After 4 games, project restart is becoming everyone’s worst nightmare. Blues have picked up 1 point from a possible 12, whilst teams below us have slowly started picking up points. This put a huge importance on the clash with the South Wales side, as Blues are desperate to create some breathing space between them and that dreaded dotted line.
Clotet opted to drop Jude to the bench and return to the tried and tested 4-4-2, with Juke and Hogan leading the line.
After 5 minutes his decision was rewarded with a fine Jutkiewicz header, well deserved after some sustained pressure early on. However, that lasted a mere 7 minutes and our defensive frailties were on show again – poor marking from Pedersen, allowing his man to get goal side and knock the ball down to an unmarked Brewster to fire home. The rest of the first half was almost as damp as the weather, especially when Swansea added a 2nd just before the whistle.
The second half came and so did at tactical switch, Bellingham on for Hogan – which suggested Pep wanted us to keep hold of the ball more. He had a great opportunity to draw Blues level, but dragged his shot wide. The new half didn’t change much, as more poor defensive structure allowed Swansea to capitalise with a training ground worked corner.
Blues continued to offer very little going forward and relied on a long throw in from Roberts or corners which usually resulted from them.
The last 15 minutes just seemed like Swansea we’re happy to sit back and control what very little Blues could throw at them and almost added a fourth, from once again sloppy defensive work, but Camp managed to stop Brewster from lobbing the ball over him.
Overall another evening to forget and another 3 goals shipped at home. Adios Pep?
Once again, let down by what’s in front of him. Can’t do much when the opposition are given so much freedom in his box. You could question his direction of diving for the first, but there comes a time where you need to ask questions of the backline. Bailed us out and stopped Swansea from getting a fourth late on.
Poor marking once again for Swansea’s first, seems to be a shadow of himself (pre restart). Weak headed clearance which started the move for Swansea’s second.
Knocked the ball down into Jutkiewicz’s path for the opener. However, struggled to get to grips with Brewster in the first half and butchered an easy clearance late on in the first half, which led to Swansea’s second.
Like Clarke-Salter struggled with the pace of Brewster and ended up at sixes and sevens at time. Gave Cabango too much room inside the box to stick away the second.
Linked up with Crowley in passages, but didn’t have much work to defensively as Swansea targeted the left hand side, with every reason.
Our biggest threat when in possesion, provided some threatening deliveries during the best spell of 5 minutes. When we can’t get him in the game, we don’t stand much of a chance. Subbed with 15 minutes to go.
Victim of the philosophy of not using the middle of the park and launching the to the strikers. However, slow to get out and effectively close down from Pedersen’s header which led to the second goal. Blues have well and truly sucked any talent of him and brought his level down to those around him.
Complete passenger for the entirety of the game. Couldn’t drag Blues out of trouble like he had done against Hull. Hard to judge when Blues persist on completely bypassing the middle of the park.
Supplied a dangerous ball into the box which lead to the opener. Struggled to get into the game and isn’t showing for the ball as previous games. A complete cardboard cutout when we haven’t got possession
Atypical from Juke, put it on his head and he will score. Didn’t do a great deal to worry Swansea after the goal.
Offered nothing in the first half, which meant he was hooked at the break for Jude.