The turnaround Michael Laudrup’s Swansea needed could finally be in the making, with the Welsh club’s 2-1 victory over visiting Wigan providing them with their first win in six Premier League outings.
Pablo Hernandez opened the scoring for the home side after 65 minutes, with Miguel Michu doubling their lead just two minutes later. Wigan got themselves on the scoresheet almost immediately after thanks to Emmerson Boyce’s flicked finish, but despite providing Swansea with a shaky closing period, the Latics couldn’t dig out an equalizer.
Swansea may have grabbed all three points on the day, but their performance for the most part was quite poor and nothing near what was seen back in September from Laudrup’s men. Wigan dominated possession for the entire first half, with the Jacks only finding breaks in possession on occasion.
The home side’s performance improved massively following the restart, but it was short-lived. Following Swansea’s two goals in quick succession, they began to sit back and looked extremely vulnerable at times. Suddenly Wigan were breaking on the counter, and passing the Jacks off the park in ‘Swansalona’ fashion.
The win is a positive start to overturning the Swans’ poor run of form, but they are clearly still a shell of their former self despite the fact their injury troubles have been solved for the most part in recent weeks.
Swansea’s next top-flight outing will see them travel to Manchester City, a team the Welsh club managed to beat 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium last campaign. It won’t be so easy to play against the Premier League champions this time around, with the Sky Blues’ form experiencing a real build in momentum at present.
Games will not get easier for Laudrup’s side after their visit to the Etihad Stadium either, the Welsh outfit travel to Liverpool for a League Cup clash in midweek, before welcoming Chelsea to the Liberty Stadium just days later.
If the Jacks are to get anything from their next three games, unity within the dressing room is a must, which according to the media in recent weeks, has witnessed a split in opinions. Angel Rangel and a few other Swansea players have denied such allegations, with all mentions of a behind the scene upset being laughed off.
Their shaky start may have surprised both the fans and players, but the damage done doesn’t have to be permanent. Swansea sit 10th in the Premier League table at the close of play on Sunday, and find themselves a point behind Arsenal and a point above Newcastle. A streak of wins could propel them into the Champions League spots, as Everton sit in 4th with just 15 points, only four above the Swans.
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