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Neville: I Wish We Played Swansea Every Week

Neville: I Wish We Played Swansea Every Week

Everton midfielder Phil Neville wishes he could play against Swansea City every week, as they're still yet to suffer a defeat against them in their history.

Not only that, but the Toffees did the double over the Swans in the Premier League last season, and could well do the same this year following a comfortable 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Swansea City struggled to cope with Everton's game plan of playing high up the pitch, with an emphasis on putting pressure on their opponent's back four. It certainly paid off, as Laudrup's side just couldn't cope with their tactical approach to the game.

Despite expecting Everton to play exactly like they did, having watched last season's match, Laudrup's players were made to look particularly poor, as he blamed their slow play for their downfall.

Neville said:

'I wished we played down at Swansea every week. Our performances there have been some of the best that we've produced.

'Last season we went there and it was at the time when Brendan Rodgers' side, you know, they were making 500-600 passes a game and they were totally dominating.

'And we went down there and we gambled, in a way… the tactics were just to flood the Swansea half of the field and just stopped them playing out of the back and to try and win the ball back as early as we possibly could.

'And I think that had a little bit of a mental thing in Saturdays' game because I think they were a little bit wary of us and we carried off where we left off last season.

'We did the same last season and we're a physical team and Swansea are a technical team.

'They probably don't have the physicality that we've got.'


Neville also believes that the Swans miss former loanee Steven Caulker the most, as they don't look so strong at the back, he added:

'They've lost a couple of really good players - [Scott] Sinclair and Joe Allen,'

'Caulker - I know people talk about Joe Allen - but I think Caulker was a massive rock at the back for Swansea last year.

'I've had the pleasure of working with him for a short space of time with the England Under-21 team.

'He really impressed me - [an] out and out defender.

'He was technically good on the ball, but he did like to defend.

'And I think out of all the players that Swansea have lost this season, maybe Caulker was the one that they probably miss more than anything because in the Premiership forwards are getting quicker, better technically and goal-scoring this season has been frightening.

'And I think if you keep clean sheets you're going to win most games and at the moment Swansea are probably finding that difficult.'






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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Tuesday September 25 2012
Time: 10:41PM

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