In yesterday’s game we made notes of the major plays as the game unfolded and in retrospect we weren’t in this game for too long before Swansea scored – just nine minutes and it was a display that was hard to take because it looked too much like the way we played (or didn’t play) like earlier this year – when we were simply atrocious.
There was some semblance of a willingness to pass the ball around after the first goal, and we were coming more into the game, but that all went to hell in a hand-basket when Daryl Janmaat got himself send off in this game four minutes before half time.
Daryl Janmaat fouls Montero yesterday – again
This is how we saw the game yesterday as it happened.
Newcastle turned out in their dark blue and red (dark pink?) away shirts against Swansea who were in their usual all-white strips.
Newcastle were very much second best in the first few minutes of this game as Swansea piled forward and Montero on the left wing was giving all kinds of trouble with his speed and skill.
It seemed just seemed a matter of time before the home team would score as we were hanging on.
After 9 minutes Swansea went ahead and it was all too easy, as Shelby split the Newcastle defense with a pass to Gomis, who was just onside and he went around Tim Krul before putting the ball into an empty net.
Shelby was prominent in the center as it was all the home side in the opening minutes with Newcastle finding it difficult o even get the ball.
On 17 minutes another foul by Janmaat on Montero saw him get a yellow card, and he would have to be careful now.
On 20 minutes there was some great play by Chancel Mbemba as he made two good tackles to come away with the ball – this lad looks good.
And then Coloccini did well to block a shot from Sigurdsson and the ball went for a corner.
Newcastle were coming more into the game after a frantic start by the home side, and a good move by the Magpies saw Sissoko shoot way over the bar.
Montero had the beating of Janmaat and Swansea were launching a lot of their attacks down the left hand side of the filed, and he waltzed past the Dutchman along the bye line but the ball was cleared.
At this point Montero was proving just too much for Newcastle as McClaren and Simpson on the touchline were trying to get Newcastle more organized to deal with the threat down Swansea’s left wing with Sissoko helping out more.
On 36 minutes a good move by Newcastle saw Gabby Obertan move well in the penalty area almost get the ball to Cisse, but the ball was well cleared by Fernendez, who was injured in the process.
Then tragedy struck Newcastle as Janmaat pulled back Montero after he had again gone past him, and the referee produced another yellow card and the Dutchman was sent off.
Janmaat had what you would call a howler today, and ended up getting himself sent off – not good for a player who was our Player of the Season last term.
Anita went to right back since we didn’t have a recognized full back on the subs bench, but two center-backs in Taylor and Williamson (why?).
But what this does show is that Newcastle must bring in a top full back before the window closes – preferably one that can play either side of the field.
Why did we sell Santon again?
It was now going to be a very tall order for Newcastle to get anything out of this game, and Janmaat will miss the game at Old Trafford next weekend.
And then it was Montero again who was through and he shot and the ball hit the bottom of the upright – a let-off for Newcastle with Tim Krul beaten.
And just to make things worse it looked like Moussa Sissoko had picked up a groin injury just before half time.
Gini Wijnaldum had a chance with a free kick just outside the box before half time, but he blazed the ball well over.
It was 1-0 at the half and the game looked over – it was going to be difficult with the side 1-0 down with 10 men.
Steven Taylor came on for the injured Sissoko to start the second half.
Sigurdsson then hit the cross-bar with Krul beaten and the ball dropped onto the line but not over it – a let-off for Newcastle.
Andre Ayew headed home after 52 minutes for his second goal in as many games for the Swans, and guess who crossed the ball from the left – it was that man Jefferson Montero again.
This time he was too good for Mbemba and he beat the Congo DR International before sending over the cross, and Coloccini was beaten to the cross by the Ghanaian International.
That was too much like the two goals we conceded last week against the Saints.
Rolando Aarons came on for Papiss Cisse after 54 minutes, and it was all hands to the pump for Newcastle.
And a few minutes later another left wing cross saw Ayew heading the ball wide when he should have done better – that should have been 3-0.
Newcastle were starting to tire and Swansea were still going forward and attacking, although we were basically hanging on at 2-0 – which given what really has happened in this game so far, was flattering to us.
After 82 minutes on came Mitrovic for Gabby Obertan and he was booed onto the field by the Swansea fans – the south Wales side were one of the clubs trying to sign him in the summer.
This week it took Mitrovic only just after 90 seconds to be booked – and this lad will have a one game suspension for 5 yellow cards before he even starts a game for the Magpies if he keeps this up.
Thankfully the score remained at just 2-0 but it could have been worse – a lot worse.
Bottom line – we were second best today – lack of discipline cost us again – and our defense is not good enough – just like it hasn’t been over the last three seasons.
The defense needs fixing.
Swansea: (4-2-3-1) Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson (Britton, 86), Ayew (Dyer, 72), Montero (Routledge, 76), Gomis.
Subs Not Used: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Eder.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Haidara, Colback, Anita, Sissoko (Taylor, 45), Wijnaldum, Obertan (Mitrovic, 82), Cisse (Aarons, 54).
Subs Not Used: Darlow, Williamson, Perez, Tiote.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)