MATCH PREVIEW: Swansea City v Newcastle United, Liberty Stadium, 4/Oct/14, KO: 3pm, Premier League.

by • October 2, 2014 • Match previewsComments (7)802

This is the first and only time I will ever say this, but I cant wait for the International breakSackPardew which will immediately follow this fixture. The absolute, head-fuck, of a campaign that we’re making a complete arse of, is already getting on my tits.

The “joke” that Ashley played on Pardew, the team, the press and the fans backfired totally. The extra pressure it brought on the team, did us no favours as we buckled in the Potteries. It increased the scrutiny on Pardew, and created a new test for him….. Naturally, he failed, and we find ourselves with another defeat in the bag, the same manager and coaching set up, and ultimately, the same misfiring pool of players to pick from.

We know exactly how we got here…….. After a decent start to the transfer window, our “crack” team of transfer negotiators (I think that means our team of negotiators are on crack) got the squad’s priorities completely wrong, and went shopping for next season when a Premier League standard centre forward was a must.

It absolutely does not help that in effect, we have replaced Yohan Cabaye with the 2014 version of Kevin Dillon. Whoever’s idea that was, wants shooting with shite.

In contrast to our shocking start, Swansea have made a good one. They swapped Michu forcheckem_newcastle_utd Gomis in the summer and retained Bony. But if ever there was a reason to suggest Pardew may not quite have the eye for a Premier League player, like he makes out, it’s in Swansea’s team. Wayne Routledge, was pushed out of United as Pardew tried to convince us he wasn’t good enough……….. When I look at Smmy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko underperforming in the wide areas, it’s obviously an extra kick in the stones, to see Routledge’s stock on the rise and Swansea sitting 5th top!!!

Gary Monk’s side have some steady home form, having beaten both Burnley (1-0) and WBA (3-0) in Wales. Everton and Rotherham were both dispatched in the league cup on home soil too.

Nathan Dyer has 4 goals to his name so far this season. Leon Britton misses out with a knee injury.

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It became quite apparent as the Stoke match wore on, that Gabriel Obertan is easily our checkemswanseabest option on the right wing at this moment in time. That says as much about the lack of quality available as it does about any meteoric rise in the former Man Utd winger’s ability.

It was back to the slim pickings up top again. Now seeing as there’s a growing number of our support who appear desperately keen to see how 2 under-performing centre forwards would work together, presumably on the basis that merely having 2 men up front must be better than having 1, well then, maybe it’s time to give them what they want….. If nothing else, it gives people 1 less thing to whinge about……… As far as Im concerned, it’s got fuck all to do with formations, it’s combination of some absolutely, shit, players, some out of form players, a manager who is out of his depth, a coaching team that are showing no tangible signs of improving areas through coaching and a board that fucked up, desperately.

By all means, sack the manager, but that won’t fix this mess.

In goal, meh, stick with Krul.

At the back, Williamson or Steven Taylor? Seriously, who gives a fuck? Is it really worth moaning on twitter about it? One is truly out of his depth (and some of you wanted the cunt to go to Brazil!!) and the other hasn’t improved since Sir Bobby Robson left the club. The captain, just isn’t reaching previous heights. Janmaat, is the only right back available. Dummett is a better defender than Haidara, Haidara is better going forward. I’d take a wild guess that on some football manager game, from when you first start it to within 3 years, Haidara goes to Juventus for £12m whilst Dummett goes to Swindon, so naturally, there’s a huge clamour for the Frenchman. It makes no odds really because as soon as Santon is fit, he’ll be playing anyway.

Midfield…… Obertan may as well be given a chance, Tiote will hopefully play better than Monday, Dillon is the exactly Pardew’s type of player. He’s our Hayden Mullins without Mullins’s ability.

Cabella, needs more time, but, I cant wait to see him playing when it gets a bit, cold.

Up front, lets try the 2 strikers

Our corner kicks and free kicks should wither be scrapped or, a raffle ticket winner from the away end, should take them


Ryan Taylor – Knee –

Davide Santon – Knee – November

Siem De Jong – Groin – December

Rolando Aarons – Hamstring – November

Possible Team (4-4-2)

1.Tim Krul: 2. Daryl Janmaat, 5. Steven Taylor, 6. Fabricio Coloccini (Capt), 3. Paul Dummett: 7. Gabriel Obertan, 8. Moussa Sissoko, 4. Cheick Tiote, 11. Remy Cabella: 9. Emmanuel Riviere, 10. Papiss Cisse:


Rob Elliot, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Kevin Dillon, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez

Referee: Lee Mason

League History at Swansea

1983/84 United won 2-1 at the Vetch Field as we visited Wales twice in a week. On a day when United fielded Beardsley, Keegan and Waddle the goals came from Blakelaw’s finest, Kenny Wharton and sub, David Mills. Attendance, 9,807.

2009/10 drew 1-1 Andy Carroll did the business with a late equaliser after Cotterill had put the hosts ahead. Unattractive, but a point along the way to promotion. Attendance, 15,188.

2011/12 won 2-0 With Papiss Cisse hitting 2. The second one was outstanding. Attendance, 19,874

Cisse’s goals around the 4 minute mark.

2012/13 Lost 0-1. A weird game that we could have got completely stuffed in, could also have won but actually managed to lose with one of the scrappiest, shittiest goals ever. Attendance was 20,405.

2013/14 Lost 0-3. Scudded. Nathan Dyer, an OG and a Shelvey goal sent us home with nowt. Some good fortune for the home side too.

Swansea Fanzines

Swansea Oh Swansea


A Touch Far Vetched


2-1 to the home side and some reshuffling of deck chairs, of titanic levels during the international break.

Chris Betts


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7 Responses to MATCH PREVIEW: Swansea City v Newcastle United, Liberty Stadium, 4/Oct/14, KO: 3pm, Premier League.

  1. Pat Hughes says:

    I’m in the ‘let’s have 2 upfront’ gang. You need an exceptionally talented and focused striker to go along the lone route. It’s so easy for our ‘lone’ guy to be hassled, bullied and pestered by the opposition defenders – if we have 2 it might cause a bit of confusion whilst we find the net. As for the rest of the team …. why not have a ‘hands up’ system? AP says hands up if you want to play on the wing, centre midfield, defence etc. It might create some excitement amongst the players as they get to try out new (or preferred) positions. Of course that then provides AP with a new and untested excuse – it was xxxxxx’s fault because he put his hand up. Sorted.

  2. Stephen says:

    Cisse and Perez, give them 70 mins (i don’t think they can both last a full game at the moment), lets see what they can do together.

    Alan, it’s all about timing ! there’s a job waiting for you at Fulham.

    • Allan Rogers says:

      Ashley hates the Newcastle fans what he is thinking that its his club not ours he is keeping Pardew in that job to show us he is making the decisions not us.He has no interest in Newcastle as a football club. The Daily Mirror comment yesterday said it all protests must be stay away from St James and his shops

  3. tom bates says:

    Not sure how Taylor is better than Williamson, Willo is an average player but he did the basics ok against Stoke I thought. Obertan is more of an impact sub than a starter.

    • Steven Mitchell says:

      Think the point being made is they’re both shite!

    • Chris Betts says:

      To be fair, I suggested that both were substandard, however if you do want to break it down between Williamson and Taylor, Williamson can ha she 1 element of defending, that is heading a straight downfield ball back the way it came from. He is poor at everything else. Taylor is a better, tackler, better at reading the danger, better dealing with wide balls into the box

  4. Gary says:

    I know he’s gone but Ben arfa was an option to keep a couple of defenders busy, in all honesty the last two games with any fight were 12/13 against Arsenal and Manure both games played away#Pardewout