Ben Cabango | We have to take responsibility and respond

10th August 2022
First team
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Ben Cabango says he and his Swansea City team-mates have to accept accountability and the responsibility of producing a performance on the road at Blackpool after their Carabao Cup exit.

The Swans bowed out in the first round after relinquishing a 2-0 lead and a position of dominance against Oxford United.

Goals from Jay Fulton and Liam Cullen had Swansea in control of the tie, but late goals from Alex Gorrin and Cameron Brannagan took the contest to penalties, where a Matty Sorinola miss proved the difference.

It was not the way Cabango wanted to round off a night where he got 90 minutes under his belt on his return from an ankle ligament injury, and captained the Swans for the first time.

And while proud to lead the side, it was of no comfort under the circumstances, and he has made clear the squad as a collective have to stick together and deliver.

“I was really proud to captain the side, it is an honour, but when you lose the way we did it’s not something that’s on your mind,” said the Wales international.

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“It felt good being out there, the first 15 minutes was a bit of a shock to the system in terms of the intensity but it’s good to get that in the tank.

“However, like I say, it’s hard to think about things like that when we’ve lost a game in that fashion.

“It’s just so, so disappointing. We put ourselves in a great position, and we just have to see that game out, there are no excuses. We have to see it out.

“We have to take responsibility for that as players. There’s a lot of hurt in that dressing room, but we have to suck that up and take it on the chin because there’s no-one to blame but ourselves.

“We have to stick together, rally round each other and work together to make sure we go to Blackpool on Saturday and we put in a performance.

“It’s really important we do that and are ready for Saturday.”