Newcastle went down 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium today and it was the first 15 minutes that saw Swansea all over Newcastle, and it took only nine minutes for the home side to go ahead.
It was all too easy for the home side, as Shelby split the Newcastle defense wide open and found Gomis through the middle, who was just onside, and he went around Tim Krul before putting the ball into an empty net.
Bafe Gomis after scoring early in the game
But the best player on the park today was left winger Jefferson Montero, the Ecuadorian International. and he gave all kinds of trouble to Daryl Janmaat and the Dutchman picked up a yellow card after only 17 minutes with a foul on the 25 year-old.
Janmaat simply couldn’t handle the speed and skill of Montero and then tragedy struck after 41 minutes for Newcastle, as Janmaat pulled back Montero after he had again gone past him and the referee produced another yellow card and he was sent off.
It seemed to be only a matter of time before Janmaat picked up that second caution, and of course that changed the game completely and it was after Newcastle were coming back into the game.
And just to make things worse it looked like Sissoko picked up a groin injury just before half time.
Steven Taylor came on for the injured Sissoko in the second half but after 50 minutes Sigurdsson hit the cross-bar with Krul beaten, and the ball dropped on the line but not over it – a let-off for Newcastle.
Andre Ayew then headed home after 52 minutes for his second goal in as many games as he beat Coloccini to the cross from – Montero – who else – and the left winger was just too much for Newcastle today.
Rolando Aarons came on for Papiss Cisse, and in the second half it was all hands to the pump for Newcastle.
Another left wing cross from Montero saw Andre Ayew head the ball wide when he should have done better.
Just like last week the opposition were allowed to get far too many crosses in and we need to improve and probably need a top class full back brought in over the next two weeks.
Janmaat had what you would call a howler today in that first half, and ended up getting himself sent off – not good for a player who was our Player of the Season last term.
Maybe McClaren should have taken him off before the inevitable happened, but we had no full-backs on the bench and Vurnon Anita went to right back.
It was a tragic game for Newcastle, but we shot ourselves in the foot when Janmaat got himself sent off and we started the game on the back foot for about the first 20 minutes, and the game could have been lost by then.
It does show that we are not as well off at full-back as we may think, and we need to bring in a full back – a top one who preferably can play either side.
Montero was just too much for Janmaat today and before we could get into the game we were down to 10 men.
Daryl will now miss the game at Old Trafford next weekend, but this was not a good game for Newcastle, although we did play well in patches – but the defense is again still our weakness.
That was obvious for everybody to see today.