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Should Swansea City change their style of play to beat the relegation battle?

By V_Jones  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

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BBC football pundit Alan Hansen has urged Swansea City to change their style of play to beat the relegation battle.

Following the Swans 3-1 defeat to Tottenham, Hansen said the Swans will be "in trouble" unless they change their passing style of play which has seen them attract plaudits worldwide.

Speaking on Sunday's Match of the Day 2 highlights show, he said: “If you are being pressed high up the pitch and trying to pass your way out of trouble, you need seven, eight or nine that are good in possession.”

He said what the Swans need now is a “slight variation in tactics.”

“When they finally varied it and got the ball forward they got their best player Bony into action and got the defence turning,” he said.

“They talk about principles and philosophies and they are great words. But I'll give you a better word - survival.”

Do you think Swansea City should change their style of play? Let us know what you think by commenting below.

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  • Vildmis  |  January 24 2014, 7:50AM

    Alan Hansen should change that thing on his head, it's a phoney and comes from the tale of a pony (:

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  • swanseaola  |  January 21 2014, 3:03PM

    We shouldn't change the way we play - not at all.We got here by playing a passing game,this and the advantages that Hugh Jenkins has extolled many times add up to the fact that we have very little choice other than to have a pass the ball strategy.Or we can join the majority of dog eat dog!

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  • Jackboot  |  January 20 2014, 8:27PM

    Change the manager now!!!

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  • TipOff  |  January 20 2014, 8:24PM

    Its 4 and I'll shut up now. Point being, plenty of chances left to climb.

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  • TipOff  |  January 20 2014, 7:52PM

    Actually its 3 teams we have to play from now till the end of the season, as I said, we have NOT dropped any points against teams we can expect to be taking points from since Cardiff in NOV. Hopefully this tough run of games we have gone through will make the upcoming games in Feb seem easier. A win against championship Birmingham will be just what we need. They will be gunning for us and are capable of winning, so we need to play a strong side.

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  • CroJack  |  January 20 2014, 7:20PM

    No, no, and no. Passing is what we know and what our players are comfortable with. The only difference is when playing the big teams. Last season we played against them more defensively trying to score from counter-attack. In two away games we tried to outplay them, the first one against Arsenal at Emirates (we won and it was the one of our best games last season if not the best) and the second one against Manchester United at Old Trafford (where we were unlucky not to get one point, we played well too). This season we tried to outplay all of them, we had some crazy possesion (64 % at Old Trafford), and we lost all but one (against Liverpool at Liberty). Those points earned against big teams last season is something we miss now. It's 5-6-7 points and they would make a huge difference right now. Last year we were good at counter-attacks, this year we concede a lot of goals from counter-attacks. Even big teams wait patiently that we lose the ball high on the pitch, which we usually do, and we are suddenly down by one, two or three goals. Williams and Chico are left alone and have to defend against three or four oposition players. And if these players are Negredo, Nasri, Aguero, Van Persey, Rooney... we all know what's going to happen. So, maybe we should try to play more defensively against the big teams again, but against Fulham, West Ham, Cardiff, Stoke and other small teams we should keep doing what we are best at - keep possesion and attack them.

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  • moggs  |  January 20 2014, 7:11PM

    "we've had stolen from us". Oh dear!!! Alan Hansen has been very complimentary about The Swans' since arriving in the P.L,so I don't understand all the negativity towards him.

  • TipOff  |  January 20 2014, 5:48PM

    Alan forgets we have had the toughest run of games out of any team in the PL over the last month, we are also without 2-3 of our key players. On top of that, we were denied a penalty, after Bony hit the crossbar. We should not change how we play drastically, this is EXACTLY what will mess us up, we have to keep the faith, acknowledge we are not realistically enough this year to take games off the top 5 and take comfort in 2/3 of the table not being that hard. There are 16 games left, 4 of those games are teams who are likely to make top 5, that leaves 11 games of football against teams in or around our level. We probably need 18 points to scrape survival and we have a comfy goal difference, so lets try and go for at least 6 points in Feb. Lets not forget, we have NOT DROPPED POINTS against a single team around our level or lower since we lost to Cardiff in Nov and I counted at least 5 points we've had stolen from us from clear bad choices, and don't even get me started on Bony being pushed in the box on Sunday. So what I'm saying is, stuff the nay sayers, but everyone at SCFC needs to dig in hard for the next two months, play every game like it might be their last, michu, dyer, and some others will be back, our league fixtures SHOULD get a bit easier, so there is EVERYTHING to look forward too. Alan Hansen has been wrong many a time about Swansea.

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  • pengryjack_06  |  January 20 2014, 5:39PM

    in terms of our style the word change is wrong. I think the word "tweak" I more appropriate. its clear to all of us in the stadium that BONY is our main goal treat at the moment. What weve got to do is deliver better service to him and also make better, sharper runs off his play. If this means being slightly more direct then that's fine by me. it annoys me however that pundits like Hansen pass judgement on our team whilst paying no attention to the fact that some of our most influential players are sidelined. Still, I suppose that's just the kind of lazy punditry we ve come to expect from the BBC !

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  • roders1234  |  January 20 2014, 4:40PM

    A change in style is not needed. A change in tempo is needed, too many times do we go forward only to stop and then go backwards. Perhaps this does have something to do with the quality we have on the pitch at the moment. I do feel we lack that talisman in the middle, someone to sit semi-deep, someone who can pick a ball and chip in with the goals. For me I see this as Shelvey, I'd love to see him drop back and fill the JDG role when Michu is back in the team. Bony, Michu, Shevey & Britton. If we can get these 4 fit and playing then we'll have a spine that we can build around. That is a big IF at the moment.

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