Game time 9th September 2006
Winning promotion to the Championship is going to be a hard task. As already anticipated relegation contenders before the season even begins. By the media and the people in the know.
With the pre-season friendlies a false hope to what lies ahead.
With two draws and a victory against a Premiership side, and Championship teams, with the walm up game against these sides, were a false indicator of what a welcome to the League. Swansea were about to get, ......it certainly wasn't walm and fuzzy.
With a total of 6 games all ending in defeat, for Swansea the poor run has stuttered, I hope. With a massive 6-1 defeat against Wolves, by Swansea. Nearly matching my all time biggest win [....7-1 Victory.. If you must ask]..., coming in at 2nd place in my all time winning achievements.
Struggling on which tactic to play, through to who to play, how to play them is a decision and a half. As the Championship is certainly a step up, for Swansea the teams attack harder, and much faster, and with more intent than the league I was previously managing in.
I tinkered with a 5-3-2 formation and and 4-4-2 formation that also was another 5 at the back formations to be honest, I was and think far to cautious and was clearly punished as a result but the teams are harder in this league. The signing of Kanu evident that the squad is about to "Jell" and I can kind of have the right formation which is like this:
A very attack and defense minded tactic, the AM a 3rd striker and the DM very protective of the back for, I may tweak it more so with the CM with Arrows to the left & right respectively to cover and aid the wing backs when defending and can spread play on attack.... Well seems to have paid of for now as the 4-3-3 and 5-3-2's always seemed to leak goals.... At least this time they have to defend.