striker.  There are plenty of positives from the second half display and another two goals for Michu.

I remember a few weeks ago seeing him being 66/1 to be top scorer in the league this season, I thought it looked a big price but didn't think that a Swans player would be top league scorer any time soon, although at this rate I may well be wrong.