Garry Monk disappointed with late defeat

28th October 2014

Garry Monk was disappointed his side couldn't hold on for victory after two late Liverpool goals saw the Swans exit the Capital One Cup at Anfield.

Monk's men suffered late heartbreak when Dejan Lovren headed home an injury time winner to send the hosts through after Federico Fernandez was sent off just moments earlier.

Marvin Emnes had given the Swans a second-half lead when he opened the scoring with a fantastic first-time effort past goalkeeper Brad Jones.

But substitute Mario Balotelli levelled for the hosts when he prodded home Borini's inviting cross in the 86th minute.

Swans centre-back Fernandez was controversially dismissed in the third minute of added time after he was adjudged to have fouled Philippe Coutinho, before the hammer blow moment came seconds from the final whistle when Lovren headed the Reds a late winner.

And despite disagreeing with the referee's decision on Fernandez's dismissal, Monk was disappointed his side couldn't resist late pressure from the hosts.

"I'm disappointed," admitted the Swans boss. "It wasn't a red card, but these things are happening, and hopefully they will stop happening.

"We deserved at least extra-time, but we should have shut up shop before the first goal.

"In the first half we allowed Liverpool too much time in possession, which made us suffer without the ball.

"We changed a few things at half-time, came into the game in the second half and got a deserved goal.

"With a couple of minutes to go, we should have seen it out. We should have defended better and come away with the win.

"But we put on a performance, especially the second half, that we can be proud of."

Meanwhile, Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe was delighted with the Reds' victory despite them leaving it late.

"It's a great feeling to go through even if it was so late," said Pascoe.

"The way we played, we were always going to create a chance. We didn't deserve to be a goal down.

"It was a good performance, and we're pleased with the victory."