An away trip to arguably the Premier League’s most physical club in Stoke was always going to be a difficult clash for Michael Laudrup’s Swansea, but his lack of experience within the English top-flight showed when his side were dealt a 2-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke were on form from the get-go, but Swansea’s style of play was dubious at times, with the Welsh club clearly not having planned for the Potters’ long-ball, hard-tackling game.
Swansea regularly pushed forward with impressive pace when they got hold of the ball, but their possession lasted mere seconds in most instances. Stoke played very well on the counter-attack, with Peter Crouch quite often leading the offence on Laudrup’s defence.
The game’s final 20 minutes saw a mini-fightback of sorts for the Swans, but their overall performance has ultimately overshadowed their excellent start to the season and cast huge doubts on whether they will hang on to their comfortable mid-table position come May.
Swansea fans could take some positives from the Welsh club’s 3-2 victory at Crawley in the League Cup, with the side’s youngsters taking reign and overturning the League One outfit in narrow fashion.
Laudrup is hopeful he can turn around the Swans’ recent run of poor form by taking advantage of the Liberty Stadium outfit’s good home record, with their upcoming home double-header starting next weekend against Reading. “We
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