Schoolboy defending, lack of discipline and ball chasing.
Three tell tale signs that the errors of last season have managed to follow the team into the new season.
Despite some positive signs last weekend in the 2-2 home draw against Southampton, the fans on Tyneside were served up a ‘back to Earth’ performance in South Wales.
Shadow-chasing seemed to be the theme on Saturday afternoon, as Swansea controlled the game from start to finish whilst the United players failed to get a grip on the game.
Garry Monk’s side came flying out of the traps from the first whistle, finding the long-existing gaps in a Newcastle defence which is crying out for a player upgrade.
It was no shock to see the Swans’ Jefferson Montero continue the electric performance he showed against Chelsea, and steamroll down the left wing, making a schoolboy out of Dutch international full-back Daryl Janmaat.
“Let the attacker know that you are there” seemed to be the tactic envisioned by Janmaat.
But it was Montero who had the last laugh, as his pacy dribbles and constant barricade of attacks landed the Dutchman with two mindless early yellow cards which saw him exit the field of play just minutes before half-time.
Gomis opened the scoring in the ninth minute, as he walked the ball around Tim Krul after receiving a cutting through ball from Jonjo Shelvey.
From then on in United chased shadows for the remainder of the game, with Swansea’s new boy Andre Ayew connecting onto a Montero cross to seal the victory for the home side.
Newcastle’s defence seemed full of errors throughout the game, which certainly isn’t anything new.
Massadio Hadaira’s first touch, Fabricio Coloccini’s inability to dominate the six yard box, Steven Taylor daydreaming and Janmaat’s naivety were all unbelievably painful to watch and the 2-0 scoreline certainly flattered Newcastle.
The afternoon was forgettable to say the least, but one positive that we should all take away from the game is, that under either of our previous two managers, that same side would have crumbled and more than two of the 19 Swansea shots on targets would have found the back of the net.
Let’s not panic just yet.