Swansea City romped to a 5-0 away win at Leyton Orient on the weekend, knocking them off top spot while we go up to fourth in League One.
It was an absolutely unbelievable result to say the least, and for the team’s sake, I’m glad we’re away again next weekend. Yes that means another weekend without a home game but I do think we have a much better chance of a win away than at home on Sunday.
I don’t want to get too carried away about this superb victory but on our travels we have more space and freedom to play our game, plus there’s less pressure on the players to deliver. Some fans at the Liberty can quickly get on the players’ backs if we’re not performing well, and this has a negative effect on the performances on the pitch.
My reasons aren’t based on just one result though, Bournemouth’s home form is far worse than their away form. Along with Bristol Rovers, they’re the only team who are yet to win on home soil so far this season. They’ve lost 4 out of 5 at Dean Court.
I’m sure Kevin Bond’s side would arrive at the Liberty in a very defensive style, hoping to keep things extremely tight early on, and we all know how we struggle to break down teams with 10 men behind the ball.
As fickle as football fans can be, I’m sure a large percentage of the 7,000 who have disappeared since the opening game will return to the Liberty Stadium for the next game. Recent crowds of 10-11,000 have been poor recently for our standards but I’m sure we’ll add a few thousand when Hartlepool visit on Saturday 20th October.
Of course, there were plenty of positives to come out of the game. Martinez has five wingers here who can all do a job in the first team. Butler and Anderson did brilliantly to replace the injured Britton and Robinson, while we also have Orlandi who’s looking promising.
Warren Feeney has come in and scored 2 goals in the last 2 games despite of the large criticism he received from fans of his previous clubs. Disappointingly however, Jason Scotland has gone off the boil lately and has struggled to make an impact in recent games. Maybe a rest would do him good but I’m not entirely sure whether a Feeney-Duffy strike partnership would work.
The Swans now need to take this win onto the next few games and prove to us it wasn’t just a one off against a side playing poorly at home. We must beat Bournemouth next Sunday while we face a tough battle at home to Hartlepool the following week.
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