Going into the international break the Swans will have to do some deep soul searching after this crushing defeat at Deepdale.
Just like the 3-1 loss to Stoke it’s not the scoreline that hurts, it’s the manner of it with the Swans falling to more pieces than an Adebayo Akinfenwa jigsaw.
Twenty minutes in it looked good as Swans social secretary Joel Piroe got the party started, but by 21 minutes the party was over as Van den Berg levelled.
Riis got to shine in first half stoppage time, the Danish striker firing in a rocket to put Preston ahead.
The home side extended their lead soon after the restart, thanks in part to another rush of blood to Benda’s head. The Swans keeper got himself booked after charging out of his area and then had to watch as the resulting free kick was placed past him.
And that was that really. There was no rally. No fightback. No determination to avoid defeat.
But there was some pretty passing.
Martin now has two weeks to work with his players and persuade them to stop being such pussies when they fall behind.
Patience is required by the fans but competence is required of the players and management…
…patience is NOT a free pass for total capitulation.
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