Monday, 20 January 2014

Swans 1 - Spurs 3 Match Stats

Generally I'd say you learn more about a team in defeat than in victory but I think analysing the second half display yesterday would be an act of masochism.

Things started well enough with a good opening half hour, although Spurs scored with their first shot there were before that a couple of situations where they had opportunities but failed to create.
Shots by Minute: Swans with only 4 shots in the second half and none after making it 3-1
The way the game went on in the second half it was a relief that things didn't completely implode, defeat if not welcomed was always the most likely outcome.  Much has been made of Swansea's poor home record but that is in part to having lost at home to Man City, Man Utd, Spurs, Arsenal and Everton.  With Newcastle and Liverpool also having visited, only Chelsea of the top 8 remain to visit the Liberty.

With a tough run now behind us (1 point from the last 6 league games is the same return as the corresponding fixtures last season) the next four games are ones where there is expectation rather than just hope.  On the downside all 4 corresponding fixtures last season (or 2011 in Cardiff's case) were defeats so it's a double edged sword, lose to the likes of Spurs and it makes little difference, lose to Fulham and we'll find ourselves really in trouble.

With 11 teams arguably in relegation contention all it needs for any side is a couple of wins to really take the pressure off but things are getting twitchy and the injury list worse after every game.  Canas and Shelvey have been run into the ground which will make it hard for Laudrup to rest Leon for the cup game against Birmingham.

The Ki situation is obviously a bit of a farce where it seems as if we didn't read the small print, for the last couple of games it would have been useful to have him around but give it another couple of weeks and he would probably have been out of the squad again when everyone's fit.

Bony's form however is a ray of light, here he is taking Chiriches to the cleaners: