After Garry Monk's recent sacking as Swansea manager, caretaker boss Alan Curtis picked up his first point while in temporary charge following a goalless draw with West Ham United. The Swans played very well despite not scoring and seem to have regained a certain degree of their spark.
Swansea are supposedly set to name a new manager to fill the vacant spot, however, judging by the performance against West Ham, the club should be reluctant to let Curtis depart his post.
The performance against the Hammers was a huge improvement in comparison to the final games of Monk’s reign and it could be due to a new-found confidence boost in the Swans’ camp.
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Swansea were the dominant force in the opening half at the Liberty Stadium as they tried to bounce back from three straight league defeats and could have potentially grabbed a few goals in the opening stages of the game.
It has been a long time since the fans saw football of this standard, with the link up play between the likes of Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis a real positive from the match.
Curtis’ side seemed to have recaptured their passing game of old but simply failed to take their chances. However, the Welsh side look somewhat revamped under their new caretaker boss which looks to have boosted confidence around the ground.
Players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-yueng also caused problems for the West Ham back line, demonstrating the quality they possess. Additionally, full-back Neil Taylor looked promising down the left flank, while Lukasz Fabianski was also alert to any saves he had to make.
Furthermore, the Welsh side dominated the ball with 73% overall possession and produced 21 shots on goal, though only two really tested Adrian in the Hammers' goal.
It is debatable whether Monk should have faced the sack, but after their performance at the weekend under Curtis, maybe a change in the dugout was needed.
Clearly the caretaker manager is doing something right at Swansea and if this is the case, whoever Huw Jenkins appoints as manager, Curtis needs to be close by them in order to achieve success.
Or should Curtis be in line for the job full-time? Based on his start, it could certainly be a possibility for the rest of the season.