Reality bit and bit hard at Ewood Park as Russell Martin’s first week as Swans boss ended with self-inflicted defeat to Blackburn. It bit so hard you’d swear reality had borrowed Esther Rantzen’s teeth just for the job!
There was the promised oodles of possession to begin with but the edge was less than cutting as Cullen failed to convert his side’s one big chance of the opening half.
Gallagher wasn’t so wasteful for the hosts, slotting home after Steven Benda had brilliantly denied Brereton Diaz, the keeper having every right to ask why his defence had suddenly decided to implement a social distancing policy on the pitch.
If Martin was frustrated at the break he was literally driven round the Benda by his keeper straight after it as Steven got caught out in Matt Hancock level spectacular fashion. A touch heavier than Jan Molby after an ‘all you can eat buffet’ allowed Dolan to steal the ball and he compounded the error by pulling his opponent down for a penalty, which Brereton Diaz emphatically converted. It all left Benda with a face redder than a baboon’s backside.
New signing paterson put the Swans back in the game with a well taken debut goal but that’s as good as it got as numerous unforced errors offered Blackburn chance after chance to extend their lead. Despite the spurned opportunities Rovers were able to see out the game for an opening day victory.
Martin’s come to the club with a promise of an entertaining style, but the football served up with more suicidal than sexy – so much so that the centre halves should consult the Samaritans before every pass next time out!
The size of task is now there for all to see and it’ll take Russ six months, not six days, to get his side playing competent and confident football…
…but at least it wasn’t boring!
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