Sunday was supposed to be a new dawn for Swansea fans, the return of past hero Wilfried Bony and a first look at ‘wonder kid’ Renato Sanches.
Sanches started and Bony was a second-half substitute but after crashing to defeat, the home support had well and truly seen their balloon popped.
A bit like West Ham supporters two weeks earlier, the Swansea fans tended to focus more on the shortcomings of their own side, rather than dishing out praise for the victors.
However, some did give praise where it was due and the pace in the Newcastle team was picked up on, plus one Swansea fan said that it had felt like they were playing with a man down, such was Newcastle’s dominance.
Swansea fans comment after defeat to Newcastle via their top Jack Army message board:
‘Newcastle looking more like the prem team, us the floundering championship team.’
‘Tammy is the only player who looks like a class act …on our side.’
‘Early days, but not impressed with the wonderkid yet….’
‘Only Fabianski has deserved to wear that shirt today.’
‘They honestly look like they have 12 men and I’m not saying that the ref is on their side, it just seems like they’ve got more people on the pitch than us..’
‘Disgusting performance. Why wouldn’t you stick a man on Lascelles?’
‘Stay away from social media lads, those gormless Geordies are gunna act like they won the league.’
‘This might not be a popular conclusion, but, even though none of the players excelled today, the majority of the blame for today’s loss must be with the manager.
The formation deprived us of width and gifted Newcastle the wide areas. We don’t have the players in the squad to be an attacking force with a flat back four, its as simple as that.
Add to that a midfield 4 each playing out of position and we were always going to be in trouble.
If we had played one of the top teams we would have conceded a hatful.’
‘Sanches should have been subbed earlier. Abraham needed to put his foot through the ball. Ultimately, fast team beat a team lacking ideas. Must hope Clement can see the problems and adapt by next week.
Disappointing bringing Narsingh on at 85, needed 10 to 15 minutes.
Geordies…but they deserved something from the game. Nobody other than Fabi could be classed our MOTM. Phenomenal save..’
‘Fast team beat a slow team lacking creativity. Right now we are worse than Middlesbrough were last season.
Swansea – fewest shots, most shots against.
Middlesbrogh last season – fewest shots, not many shots against.
Something has to change or soon we’ll be rock bottom in the league table.’
‘I thought we looked disjointed and amateur today – reminded me of the dark days before PC reinstated Leon (Britton) – lacking pace passing accuracy and ideas.
Sad to lose face to the Toons, worrying to face Spurs next……..’
‘Our footballing philosophy has to be more forward looking – literally!
We too often look backwards and sideways – we almost never seem to fly forward when there is space ahead of us … it makes us boring to watch even when we do win .
Newcastle are very average – what does that say about us?’
‘Merson predicted that Premier League class would be the difference in this game.
Thing is he meant us but it was Toon who showed what class there was and we looked like a shoddy Championship outfit posing as a Premier League team.’
‘For all of Newcastle’s frailties they exposed ours far more than we troubled them .
We looked disjointed with no plan and with no leader on the pitch .
All the new found optimism I had has disappeared in the space of 95 minutes.’
‘As the game progressed it felt that this was like an end of season kick about with what seemed to be no real effort or pace from our lot.
Newcastle were made to look like the team that has been in the Premier league for six years against an average championship team with no idea.’
‘Toon had 16 shots, we had 10. They got 8 on target, we managed 4. And they achieved this with just 38% possession.
Therefore it begs the question, just what did we do with our 62% possession? We passed it backwards then sideways then backwards then sideways then continued to do it repeatedly.
Meantime Toon, as will other teams, just sat back and watched us pretend to be a footballing side. As soon as we tried to be incisive and go forward, they pounced and took the ball off us.’
‘Newcastle will not have an easier away game all season.
The lack of creativity was painstakingly obvious yet again today, it’s going to be another long,frustrating season for us yet again.’
‘I am almost speechless, all I can say is that game goes down as one of the major anti-climaxes of 65 years of supporting them.I was expecting so much more.’
‘Alfie is obviously a very fair player but he should have gone down – reckon there would have been a red card for Ritchie if he had.’
‘Perhaps I’m being a bit naive but I don’t like cheating in any shape or form.’
‘It’s sickening to watch grown men fall over and feign serious injury on a football pitch when hardly touched.
All credit for Alfie not making a fuss.
I want real men in my team, not a team of diving, cheating, cry baby actors!’
‘It was a stonewall red card ,with the ref in perfect position to see the studs up high foot.
Surely you do not have to go to ground squealing like a stuck pig for the ref to apply the correct disciplinary decision. It was dangerous and reckless play, with contact. Should have been red not yellow.’
‘It was always going to be a tough game today with the way Newcastle set themselves up, but the reality of the situation is the team is not playing the same standard of football that we got accustomed to early on in our premier league days, and the past couple of seasons has been tough to watch at times.
I think what we have to consider now is that the team is going through transition and hopefully things will improve as Clement puts in place the style he wants this team to play, but I think we are a ways off seeing enjoyable stylish football being played.’