The Swans eased to a 3-0 victory over Peterborough United this afternoon thanks to first half goals from Jake Bidwell, Joel Piroe and Olivier Ntcham to claim their fourth consecutive home win.
The last time the Swans managed that feat was April 2019, when Graham Potter managed victories over Brentford, Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Rotherham United.
But enough of the past, the performance this afternoon was more about the future and on this evidence, Russell Martin’s team are certainly heading in the right direction.
Whilst it would be wrong to ignore a vastly inferior Posh side, you can’t ignore the slick, passing football played by the Swans either and the opening goal perfectly illustrated what Martin is trying to achieve.
Daddy Cool Jake Bidwell
With the Swans kicking off, the first time that Peterborough actually touched the ball was the restart, after new Dad Jake Bidwell had opened the scoring on 2 minutes!
It really did set the tone for the afternoon, as the home side dominated possession (69%) and shots on goal (7) in a first half when they simply blew their newly promoted opponents away.
Joel Piroe’s ninth goal of the season was another cracker, giving former Swansea City goalkeeper David Cornell no chance in the 13th minute.
Piroe the goalscorer then turned the supplier on the stroke of half-time, teeing up Frenchman Olivier Ntcham for his 2nd goal of the season and Swansea’s third of the afternoon.
With the Swans in such a dominant position, perhaps the biggest surprise was that they didn’t add to their tally in the second half, despite having 63% possession and another 6 attempts on goal.
That said, with two tough away games coming up next week against Coventry City and AFC Bournemouth, and with the game already won, it was inevitable that the Swans would take things a little easier.
Russell Martin Peterborough United Post-Match Press Conference
Darren Ferguson Swansea City Post-Match Press Conference
Swansea City’s next game is away to Coventry City on Tuesday.