Defeat was harsh on us, says Cork
5th February 2017
Jack Cork felt the Swans didn't deserve to suffer a cruel defeat after a brave display at Manchester City.
It proved a case of déjà vu for the Swans, who were beaten by an injury time strike at the Etihad Stadium for a second consecutive year.
It had looked like Paul Clement's side were heading for a first Premier League point at the Etihad, courtesy of Gyfli Sigurdsson's 81st minute equaliser.
But the hosts secured victory when Gabriel Jesus tapped home his second of the afternoon when the game was deep into additional time.
Defeat left the Swans one point above the relegation zone following the weekend's results, but Cork believes the squad can be pleased with their performance.
"Everyone could see how disappointing we were in the first half. They put a lot of pressure on us and we found it difficult to get into the game.
In the second half we managed to change everything. We created chances and Gylfi is amazing anywhere near the box.
He put it between the player's legs and then sent the goalie the wrong way.
You know when he's in that position that he will do something. He's lethal from that range.
"It's gutting for us because it's the second year in a row that we've lost like this at Manchester City," said the Swans skipper.
"The plan was to keep a good shape and frustrate them.
"In the first half it was difficult because they kept finding little holes to exploit and they used the width well.
"They got an early goal and that made it tough, but we stood up to them.
"We frustrated them, though, and from the last few games you can see how much more compact we are.
"Everyone trusts each other and knows if they go into a position then someone will cover them. We needed that with the amount of pressure we were under.
"In the second half we played more football, had more confidence and used Fernando (Llorente) and the wingers a lot more.
"It was a harsh result - I felt we deserved a point, but it wasn't to be.
"We have started the new year well, and now we need to kick on against Leicester next Sunday."