Swansea City’s Season Beginning To Look Bright After West Brom Win
Last weekend was a superb one for Swansea City fans as the club finally secured their first win in the Premiership, scoring their first goals and securing their first ‘sell out’ of the season as the crowd finally hit the 20,000 mark.
It’s been an anxious time for all at the Liberty Stadium but fans can now breathe a huge sigh of relief with the vital three points propelling Brendan Rogers’s side into fourteenth position and, after an impressive win on Saturday, pundits may be re-evaluating their views of Swansea as one of the ‘whipping boys’ of the league.
For fans, we can only be proud and optimistic of the development of the side over the last month.
For almost an hour at the Etihad in our opening Premiership fixture we managed to thwart Roberto Mancini’sside, until L37m man Sergio Aguero made an appearance from the bench– a man who cost more money than our own Liberty Stadium cost to build, while 0-0 draws with Wigan and Sunderland at home all earned the side a vital couple of points.
A visit to Arsenal saw us come away with nothing, but the disappointment of giving away a calamitous goal was quickly filled with quiet optimism as I made my way back to Swansea on the 18:45 train from Paddington.
Not only had we competed with Arsenal at the Emirates for 90 minutes but realistically we should have taken at least a point. Ashley Williams and Steven Caulker looked dominant at the back, while Neil Taylor kept England international Theo Walcott quiet all game. Danny Graham was still tirelessly working up front to find his first goal and Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer continued their superb form as they powered up the flanks.
Yes, we came away with nothing, but the performance spoke volumes as to how far this side has come under Brendan Rogers.
So, on to Saturday as the Baggies of West Brom paid their first visit to the Liberty, we were dealt a blow in the week with the news that Steven Caulker had to return to Tottenham for treatment after colliding with a post in the Arsenal game, while Danny Graham had picked up a back strain.
The signs were not good, but the experienced Garry Monk came back into the side while new signing Leroy Lita started up front. In hindsight, there was no need for concern.
West Brom were extremely disappointing from the whistle, and Roy Hodgson really does look to have his work cut out for him at the Hawthorns this season. The Swans dominated the game, piled forward and passed the ball beautifully, as they had in the Championship, buoyed on by a vociferous home crowd, and of course, it was not long before Scott Sinclair got the Swans off and running with a penalty.
Again, Ashley Williams cemented his stature as our jewel in the crown at the back as he marshalled the defence, goalkeeper Michel Vorm looked composed between the posts after his error, while Joe Allen and Leon Britton mopped up any loose passes in midfield. Leroy Lita also staked a claim for a starting birth up front with a well taken header.
It was indeed a ‘beautiful day’ at the Liberty.
Yes, we face the might of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend, but with only five goals conceded (four against Man City) in our opening five games, there is plenty to be optimistic about as we face Torres and co.
The Swans are up and running, and I for one am enjoying the ride.