Former Chelsea and England international midfielder Frank Lampard gave a critical assessment of Swansea’s performance in their 1-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth on BBC’s Match of the Day.
Frank was, well, pretty frank to be fair, and spot on with his analysis as he spoke about our lack of invention going forward.
The frustrating habits under Clement are unfortunately creeping back into our game again.
There’s no better way of putting it really, we’re just toothless and lacking creativity in the final third. A total lack of invention as Lampard says. We might have had 55% possession during the 90 minutes, but a lot of our football in the opposition’s half was all in front of a well-disciplined Bournemouth back-line.
A lot of passes were sideways or simply lobbed forward, aimed at players whose strengths aren’t really as target-men. Abraham came on, who isn’t an effective target man, but we still lobbed passes up to him in the hope that he could win some knockdowns, but that’s not his game.
When the ball went out wide to the wing-backs, they were always outnumbered and lacking support, forcing them to either recycle possession by going backwards or hit hopeful crosses into the box. The frustrating habits under Clement are unfortunately creeping back into our game again.
“The reaction was disappointing, they lost composure. They seemed pretty desperate without any real invention,”
“There were long aimless balls that are not really going to trouble anybody.
“The link from back to front was not quite there, when they did get their moments in midfield where they could get their head up the wrong decisions were made.” – Frank Lampard
Bournemouth had gone 12 home games without a clean sheet, and then the Swans rolled into town. We managed just 3 shots on target, which actually isn’t bad considering our awfully low average this season.
We had 2 shots in quick succession that Begovic had to save, before Jordan Ayew’s long-range effort less than 30 seconds after the restart. And that was it, for the 45 plus injury time minutes afterwards, we failed to test the goalkeeper, despite Carvalhal making attacking changes from the hour mark.
And as Lampard goes on to explain below, that Bournemouth backline who were struggling to keep clean sheets, wasn’t really troubled:
“The Bournemouth back three had no real problems with them, especially in the second half.
“There were straight balls causing no harm, the decisions were wrong. The forwards do not know what the midfield players are doing and vice versa.
“When there was a time for Swansea to show us something, show us what have you got, it was not there.
“It was easy for Bournemouth to sit back, they were just waiting and when you play straight passes in crowded areas counter-attacks happen.
“It was a bad afternoon and they probably have to wipe the slate clean and worry about Tuesday because they have obviously got a great chance of they win that game.” – Frank Lampard