Watford came out 1-0 winners at Vicarage Road with a first half Capoue strike the difference, the result sees the Hornets hit the crucial 40 point mark while Swansea missed the chance to climb out of the relegation zone. Here are three stand out points we learnt from the match.
- Swansea gutless display suggests the drop looms large.
Swansea entered this game knowing a win could kick start a relegation escape. After the game a win would’ve lifted them out which must infuriate their fans, I was expecting a really compact and resolute performance from the away side with what is at stake, so to show such little passion or desire let alone little quality must point towards nothing but relegation. On the fixture list, Watford are a relegation threatened sides dream with little to play for and struggles of their own, yet they were second best with the hosts hardly firing on all cylinders. Sigurdsson didn’t have his best game and when that happens you need someone to step up, there looked no leadership, no inspiration, nothing to suggest Swansea have the ability and nerve to drag themselves out of this problem. It’s one thing having the ability which I don’t doubt Swansea have compared to relegation rivals but determination will go a long way and without that and the same fight shown at Vicarage Road, Swansea fans will be set to join their rivals Cardiff in the Championship next season.
2. The message isn’t being passed on.
We’ve seen evidence all season on and off the pitch that communication is a problem from the Watford manager, so what did we learn from this match? In control and looking well structured Mazzarri decided to change formation bringing on centre back Kabasele into the right back position allowing Janmaat further forward, once again you’re trying to pinpoint the system being deployed but more worryingly, so are the players. As soon as what looked like a diamond formation was implemented Watford reverted back to frantic defending and invited back a woeful looking Swansea side. A lack of quality meant the game was seen out fairly comfortably considering but it’s once again a concern that the manager can’t portray any positive influence on the side when most needed, quality will start to highlight the Italians hurtful tactics.
3. Quality not quality
During the match Paul Clement made a few changes to spark some life into the Swans including introducing forwards Jordan Ayew and record signing Borja Baston who’s simply been one of the flops of the season. In Llorente, Sigurdsson and Narsingh they have a capable trio to grab the goals required to get out of trouble but this game there wasn’t any invention from any of them. Sigurdsson is of course the main man at the Liberty Stadium but quality is needed more than ever from these three players as clearly Swansea can’t really on the options they have throughout the squad. A vulnerable looking back line means moments of inspiration will probably settle the Welsh clubs fate, over to you Gylfi.
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