Martin O’Neill couldn’t possibly comment on such theories but is this not a game we would have lost or drawn up to the end of November? Early lead, immediate surrender of overall possession, sitting back deep, poor distribution – all the usual elements. MON’s e-mail salutes an entirely different outcome …
I’m delighted we’ve won the game. It was a case of two fantastic finishes and three very important points for us.
I think everything just caught up with the players today; they looked a little bit leggy at times, but nonetheless they stuck in at it.
The swirling wind probably didn’t help, but it was a game we had to win and we did just that.
It was a very solid defensive performance from us. I think Swansea had one real opportunity on goal, we scored not long after and that deflated them and gave us a little momentum.
It was a fantastic goal from Stephane Sessegnon. There was some nice build-up play from James McClean, but Sess did brilliantly to score it.
It was an important goal at an important time.
Swansea did very well last week [beating Arsenal] and they came here ready to continue in the same vein.
We knew we had to close them down and we did just that and then got the goal to go in front.
At times we sat back a little bit and couldn’t get the ball off them – it was nervy – but the crowd urged the team on to dispossess them and then the second goal really killed the game and saw us through.
All the best,
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