Date: 29th December 2011 at 11:57am
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Mark Bowen says Swansea City need to adapt their gameplan to be more direct if they want to survive in the Premier League.

The former Welsh international, who has played for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and West Ham United, admits it’s going to be very difficult for the Swans as they go into the second half of the season.

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers is highly unlikely to change the way his team play, as they like to make hundreds of passes in a game. Some people say they make too many pointless passes in their own half, and that they need to be more direct when attacking.

Bowen says the same:

‘I know it’s going to be difficult for them,’

‘Maybe at times they’ve got to just develop their game a little bit more in terms of getting it forward a bit quicker.’

‘Brendan’s got to figure a way of ‘how do we create more chances and more goals to give us a better chance of winning games?’

‘Can he do that with the squad he’s got or does he [have] to dip into the transfer market in the best way Swansea can?’

‘Up until now they’ve done very well,’

‘They’ve earned a lot of plaudits for their football and the way they go about their game. They’re very pleasing on the eye.

‘I’m sure everybody with the club – the players, Brendan and the fans – will be delighted with what they’ve achieved so far.

‘It seems now is the tipping point. I know they’ve got tremendously hard fixtures coming up in January.

‘Maybe we’ll have a better idea of where the season’s going for them at the end of January when they’ve come past this difficult period.’


After Saturday’s home match against 3rd placed Spurs, the Swans then travel to Aston Villa on January 2nd 2012. Rodgers’ side have four more matches in January, 1 of those in the FA Cup at Barnsley on the 7th.

Swansea then host Arsenal on 15th before a trip to the ever-improving Sunderland on 21st. Chelsea visit the Liberty Stadium on 31st to complete a tough month for the Premier League newcomers.