Alan Pardew has sensationally declared that Swansea City at times made Charlton Athletic look embarrassed.
The former West Ham United manager saw his side get off to a flyer when on three minutes captain Mark Hundson sent the The Addicks 1-0 up after connecting onto a Jonjo Shelvey corner to fire past the stranded Dorus De Vries. Swansea did mount a comeback with Spaniard Guillem Bauza having the best chance to equalise for the Swans after Marcos Painter’s cross. It would be an untimely sending off that would give the home side new belief in stemming the Swansea onslaught when defender Garry Monk was sent off , after his second bookable offence.
Sixteen minutes later the dismissal of the former Southampton man created space for Andy Grey to launch a flying header past De Vries in the Swansea goal to send the home side 2-0 up.Despite the win Pardew believes that experience saw Charlton earn a win. Highlighting midfield stalwart Matt Holland for his vital contribution in the game,the Wimbledon born manager has drawn attention to significant importance of set pieces as a tipping point in the game.
Pardew Told The BBC:
|“‘We had our set pieces running in the dressing room today because we felt they were that important and we threatened on almost every one. We needed Matt Holland at that stage (when at 1-0 up). He came on and did what he does and his experience got us to the victory. They really passed the ball well and at times they embarrassed us.’|
Swansea City have the chance to bounce back against Brentford in the first round of the Carling cup on tuesday.