Swansea Focus – Jacks struck down by injury

After a hugely successful start to their second campaign in the Premier League, Swansea City appear to have hit an almighty slump. The Jacks recently lost Neil Taylor to injury and with new signing Chico sunjected to a three-game suspension a decreasing standard in the Welsh club’s performances has been provoked as of late, with their last two games both ending in defeats.

Swansea’s home clash with Everton on Saturday saw the visitors produce a three-goal masterclass over Michael Laudrup’s men, with the Liberty Stadium outfit regularly displaying signs of poor organization at the back. The Merseysiders dominated the majority of the game, with the home side’s only chances coming from Angel Rangel and former Celtic talisman Ki Seung-Yeung.

Swansea’s defensive woes continued as Ashley Williams continued his poor streak at the back, as he completely misjudged a high ball to allow Fellaini a chance to dispatch a pass to Anichebe, who fired home from close range.

We played too slow and it was too easy for Everton to get the ball back.” Laudrup told Sky Sports following his side’s dramatic downfall on Saturday. “We have a team, a way of playing where we are not as strong physically as all the other teams so we have to play faster.”

Laudrup must now look to compose his side ahead of their visit to Crawley in the League Cup on Tuesday. The Swans return to Premier League action against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium next weekend, and the hosts will undoubtedly prove to be equally as tough if not more so than Everton’s offering on the weekend given the highly physical, long-ball aspect of their game.

Manager Laudrup has been in the news for another reason this week too, when the Dane was questioned about his views on match fixing during his press conference before Saturday’s game. The Swans boss told reporters: “If Swansea play the last game against a team, and a third team pays Swansea to win the game, I really don’t see anything bad about that.”

In the run up to the Premier League’s famous festive fixture list, Swansea will surely be very concerned about results to come, with the Welsh side feeling they have to beat upcoming opponents Stoke, Reading and Wigan in order to maintain their position as a mid-table club come the end of the season.

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