TWO spectacular goals at the SoL – first from Sessegnon and then from Gardner – saw the lads pick up a hard-fought three points. Swansea had the majority of possession but did very little with it.
I’m not a big fan of stats and the fact Leon Britton has the best passing average in Europe means nothing if all he does is pass it back to the centre-halves and keeper all the time. That said, we barely got a kick of the ball throughout but you don’t save either of those strikes.
If anything, Sessegnon’s goal was probably the better of the two from a tight angle, after a poor touch from McClean, who didn’t have the best of games. However, I thought Richardson was superb at left-back and kept the pacey Nathan Dyer quiet.
Brown slotted comfortably back into the centre of defence. He and O’Shea were rarely troubled by big Danny Graham. Bendtner (in the short time before he got kicked in the face) and his replacement Wickham didn’t trouble their defence either, but luckily that was not needed.
Overall it was a game that we needed to win and without seeing much of the ball, did just that. The O’Neill bandwagon roles on.
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