Swansea fans had the luxury of 40 points already in the bank and Premier League safety guaranteed – but Saturday’s game was one that many of them were really looking forward to.
A fixture that they usually win, a night out on the Toon and 90 minutes goading Jonjo Shelvey with relegation beckoning….
What though was the reality for the travelling supporters at St James Park and was the 3-0 result a fair reflection of the game?
Considering Swansea have done pretty well under the new manager and beat Chelsea last weekend, surprised at how angry their supporters are.
Especially amusing to hear Swansea fans complaining so vehemently about how bad they are at defending set-pieces – would all be a bit mad if this route provided a lifeline for survival, considering how bad Newcastle have been at defending/attacking set-pieces for years.
We searched out the reaction of the Swansea fans after the match, via one of their top message boards at PlanetSwans:
‘The second one was one of those goals that just happen sometimes when the attacking team get the rub of the green. The first was utterly pathetic though. How someone can get a free header from 3 yards out, direct from a corner, at PL level is mind boggling. Siggy has carried us lately in all fairness, but he was totally at fault there.
The most frustrating thing was although we were off our game, Newcastle didn’t look like threatening at all until Mitrovic came on (I know they were 1-0 up but it came from nowhere) and we gifted them two goals direct from corners.’
‘If Newcastle can get at us like that from corners then Leicester are going to have a field day with Huth and Morgan up from the back. It’s been unacceptable this year.’
‘13th goal conceded from a corner this season.’
‘Either we just expected to roll them over and didn’t put the required effort in or we thought we were already over the line. Either way a poor display of attitude and application. Newcastle were rubbish but still beat us easily.’
‘Although our performance was embarrassingly bad today, the referee missed a couple of nasty challenges from Shelvey – particularly the one on Cork.’
‘Glad we got rid of that baldy c***.’
‘Hopefully he’ll be playing in a lower league next season.’
‘Pity that MotD didn’t show any of Shelvey’s indiscretions as it would have alerted the referee to what he missed.’
‘It absolutely beggars belief. If you took set pieces out of football we’d probably win the champions league in a year or two as they are the only goals we ever f***ing concede.’
‘Newcastle were as good as we were bad. They had to play for survival whereas we had the beach in front of us. It was a bad day at the office and let’s see how it all pans out both on and off the field. I bet Norwich and Sunderland are not impressed though.’
‘Can’t think of anyone that played well today – terrible touches all round and bottled the physical game. Newcastle were there for the taking, we just put on a plate for them.’
‘I’m taking solace in the likelihood that despite us gifting them hope today, Newcastle are still probably going down.’
‘We had a decent spell in the second half until they scored the second but as ever the report of a football match is dictated by the result.’
‘To lose 3-0 to that shower of sh*t is a f***ing embarrassment.’
‘Yeah, but their fans are human beings just like us. I’m totally not happy with our team – disgusted in fact – but I don’t really mind the result that much. Give them a bit of sunshine. They’re almost certainly going down with their main rivals almost certainly staying up. Show some compassion.’
‘A case of them wanting it much more than us. Credit to them for that. They’ve made us play the way we have.’
‘We’ve done enough to score at least 3 goals going off chances missed by Jeff, Ash and Gomis alone. Poor finishing and the normal poor defenders has cost us. Newcastle have been awful.’
‘Just in, great night in Newcastle. Still gutted the way we played.’
‘Aye, always guaranteed a good night out up here. Some of it (the match) was toe-curlingly bad (passes going straight into touch!).
A pub crawl on grainger street again today. That will ease the pain.’