Dan: Lost leads have proved costly

28th April 2019
First team

Winger Daniel James feels Swansea City have paid the price for failing to hold onto leads as they relinquished a two-goal advantage against Hull to see their play-off aspirations ended.

The Swans had led 2-0 against the Tigers as Oli McBurnie took his tally to 23 goals for the season with another brace at the Liberty Stadium.

But late goals from Jarrod Bowen and Nouha Dicko earned the Tigers a share of the spoils and ensured Graham Potter's men can no longer make the top six.

It marked the eighth game in the Championship season where the Swans had led but not gone on to take all three points.

James believes that has been a determining factor in leaving them with too much to do late in the season to keep their promotion chances alive.

And the Wales international admitted the way in which the final stages unfolded made the draw feel more like a defeat.

“From all our faces and the crowd’s reaction after the game, it shows that we’re disappointed. We were quite comfortable at the end and, from our perspective, we gave two silly goals away," said the winger, who set up McBurnie for the Swans' second.

“I think that’s been quite a big factor in our season. There’s been a lot of games where we haven’t held onto leads. Maybe, that’s why we’re not up there in the play-offs.

“We’ll look back at this game and see what we can do better. But, to be 2-0 up and come away with a draw feels like a loss."