Swansea’s season summed up

Swansea City have never seemed to do things the easy way and the last gasp 3-2 win at Peterborough United once again proved that.

In many ways the manner of victory, thanks to Joel Piroe’s injury time winner, illustrated perfectly what is wrong with the Swans this season.

From dominating the home side in first half (9 shots on goal and 77% possession) and leading at the interval after Michael Obafemi’s 44th minute strike, to capitulating to the Championship’s bottom side within 20 second half minutes to trail 2-1.

Thankfully, Russell Martin’s team managed to somehow turn things around and take all three points, as Obafemi grabbed his 2nd goal in the 71st minute, before Joel Piroe’s well taken winner.

It was just reward for the 434 Swansea fans that made the trip, on what was a horribly wet night at the Weston Homes Stadium.

But no doubt any fans who watched the game and indeed Russell Martin himself, were once again left frustrated and bemused at yet another jekyll and hyde performance from the Swans.

Russell Martin speaks after Peterborough win

Perhaps Martin summed the Swans season up quite succinctly during his post-match press conference:

“On our day we are capable of producing some incredible moments and some brilliant football, but the gap between when we’re really good and when we’re not is too big. You saw that in one game today.”

Russell Martin

Square pegs in round holes

The inconsistency must be extremely frustrating for all involved, especially it seems away from home, but from a fans perspective it surely doesn’t help when players are asked to play out of position. Think of Korey Smith and Flynn Downes as examples.

Very few teams have the quality in their playing squad to enable them to put players out of their natural position and expect them to perform to a high level.

We do not possess a squad like Manchester City and evidently some of the Swansea City squad are not best suited to the style of play that Martin wishes to adopt as standard. But with a limited budget and to a certain extent available personnel, what does he do.

The forthcoming summer is certainly going to be a very interesting one in SA1.

This weekend the Swans welcome Birmingham City to the Swansea dot com stadium, which is the last game before the international break.