Belfast Telegraph

Pascoe recognises need for more goals

Assistant manager Colin Pascoe admits Swansea need to be more clinical in front of goal as they look to end a run of three straight defeats at relegation-threatened QPR on Wednesday.

Swansea have been roundly praised for the pass-and-move style that has seen them make a big impression during their debut season in the Barclays Premier League. But Friday's 2-0 defeat to Champions League hopefuls Newcastle saw them punished as they failed to make the most of a complete dominance of general play.

He said: "We will never change how we play. We will keep passing, there were 900-odd passes we completed against Newcastle, which is a record for ourselves. But you have to put the ball in the back of the net."

Swansea enjoyed over 70% of possession against the Magpies and, remarkably, completed over 900 passes compared to Newcastle's 235.

But the statistic that matters most went in the visitors' favour as a double from prolific striker Papiss Cisse earned Alan Pardew's side the spoils.

Swansea had over 20 efforts on goal without finding the net and Pascoe acknowledges that will need to change, but insisted the Welsh club will not alter their approach.

He said: "The teams we have played are good teams with good players and they are hard to break down.

"The way we play we will always create chances but unfortunately the other day we did not have the cutting edge for the final pass or shot.

"But credit to Newcastle, Cisse has got nine goals in eight matches and is in top form, he took his two chances and they went away with the points. That's what you pay £9million for."

The Swans look to turn around their worst league run for eight years when they head to Loftus Road on Wednesday night to face a QPR side battling desperately to retain their top-flight status.

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