Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury
Date:Saturday February 13 2010
Newcastle United were lucky to walk away with a point from a brilliant Swansea City side who outplayed the Magpies in every department on a grim day at the Liberty Stadium.
Chris Hughton's boys were outclassed by Paolo Sousa's men in a match few predicted would be so one-sided.
Swansea fans cheered their side throughout the encounter as midfield trio Andrea Orlandi, David Cotterill (who scored the opener in the 56th minute), and Nathan Dyer tore apart the North-East club.
'Football is an unfair game sometimes,' Swansea manager Sousa said after the match.
'We were better in every department, and were the better side. The result is unfair.'
Few would disagree with that assessment. It was not until the 87th minute that Newcastle even had a shot on target. Yes, that was the goal (scored by Andy Carroll). Does that not sum up the afternoon perfectly?
Hughton fielded an unchanged side from last week's demoralising defeat at Derby, with only Fabricio Coloccini coming in for Mike Williamson, and Peter Lovenkrands replacing Leon Best in attack.
Danny Guthrie slotted into an unfamiliar left-wing position, and Kevin Nolan, along with Alan Smith occupying the central midfield berth.
The match was testament to a complete lack of tactical knowledge on the part of Chris Hughton, whose defensive-minded, and one-dimensional playing style not only is horrible on the eyes, but is becoming a a plague eating away consistency and results.
The side were defensively poor as well, with Cotterill running rings around a tired-looking, frail Danny Simpson, along with a very exhausted, and uninterested Danny Guthrie refusing to help out the back-four when needed.
The attacks were too slow, and as such had zero impact. It is not often that the club on top of the Championship sits back and invites the opposition to attack and try to hit them on the break. It is perfectly alright when you are doing that against Chelsea, or Manchester United, but to do it against a side lower than yourselves in the league... really?
All in all, another toothless performance which will remain a trend as long as Chris Hughton stays in charge, or, Newcastle hire a coach who can drill some intelligence and creativity into the heads of the club's biggest resource suckers, as well as the younger ones, whose development is being infringed by a coaching team of inept pansies.
'Wounded animal mentality'- don't make us laugh. It's more like the 'dying animal.'
Date:Saturday February 13 2010
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