Swansea 2-0 Newcastle United – Player Ratings

Nick Potts/PA Wire

Newcastle United’s naive performance in their 2-0 loss to Swansea City highlighted a hidden ignorance unearthed by their muddled point against Southampton last weekend.

The Swans had a philosophy and the players executed it perfectly, whereas Steve McClaren’s side embarrassingly tried to emulate their opponents’ possession-based system despite having neither. The Magpies’ nervous attempts at splitting the centre-backs and replacing them with Vurnon Anita looked...

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