This was a bit like all the other games in the end. But there was enough here that we might be confident of a better tomorrow.
1 Derek Boateng came in for Steve Sidwell. He had a fine game and did exactly what we needed him to do. All those interventions around the D – had he not been there we could have been in big trouble.
There was a moment i the first half when Kasami lost the ball on a counter. Swansea’s transition was slick, but Boateng was waiting for them. Fabulous. His selection gave us some hint that the new coaching setup is more interested in a team rather than a group of players.
When Boateng went off the game changed even more in Swansea’s favour and the winner came from the area he would have been guarding. Hopefully match fitness is not far off as we need him for 90.
2 Captain Parker. A no-brainer and good to see.
3 Hughes in for Senderos is a move I like but honestly they are very even players. Hughes put Swansea ahead with an own goal, which was just one of those things, but does illustrate how different players are judged to different standards. Had Senderos put into his own net..
4 Speaking of which, here are Opta’s dispossession stats: Parker 3, Kasami 3, Ruiz 3. I pointed this out on the FFC facebook page to predictable derision but again it shows how people see what they want to see in games.
Ruiz couldn’t get into the game in the second half and had a teicky spell in the first but fans have an incredible habit of focusing on the negative where he is concerned. Look, he had a bad day but not that bad. And as we know, he is having treatment for a bad back. Cut him some slack? Nah.
5 Bent did well I thought. Yes he missed a couple of chances but he got in good areas and over a season he’ll put some of those away. There’s a 20 goal a season striker there, which is a goal every other game. If he gets chances like this every game he will deliver. I take his performance as a big plus.