Ben rues missed opportunity

22nd March

Ben Davies rued Swansea City's "missed opportunity" in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Everton.

The home side took the lead when Chico Flores brought down Ross Barkley in the box, and Leighton Baines scored from the spot.

Wilfried Bony then levelled for the visitors before the break with a cool finish after good work from Wayne Routledge and Angel Rangel.

But the Swans were undone in the early part of the second half as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Barkley gave the hosts the initiative.

Ashley Williams pulled one back in stoppage time but it was too little too late and the Swans were left to rue a narrow defeat.

And Davies insists it was a case of failing to take their chances throughout the game at Goodison Park.

"That 10-15 minute spell in the second half cost us really," he said. "But we've just got to learn to deal with that.

"We were right on top at the halfway stage, and we came out in the second half and gave it a right good go but we let two goals in at a bad time.

"It's always difficult when you're two goals down, especially against a team like Everton. All the goals came from our mistakes so that is disappointing.

"But if we take our chances when we get them then we can get back into the game.

"We wanted to put our chances away, but it just wasn't to be."

The Swans now face a tough trip to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to take on title-chasing Arsenal.

The Gunners suffered a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Saturday, but Davies believes the Swans need to stick to their principles as they go in search of crucial Premier League points before they host Norwich at the Liberty next weekend.

"It's a massive week for us and we definitely need something out of the next two games," said the defender. "But one thing we can't afford to let slip is our confidence.

"We just need to play the way we can, create chances and hopefully win some games."