Bony: Slow start cost us
12th January 2014
Wilfried Bony conceded the Swans paid the price for a slow start to the second half in their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Michael Laudrup's side went in level at the break following a positive first-half performance, but it took United just three minutes after the restart to break the deadlock through Antonio Valencia.
The hosts were buoyed by their goal, and they added another just before the hour mark through Danny Welbeck to seal victory.
And Bony felt United's quick start to the second half played a massive part of their victory.
"We did well in the first half - we were pleased with our performance as a team," said the Ivory Coast international.
"We kept the ball very well and it gave us a lot of hope for the second half - just like it did last week in the FA Cup tie.
"But they started the second half quickly as a team. They got the goal and it raised the crowd and the team, and they raised their game.
"We tried to get back into the game, but then they managed to get a second goal and it was difficult for us after that.
"We have to bounce back from this and get some points in the league - the next two matches at home (to Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham) give us that opportunity.
"It's important we get something from those games because the gap between the bottom three and ourselves isn't much now."