The unbeaten streak for Swansea City came to halt on Saturday with Newcastle United dismantling the Swans 3-0 at St. James' Park.
The Swans had not lost a game since March 12th when AFC Bournemouth squeaked by with a 3-2 win at the Vitality Stadium. The following Saturday, the Jacks traveled back home and hosted doomed Aston Villa. Defender Federico Fernández scored the match-winner to earn the three points at the Liberty Stadium by a score of 1-0.
Since then, they have been in top form. The following weekend the Welsh club pulled out a comeback 2-2 draw against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, then Swansea manger Francesco Guidolin made history by beating Chelsea 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
The Jacks are not fighting to survive in the Premier League anymore, but instead attempting break in the top 10. However, this Saturday's 3-0 lost brought them back down to earth and to 15th place with 40 points and a negative 11 goal difference.
A victory in their next match will secure their spot in the top flight next season. Plus if the Jacks beat first place Leicester City on Sunday at the King Power Stadium, then a finish in the top 10 might still happen.
Now let's take a look at the players' performances against Newcastle.
Disappointing goals conceded
Lukasz Fabianski (6): The Polish international did make four saves in the match. However, he and the defense still allowed two goals in the final 10 minutes of the match.
Neil Taylor (4): Taylor, like the rest of the defence, struggled to slow down the determined Newcastle attack. Plus he was ineffective on the attacking end.
Ashley Williams (4): The captain failed to settle down the defence in this match. He and the rest of the back line were always playing catch up.
Federico Fernández (4): Cleared up a few chances but still put in a poor performance against the Magpies.
Angel Rangel (4): Spent most of the game chasing the ball, and he too failed to make an impact on the other end.
Lack of offensive threat
Leroy Fer (5): The Dutch player did a few small good things with the ball and managed to complete 26 of his 31 passes. However, the yellow card he picked up in the match showed his frustration in a tough game for him.
Andre Ayew (6): The Ghanaian international was not able to create too many goal scoring chances. Ayew's effort was there though as he kept making runs and forced Newcastle to foul him a few times.
Jefferson Montero (5): Similar to Ayew. Besides his effort, nothing else was there for the South American.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (5): The Icelandic international is usually the danger man for Swansea, but not against the Magpies. He was only able to get off one shot in the match. Sigurdsson did complete 22 of 28 passes, but that's all he was able to do.
Jack Cork (5): He was busy trying to move the ball around the pitch in Leon Britton's absence. He attempted 90 passes in the game, 76 of them were completed. However, he and the rest of the midfielders struggled to do anything in the final third.
Alberto Paloschi (4): The Italian forward ran till he was subbed out in the 84th minute, but failed to make the Newcastle defense sweat.
No impact off the bench
Modou Barrow (came in for Fer at the 57th minute) 5: He was able to land 12 of his 15 passes. However, with more than 30 minutes to play he failed to register a shot.
Bafetimbi Gomis (came in for Ayew in the 71st minute) 6: The Frenchman came in and began to make an impact in the match. He recorded three shots in 19 minutes. He kept trying to make runs in the penalty box, but no goals came from it.
Wayne Routledge (came in for Paloschi in the 84th minute) 5: With barely any time to work with, he attempted to make a difference with his pace. However, instead of being on the attack he was forced to defend more.
Guidolin needs to refocus
Francesco Guidolin (4): The Italian manager has seen better days with Swansea. Since he took over as head coach late in January, the biggest defeat he had suffered was by a one goal margin. It hurts a little more that this thrashing came at the hands of a club fighting for their Premier Leagues lives.
However, he will have to get the team to rebound quickly. If the Swans drop another three points then their Premier League fate for next season might become a bit trickier. The last thing he wants is for Sunderland or Norwich City to win their next game and to close the gap.