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30.07.2016… Wolves v Swans…

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Swansea City 4

Molineux… Saturday July 30th… 3pm

Attendance: 7,968

Ticket: £10 – Programme: £2.50

My 100th game since the start of the blog at the beginning of 2014/15…

A comfortable win for Swansea, and wishful thinking on my part, I’m hoping that every team in the Championship plays this badly when we come up against them this season…

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Outside Molineux…

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Inside Molineux…

Wolverhampton Wanderers; Ikeme, Iorfa (Odoffin, 21), Batth (O’Hanlon 45), Hause, Doherty, Evans (Coady 45), Price (Edwards 45), Saville, Wallace (Byrne 78), Ennis (Collins 78), Henry

Not Used; Lonergan, Wilson

Goals; None

Swansea City; Nordfeldt, Naughton, Fernandez (van der Hoorn 71), Amat, Kingsley (Rangel 45), Britton (Fulton 71), Fer, Cork, Dyer (Barrow 45), Ayew (McBurnie 71), Routledge (Montero 63)

Not Used; Tremmel

Goals; Routledge (12, 62), Naughton (59), McBurnie (84)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

16.04.2016… Swansea (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Swansea City 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday April 16th… 3pm

Attendance: 48,949

Ticket: £33 – Programme: £3

Three goals, three points and a clean sheet. A pleasant change…

Not the greatest of games but then, who cares…? It may be a cliche, but this was definitely one of those days where the result was of far more importance than the performance…

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Outside St. James’… 2.30pm…

First half, and the atmosphere was understandably muted, nerves coupled with an underwhelming game. Things took a turn for the better as half time approached, Jamelle Lascelles heading us into the lead from a corner. Yes, a corner…

The second half was suitably nervy, Swansea had a really strong twenty minute spell where they managed to waste a number of good chances, Gomis (on as a substitute) being the main culprit. Into the last ten minutes and the stress levels were reduced, Moussa Sissoko firing a second, again (really) from a corner. Into the last couple of minutes and Andros Townsend finished it off, finishing cooly following a lovely run and pass from Mitrovic… 3-0…

Mitro could have made it four late on but pulled his shot wide. It didn’t matter though, he was obviously keeping his powder dry for when it does…

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First Half Action…

The result, coupled with Sunderland’s 3-0 win at Norwich meant that we were back in the hunt, albeit only just…

If we can only get something against Citeh on Tuesday night. Then maybe, just maybe, that dreaded ‘hope’ thing may start to return…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita (YC), Mbemba (YC), Lascelles, Dummett, Tioté (Shelvey 66), Colback, Townsend, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Pérez 73, Cissé (Mitrovic 80)

Not Used; de Jong, Obertan, Aarons, Woodman

Goals; Lascelles, Sissoko, Townsend

Swansea City; Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer (YC) (Barrow 57), Ayew (Gomis 71), Sigurdsson, Montero, Paloschi (Routledge 84)

Not Used; Amat, Britton, Nordfeldt, Naughton

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

04.10.2014… Swansea (a)…

Swansea City 2 Newcastle United 2

Liberty Stadium… Saturday October 4th… 3pm

Attendance: 20,622

Ticket: £25 (Reciprocal Agreement) – Programme: £3

* Warning, the following report may contain traces of despondency and negativity.

Another Saturday, another long and expensive train journey. More importantly, another new ground…

The Liberty Stadium, a modern arena that conforms to the rules of most new builds. Frankie & Benny’s… Check… TGI Fridays… Check…. Neat and tidy, landscaping all round but lacking in character. Three of the stands look almost exactly the same (see pics), with only the fourth (the main West Stand) differing in design.  I guess that character is something that develops over time; we’ll just have to wait and see.  In its defence, maybe it’s a ground that’s been designed to work better from a distance, as it looked impressive from the train as I headed home…

Onto more mundane matters; Ashley was in attendance, overwhelming evidence of a white blimp in the director’s box….  And another shock, Pardew ventured into his technical area; I think most fans are so disillusioned that they can’t even be bothered to barrack him, goal achieved, spirit broken…

Liberty Stadium, Outside...

Liberty Stadium, Outside…

The match itself… Not a lot to say really, other than we were very lucky…

Swansea scored early through Bony, then they missed a sitter; moving forward a few minutes and Krul pulled off a fantastic save from Bony.  Approaching half-time Swansea minds wandered, we equalised at the near post through Cisse…

Second half… 48 minutes, we conceded a soft goal to a grateful Wayne Routledge and certainly didn’t look like offering anything up front. More concerted pressure followed, Krul pulled off another world class save. On came Sammy and Riviere; Sammy looking convincing for once, he crossed, Cisse scored, 2-2…

The game could have gone either way in the latter stages, our confidence raised by the unlikely turn of events but a Newcastle win would have been more than a little embarrassing…

To summarise;  the point doesn’t paper over the cracks, this was another awful performance; Swansea must still be wondering how they managed to throw away two points from a game in which they created enough chances to win several times over…

And while I remember, the new third kit, even without the ‘W***a’ logo it’s one of our worst, and we’ve had some bad ones…

Liberty Stadium, Inside...

Liberty Stadium, Inside…

So I headed home, well back to the Midlands.  The train I took from Bristol to Birmingham was heading for Manchester Piccadilly, as the doors opened at New Street I was greeted by a sea of Manchester City fans fresh from another win…

It made me think, hypothetically, would I rather that my club was run like Manchester City or Swansea City? The honest answer, Swansea every time; sustainable growth from a club with a heart. We’ve tried it the other way, it’s not viable in the long term and you lose sight of the things that matter. But neither is a choice that we currently have, Mike Ashley has seen to that…

It almost took my mind off how bad we were today but not quite…

Swansea; Fabianski, Richards, Fernández, Williams, Taylor, Ki Sung-yueng, Shelvey (YC), Dyer (Montero 86), Sigurdsson (Emnes 86), Routledge, Bony Not Used; Carroll, Gomis, Tremmel, Bartley, Shephard

Goals; Bony (17), Routledge (50)

Newcastle United;  Krul, Janmaat (YC), Williamson, Coloccini (YC), Dummett, Obertan, Tioté, Sissoko (YC), Colback (Riviere 69), Gouffran (Ameobi 58), Cissé (Pérez Gutiérrez 85) Not Used; Anita, Haidara, Cabella, Elliot

Goals; Cisse (43, 75)

As usual, More pictures on flickr…