Swansea City and Michael Laudrup have made a flying start to the 2012/13 Premier League season, following up their opening day 5-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers with a comfortable 3-0 victory over West Ham this afternoon.
Similar to last weekend when Robert Green gifted the Swans their opening goal, Jussi Jaaskelainen was at fault, allowing Angel Rangel’s tame effort to go through him. After that, Swansea City controlled possession and West Ham rarely looked like coming back into the game.
9 minutes after their opener, James Collins’ weak back pass was ceased upon by Michu who poked the ball past the onrushing Jaaskelainen with his first touch to double the home side’s lead.
West Ham pushed forward before half time but were denied by an in-form and agile Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal, as well as an intelligent run from Leon Britton to clear a headed effort off the line from the back post after it was originally left free.
There was only one side who look like scoring in the second half and it wasn’t the side who were trailing.
West Ham were very disappointing in the second half as they saw little possession of the ball in the opposition half, creating little.
Swansea City had the majority of possession in the second half and had chances to match last week’s scoreline. Danny Graham had fired a one-on-one wide of goal minutes before he added the 3rd just after the hour mark.
Michael Laudrup’s first two games in English football have seen his side win 5-0 and 3-0 to go top of the Premier League (before Chelsea play Newcastle at 5.30 this evening at least). The movement on his team has been excellent, as they have maintaining possession and creating chances. Having played two relegation candidates, bigger tests await await for the Danish legend.
After the game, Laudrup was quotes as saying “To start with two wins is great. We know things will not always be like that”, keeping his feet on the ground.
Only Neil Taylor and Danny Graham saw shots saved today, which means Swansea City have scored with 73% of their shots on target in their opening two games. Very impressive (but of course it won’t last).
Defensively, like last season, Swansea have relied upon Michel Vorm to make a number of good saves. Chico was solid in the air today as both he and Ashley Williams made a number of defensive clearances, limiting Carlton Cole to 27 touches of the ball. The Spanish defender did commit a number of fouls on the opposition, but has started his career in English football with 180 minutes without conceding a goal.
Next weekend, Swansea City host Sunderland as they look to make it 3 wins from 3 under Michael Laudrup in the Premier League before the international break. On Tuesday they host Barnsley in the League Cup.