Swansea started the game on Saturday like a stream train, well at least compared to the way Newcastle started the game, and we were second best for the first 20 minutes.
We could have been more than the one goal down after that initial period of the game, when we couldn’t deal with Johnjo Shelvey in the middle of the park, and Jefferson Montero on the left was a handful, and his great wing-play led to Daryl Janmaat’s dismissal just before half time.
Fabricio Coloccini in action at the Liberty Stadium
That was our 7th away defeat on the trot and we’ve scored only one goal in those games, and now we are at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Six of those defeats were during John Carver’s woeful time in charge earlier this year, and we had one win in the last 11 games of last season, and nine defeats – eight in a row at one point.
This is what the captain Fab Coloccini has said in the Chronicle today:
“We are going to keep trying hard for them.” “We will try to bring some points. It was very difficult for the fans, as they done a lot of travelling and made a long trip.”
“But we thank them again for coming to support us. We are going to need them during the season.”
“It was very tough. After the sending-off it was very difficult.” “Swansea had good possession like they always do, and we found it very difficult to get the ball and get in position.”
“We couldn’t do more than we did.” “We tried and our effort was OK, but with 10 men it is very difficult.”
“Montero is a very good player, he’s top class.” “But it wasn’t just him, Shelvey played very well and Swansea overall moved the ball very quickly and very well.”
“They moved it fast and held good positions, so it was difficult for us to press especially with one man less.”
“We need to think about the next game and stay positive.” “We can’t say anything about referees, we can only try to help them because it’s a difficult for them.”
“It was maybe harsh (Janmaat sending off), but it was the ref’s decision and we have to respect that.”
It looks like we will hear more from Fabricio this season as the captain, and that’s probably come from head coach Steve McClaren to get him out talking to the fans more – that’s good.
Our defensive frailties were there for all to see on Saturday but the sending off killed us off.
Before that we had started to come into the game and were starting to play some good football and putting some attacks together.
We’ll never know what would have happened if Janmaat hadn’t been red-carded, so now the only thing that matters is how we play at Old Trafford and the result.
Maybe we can get a surprise result there, before we take on Arsenal at home, and then have the two week International break.
But is staying positive and thinking about Manchester United an oxymoron?