DESPITE taking the lead twice, we can find ourselves somewhat fortunate we came home with a point against an impressive Swansea.
The Swans controlled huge periods of the game, and frustrated us in most of our attempts to get forward. Johnson, McClean and Sessegnon were left isolated and we found it a struggle to break them down.
Fletcher was obviously the main positive, scoring two on his league debut with his first, which was gifted to him by a rare Swansea effort, being the pick of the two. It was such a cool, composed finish and something we’ve lacked up front since Bent’s departure. Having such a clinical head up front can only be good for our fortunes this season.
Gardner and Colback performed admirably in their makeshift positions, despite Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer being constant threats.
Swansea look sharper and better in the final third under Laudrup, so we can be delighted with the point, even more so considering we didn’t perform all that well.
We’ve got two weeks until Liverpool’s visit. With both sides eager to claim their first league win, it should make for an exciting encounter.
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