Fulton disappointed as Swans bow out of cup
29th October 2014
Jay Fulton insists the Swans can count themselves unlucky not to be in the next round of the Capital One Cup.
Garry Monk's side bowed out of the competition at the fourth round stage following a late defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.
After a goalless opening period, the Swans took the lead through a fine Marvin Emnes volley midway through the second half and looked to be heading for the quarter-finals.
However, in a cruel late twist, substitute Mario Balotelli scored the equaliser with four minutes to go and after Federico Fernandez was controversially sent off, the Reds grabbed the win through Dejan Lovren's stoppage-time header.
"It was a shame we couldn't hold on," said Fulton. "Based on our second-half performance I thought we should have gone through to the next round.
"They were putting us under pressure at the end but I thought we were dealing with it very well.
"It's hard to take because the last few minutes just seemed to slip away from us a bit."
Fulton was named in the starting line-up at Anfield as the Swans made five changes to the side that beat Leicester in the Premier League.
The 20-year-old missed the start of the campaign with a knee injury picked up in pre-season, and made his first start against Rotherham in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
And the midfielder was delighted to feature at Anfield as the young Scot came up against Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho.
"It was brilliant," he said. "I got told a couple of days ago that I'd be playing and was really looking forward to it.
"The injury at the start of the season kind of set me back a bit but hopefully I can be involved a bit more now.
"I've been pushing myself in training and it was great to test myself in an environment like Anfield."