Swansea City: Laudrup Has Integrated The Plan B We Have Lacked In The Past

The slickness may be lacking from the Rodgers era, but Laudrup has given us the backup plan that we have desperately lacked in recent seasons.
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The slickness may be lacking from the Rodgers era, but Laudrup has given us the backup plan that we have desperately lacked in recent seasons.

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In a week that has seen Swansea City edge closer to a Final appearance at Wembley with a superb 2-0 victory away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, they keep their good form rolling with a hard fought point away at Everton

That's seven games without defeat in all competitions, by dodging what's commonly known as the 'bi-seasonal tactical ass spanking by David Moyes'.

To say that Everton and Moyes have had the Indian sign over The Swans would be an understatement. Not only have results gone the way of the blue half of the Toffees in recent memory, but the level of performance from the south Walians has been nothing short of abysmal, but yesterday bucked that trend.

Michael Laudrup again shuffled his pack with a raft of changes, fully utilising his squad which this week he claimed was 'too big'. Like his starting XI at Chelsea, designed to mute the threat of the west Londoners, the Great Dane showed tactical nous and also the tip of the hat to the danger that the combination of Baines and Pienaar possess. The Swans lined up with Angel Rangel pushed further forward from his customary right back berth with Dwight Tiendalli slotting in behind him in an attempt to shore up the dangerous left flank of Everton.

All in all the Dane made four changes with Vorm, Tiendalli, Agustien, Dyer in for Tremmel, Britton, de Guzman and Routledge, highlighting that finally the Swans have the strength in depth that is required to play to a high level of performance in all competitions.

Furthermore, Spanish international manager Vincent Del Bosque was in attendance to run the rule over the Premier league's man of the moment Michu, but no doubt casting a glance towards Swansea's Spanish contingent of Chico, Rangel and Pablo Hernandez.

The Swans were on the back foot for the majority of the first half, again showing the type of resolve and resilience that served them so well at the Bridge midweek. Michu with the confidence flowing, created the Swans best chance of the half with an audacious chip that had Howard back peddling before palming it on to the bar.

The Swans not for the first time this season when he hasn't played struggled to control periods of the game without the Teflon like Leon Britton dictating play from his deep lying midfield position.

With Dyer being utilised as a striker for the first time in his Swans career, sadly showing that he doesn't possess the same quality in the role as his former Saints team mate Theo Walcott before being withdrawn early in to the second half.

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A standout note from the back to back clean sheets has been the form of Ashley Williams and Chico, again reaffirming their credentials as one of the most solid centre back pairings in the top tier of English football. The Swans defended like their lives depended on it thus creating frustration throughout the Everton team.

As the game lurched towards the final quarter goalless and the performance exuding the best outing from the Swans since returning to a regular calendar of fixtures with the toffees, the result still hung in the balance with Everton trying to push for a winner to appease the grumbling home support and to consolidate their European aspirations, coupled with the Swans still trying to perform a smash and grab with nicking a goal on the break having been under the cosh for long periods.

Over the game as a whole, Everton created the better chances and dominated, but again Laudrup showed a master class in tactics by doubling up the Swansea right flank with two full backs nullifying the Everton left and in that providing Everton with their first scoring blank since September 1st.

Whilst like in the victory over Chelsea, the attacking threat provided by the Swans wasn't what the Jack Army are accustomed to, the result midweek and gaining their first point over their bogey team goes to show just how far Laudrup has brought this Swansea City team on.

Swansea have no doubt played prettier football than that of their past two showings, but at the same time they haven't come away from Stamford Bridge, and now Goodison Park, with anything to show for it apart from the cooing of TV pundits for pretty passing patterns.

Under Mickey L we now have a Plan B, something we didn't posses in any of our previous managers, it might not be pretty on times and the slickness sometimes isn't there but the results are. I know which I prefer.