Garry Monk left frustrated after Stoke defeat

19th October 2014

Garry Monk was left frustrated and disappointed after his side suffered a 2-1 defeat at Stoke City.

After Wilfried Bony's 34th minute opener from the penalty spot, the hosts came from behind through goals either side of half-time from Charlie Adam and substitute Jonathan Walters.

The Swans impressed during the first period as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-Yueng both had chances to open the scoring early on prior to Bony's opener.

But shortly before the interval, Stoke were awarded a penalty of their own when Victor Moses went down inside Swansea's 18-yard box, which Charlie Adam duly dispatched.

Second half substitute Jonathan Walters delivered a sucker punch with just over ten minutes left on the clock when he directed home a header from Oussama Assaidi's inviting cross.

But Monk felt his side had the chances to come away with all three points from the Britannia Stadium and felt the host's controversial penalty was a major turning point.

"It was a massive game changing moment," said the Swans boss. "We should have gone in at half-time a few up. We had some good chances, but we didn't take them.

"We had a clear penalty, but their penalty before half-time changed everything. It was a disgraceful decision, but we have to live with that. It's extremely disappointing.

"In the second half, neither side did enough. Ki had a good chance for us, and then their goal was a poor goal to concede from our point of view. We didn't defend in the box properly.

He added: "The players are distraught to come away with nothing after the effort they put in against a tough, really good team."

"We deserved something from the game. It's five matches now without a win, but we are still in a healthy position, and we will improve.

"The guys are taking on a lot of ideas, and I think the players will bare the fruits of their labour as the season goes on."