POSSESSION will be 9/10ths of the law as Newcastle look to find a winning formula this afternoon.
United have struggled to find a way through on their own patch this season, a dilemma which reached its nadir against a doughty West Ham United last weekend.
That defeat heaps the pressure on Alan Pardew’s men ahead of the visit of the spirited South Wales side, and the Newcastle boss knows they will pose problems for his Magpies. But he is certain that his under-strength side will win – so long as they get on the ball.
“West Ham did a job on us, broke up the play, defended very deep with two banks (of four),” he admitted.
“Swansea will be different but will retain the ball. Last season it was 0-0 and I remember our fans coming away from that game that day not particularly happy because we couldn’t create any pressure.
“Swansea are good at what they do but I still expect us to win.”
The Swans have had a mixed second season in the Premier League, starting superbly and notching some noteworthy wins.
But there have also been negative headlines about new boss Michael Laudrup (pictured above), with some reports claiming he is not particularly well-liked in the Swansea dressing room.
Those were denied and results since would suggest that they are starting to settle under the legendary Dane.
“There’s a few promoted clubs who have done very well coming into the Premier League and Swansea are one of those,” Pardew added.
“They are a well-run club with basic principles and a vision that they want to stick to.
“The new manager has taken over from Brendan (Rodgers) and added a couple of real quality players, so they are a real problem team.”