Certain media like to concentrate on last 4 mins, say we're lucky? Hard work, commitment, Desire & quality is not made with luck. #Swans
— Garry Monk (@GarryMonk16) December 26, 2014
We're definitely lucky because we always see and take opportunities quicker than others! Great back-to-back wins for us this week.Any 1-0 victory usually involves the odd bit of 'if only' from the losing team and Swansea have Fabianski to thank in part along with Alan Hutton wasting a couple of good chances when he was in space in the box (both times seemed to be due to Routledge switching off). You could also say Swans unlucky not to score when Ki and Dyer through on goal.
— Ian Mitchell (@ianmitch9) December 26, 2014
I'm a big fan of the saying (made famous by Gary Player) 'The more I practice, the luckier I get', preparation and hard work may not pay off every time (arguably the defeat to Spurs was the best performance of the last 3 games), but in the long run put you in the right position.
The same could be said about Gylfi's goal, it's not luck that he regularly scores great free kicks (there's plenty of examples on YouTube) but for any individual shot everything needs to be just right. Watching the goal again, interesting to see Bony's leaning in to the wall, which didn't impact on the goal itself but arguably a bit more than a well placed nudge.
What a free kick from Sigurdsson as well! #Swans lead Aston Villa 1-0 at HT http://t.co/g2JcdVLeeD https://t.co/SjHZXvINbbSwansea only had 7 shots in the whole game (from 7 different players) and 2 on target but that was in part driven by scoring first again so early on.
— KickOff.co.uk (@KickOff) December 26, 2014
|Cumulative Shots by Minute: Villa with a spurt just before and after Carroll's substitution, but as against Hull, it was good to see an opponent chasing the game but creating relatively little late on in the game (if you ignore the last few minutes!)|
With another 2 games to come in the next 6 days (3 in 8 if you include the cup game at Tranmere), the whole squad will be tested but it feels like there are always options in almost every position.
There's much talk about the intensive Christmas schedule and I'd be interested to hear from anyone who knows more about these kinds of things than me but arguably Swansea (along with Liverpool) have the 'best' schedule.
QPR played the evening game on Boxing Day then start another match 45.5 hours later followed by us at 3pm on 1st Jan. Swansea on the other hand play 3pm Friday/8pm Monday/3pm Thursday so have 29 hours less rest than QPR but don't have what is presumably a shattering impact of two games in under 48 hours.
All squads are likely to make changes but there's likely to be a few on any side who play all three games so a spread out schedule may be the optimal scenario.
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