Swans Remain in Top 4 After Tough October Schedule
Premier League, Swansea 1 Man City 1
Rulli - Naughton - Subotic - Williams (C) - Arana - Cubas - Praet (Schneiderlin '45) - Gray (El Ghazi ’52)- Sigurdsson - Ayew - Calleri (Ings ’73)
Manager Lee Trundle looked delighted at full time as his side battled hard to survive Man City’s attacking onslaught to earn a surprising point at home. The Swans were dominated from start to finish on their own pitch with Man City having the majority of chances (20 shots, 10 on target to Swansea’s 3 on target). Despite Swansea’s defensive efforts Man City found a way through on the hour with sub Domenico Berardi scoring a cool finish from inside the box. But Swansea evened the score after 74 minutes with a Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick from 30 years out (that eventually won goal of the month in October) to stun the travelling side in a one-sided game. Trundle praised his sides never-say-die attitude in the match and said he was delighted to go into the international break with a point against one of the favourites for the title.
Premier League, Swansea 1 Arsenal 1
Rulli - Trippier - Subotic (Williams ’45) - Fernandez - Arana - Cubas - Schneiderlin (C) - Grey - Sigurdsson (Praet ’61) - Montero (Ayew ‘76) - Austin
Swansea bagged back-to-back 1-1 draws after an eventful match against title challengers Arsenal in front of a packed Liberty Stadium. Arsenal’s early dominance was rewarded as Alexis Sanchez curled his shot passed Rulli from 15 yards out to give his side the lead. The Swans snatched an equaliser just before half time through Charlie Austin who got on the end of a precisely timed cross from Demarai Grey. Swansea and Arsenal both squandered second half chances to win the match but Swansea looked the happier at full time with the point.
Europa League, Inter Milan 0 Swansea 1
Fabianski - Trippier - Fernandez - Subotic - Taylor - Cubas - Schneiderlin (Praet ’69) - Ayew (C) - Sigurdsson - Montero (Grey ’69) - Calleri (Amat ’81)
The Swans earned a shock win at the Giuseppe Meazza against group favourites Inter Milan to earn a first away win of their European campaign in front of 62,000 fans. A well timed through ball found winger Jefferson Montero after 37 minutes. Montero slotted the ball past Handanovic from close range to give the Swans a shock lead in front of a stunned arena. Trundle’s men showed defensive prowess throughout the match and restricted Inter to pot-shots and half-chances. Trundle’s side finished with a 1-0 win and the young manager described the match as “the biggest win of my career so far”. Having suffered defeat in Belgium on their last European outing Swansea will be more confident of progression after 3 games, with 6 points at the half way point and only one more away game to play.
Premier League, Everton 3 Swansea 1
Rulli - Trippier - Subotic - Williams (C) - Arana - Cubas - Schneiderlin - Ayew (El Ghazi ’64) - Dozzell (Praet ’45) - Montero (Grey ‘73) - Austin
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Swansea were given a lesson in football at Goodison as ex-Swans manager Roberto Martinez got one over his old club. Aaron Lennon gave a man of the match performance and was rewarded for his efforts on the half hour mark as he grabbed the first of three for his side. It only took Swansea two minutes to equalise as Charlie Austin rounded the keeper from a well timed Morgan Schneiderlin through ball. Sadly that was Swansea’s only shot on target in a very one-sided match and Everton were back in the lead 6 minutes later courtesy of a Callum Wilson header. Everton rounded off their win with seconds to go as substitute Felipe Caicedo scored his first for the club. Disgruntled fans will blame the Europa League for this uncharacteristic performance but Trundle refused to blame their European adventure for the loss. “We didn’t turn up today and I apologise to the fans that have made the trip today. We’ll make it up to them at Newcastle by getting back on the training field and working hard” is all a disappointed Lee Trundle could muster before heading back to the changing rooms.
League Cup Round 4, Swansea 2 Man Utd 2 (3-0 to United in Pens.)
Fabianski - Liam Shepard - Fernandez - Williams - Taylor - Cubas (A.King ’45)-Schneiderlin - Grey - Praet - Montero (Ayew ’68) - Calleri (Ings ’68)
Swansea crashed out of the League Cup despite holding United to a 2-2 draw at home. Summer-signing Bernado Silva’s brace wasn’t enough despite giving the Red Devils the lead twice in the game. Goals from Jonathan Calleri and ex-United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (his first for the Swans) was enough to take the game to extra time and later penalties. United’s takers Young, Mata and Silva all scored their first three, and with Swansea’s takers, Ayew, Fernandez and Schneiderlin all missing, Swansea’s cup dream came to an early end.
Premier League, Newcastle 2 Swansea 4
Rulli - Trippier - Fernandez (Subotic ’45) - Amat - Arana - Grey (Naughton ’68) - Praet (Montero ’45) - Schneiderlin - Ayew (C) - Austin - Calleri
A six-goal thriller ensured Trundle’s men finished October on a high. The young manager took a different tactical approach ahead of this match, changing to a standard 4-4-2 formation. This was the first time Trundle had started a game with two up front and many pundits were sceptical about the change ahead of a difficult away match. Newcastle were 2-0 up within 26 minutes with Tiote and Papiss Cisse both finishing from close range chances. But Swansea weren’t ready to give up on the result and Newcastle let a two-goal lead slip away in front of their own fans. The two man strike force of Jonathan Calleri and Charlie Austin began to click after a slow start and Charlie Austin slotted a Calleri through ball past the keeper to make it 2-1. Austin was at it again after the break and volleyed a Demarai Grey corner into the net to make it 2-2. Last season’s top scorer made it 3 for the day and 5 for the season after 56 minutes as he smashed Montego’s pass into the goal to give the Jack Army the lead for the first time. Austin still had time to add a fourth after 88 minutes tapping in a low cross from full-back Arana to give the Swans a massive 4-2 win away from home. It’s safe to say, this isn’t the last we’ve seen of a two-man attack at Swansea, and Trundle would have taken great pleasure in proving the doubters wrong.
October Player of the Month - Charlie Austin