Date: 19th October 2015 at 11:03pm
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Swansea City manager Garry Monk made a few changes that have been demanded from the fans, but they were awful in their 1-0 home defeat against Stoke City.

Attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has struggled all season – which has carried on from the second half of last season, and many Swansea supporters have been calling for him to be dropped in favour of Ayew playing centrally behind Gomis.

Ayew’s move from wide right made way for Barrow to make his first start of the season, to give the team far more balance. Cork’s return for Ki was a surprise as the Korean performed well last time out against Spurs. Rangel also kept his place when replacing Naughton who missed the 2-2 draw due to personal reasons.

Ashley Williams had arguably made the best start to a Premier League season up until the third minute of tonight’s match, when he conceded what was an easy decision for the referee to point to the penalty spot. Krkic converted past Fabianski and Swansea failed to reply.

With 3 minutes extra to be played, they had a full 90 to find an equaliser, but it never looked likely.

It was one of the worst performances under Monk, and you wouldn’t be out of place to compare it to the last few under his predecessor Michael Laudrup either.

When Monk replaced Laudrup, he insisted that he had to bring back the ‘Swansea Way’ of playing – quick, attractive passing attacking football – but it was far too slow and predictable – and typical of the sort of lethargic performance that we got fed up of during the end of the Dane’s tenure at the Liberty.

But unlike Laudrup, Monk is capable of turning things around, but they better do it quick as we all know how difficult it can be to end a poor run of form.

The team are clearly low on confidence all of a sudden – how is a mystery though – given their start which involved an opening day draw at Chelsea and later a home win against Manchester United.

They stretched their winless run to 6 and dropped to 14th in the table, but they have a good opportunity to bounce back and finally end that run when they face another side low on confidence and form – Aston Villa – who’s manager Tim Sherwood is at risk of losing his job if results don’t improve. Monk’s side simply have to improve his chances of getting the sack next weekend.



 
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