Saturday 11 December 2010

To boo, or not to boo?

Ah the age-old question (not really) that I will look to answer after outlining what went so wrong in last night’s game, vs. Millwall. I find it’s always easier to give my thoughts on a match when it has been a complete shambles and luckily, for blogging sake, last night was just that!

The game saw Swansea slowly fall apart after another fantastic opening goal courtesy of defender Angel Rangel. Soon after the goal though the Swans began to look like a lower league side and seemed unable to cope with being ahead so early on. Nearing the half hour mark a terrible defensive blip led to the Millwall goal. Panicky clearances and a chaotic few seconds in their own box, where many Swans were unable to hack the ball away from the goal mouth, allowed Mkandawire to slam home the equaliser.

The general defending by the whole team was poor in my opinion, with Williams and Tate looking shaky at times and the whole team casually giving the ball away. It seemed hard to get the basics right. Most players appeared to already be figuring out how they’d create a goal scoring opportunity before they actually had the ball. Millwall intercepted endless loose passes, and throw-ins weren’t getting to intended targets.

Going forward and Scott Sinclair, despite a few flourishes and a great off-target shot, was kept quiet and seemed to lack the confidence he needed to make many surging runs. On the other wing, Nathan Dyer showed why he hasn’t yet been signed by a Premiership club – absolutely fantastic pace and mesmerising runs, but the total lack of shooting ability stops him being the all round player that we need. I recall him waltzing past three defenders into a perfect shooting opportunity, but instead of having a go himself he looked for someone (eventually no one) to pass to and the opportunity petered out. If he learns to shoot consistently on target, he could single handedly get us into the Premier League! Elsewhere in attack Beattie was nonexistent.

After halftime, the introduction of controversial signing Jermaine Easter was no help to the Swans attack, barely touching the ball and I don’t recall him shooting once. Darren Pratley was the second sub, though his stint on the bench didn’t help kick his form into gear and once again showed a lethargic display. When Dobbie came on he was as nonexistent as Beattie.

So then, after that, any positives? Well the draw, which Swansea probably didn’t actually deserve in the end, is a point and a good point to walk away with. The Swans are currently sitting third (there is no such thing as joint second) just below Cardiff, which is still a fantastic position to be in. Other positives? De Vries showed how solid he can be at times and stopped a hammering, rightfully claiming the Man of the Match award. Brendan Rodgers also showed he has the intelligence to throw on attacking players when things are getting static.

So back the question: to boo or not to boo?

If you are a diehard fan of a team, no matter how much they hurt and disgust you at times, no matter how much you pay for a ticket, you shouldn’t boo them. It’s like booing yourself. How many times have you argued with rival supporters, trying to get across that YOUR team is the best? What would they think if they saw you on national television booing your own players? How they’d laugh.

On a national scale, I support Italy and would defend them with my life. However, during the 2010 World Cup they shamefully bowed out of the tournament after two lacklustre draws and a loss. I shouted, I threw things at the TV, I held back a tear, but, had I been in South Africa, I wouldn’t have booed them. They are basically an extension of me, and that is what the Swans should be to those fans who booed last night (fair enough, the few at the front who gave the team a standing ovation could probably have held back so much praise). At the end of the day, Swansea City are in the best position they’ve been in nearly 30 years, and that’s nothing to boo about!

So next home game is a festive 28th December fixture against Barnsley. I’ll be summing up Swansea’s mid season performance in a blog soon, so stay tuned for that!


  1. The role reversal in terms of home and away form is quite bizarre. I do however sense that the players "feel" the fans expectancy levels and impatience at times, and as a result become edgy. I suspect the longer we're near the top the worst this will become. Having said that, I personally have never boo-ed the team and never will - that merely undermines their confidence further. Patience is the key for fans and players.

  2. I 100% agree with the "booing" bit.
    Especially when you take our progress as a club over the last decade into account.
    If we were still rolling around in League Two, then fine...but where we are now...I just don't get it.

  3. Thanks for the comments. Booing in general is never a good thing; I think the only time I was happy to see it was when the fans were booing England in the 2010 World Cup - justified thanks to the arrogance of the whole team before the tournament started, as well as the sheer lack of passion from a national side!

    Otherwise, the best way for a team to know they've let you down is just leave the stadium quietly.

  4. Chris, love the blog
    Might I add a suggestion? I have been looking for a nice simple Swansea blog for a while, and only stumbled on this site by chance. The only reason I found the site was from a google search "Swansea City blog". The result I got was a few pages back and was from
    "Instant Blog! Swansea 0 - 1 Bristol City"

    I would suggest changing the title of the website from Forza Swansea to "Forza Swansea - A Swansea City Blog" ect.
    Or just something with the word "blog" in the title, or anything else that will make it easier to find in google searches.
    Just a suggestion, either way I am happy I found this site. Keep up the good writeups.


  5. Thanks for the comment, I will take up that suggestion in the New Year and change something so 'blog' in in the title / on the page!