Swansea City go into the international break six points behind Watford in the race for the second automatic promotion spot after a frustrating defeat to local rivals Cardiff City.
Aden Flint won the game with an early header from a set-play, and whilst the hosts dominated after the break, they just couldn’t find an equaliser.
As mentioned, it leaves the Swans six points behind the Hornets, although it should be pointed out that they have a game in hand, so they will still feel a top two finish is possible.
Nevertheless, fans will be worried after recent results and performances, and here we look at TWO concerns boss Steve Cooper will have…
Momentum has been lost
We all know the importance of momentum in football but Swansea don’t have it right now. Successive defeats have really halted the progress of the Welsh side and losing the derby to Cardiff last time out just makes everything worse.
In a way, you could argue that that break has come at the right time for the club, as it gives them time to go away and they can then regroup in a week or so.
Ultimately though, confidence will be low and the only way to get that back is to pick up a win when they return.
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Scoring goals is a problem
The Cardiff defeat perfectly highlighted the issues Swansea have.
23 shots and just the one on target is clearly nowhere near good enough and it shows the team are lacking that quality and composure in the final third.
The biggest worry for Cooper is that this isn’t anything new. They failed to score in the defeat at Bournemouth and they have managed just two non-penalty goals in their last five games.
Injuries haven’t helped, but the boss needs to find a new formula in the final third because goals are a major problem.