Garry Monk rues missed chances

14th December 2014

Garry Monk felt his side paid the price for missed chances and individual errors after they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite the Swans being the dominant team for the majority of the 90 minutes, Christian Eriksen's late winner snatched all three points for the visitors after Wilfried Bony equalised following Harry Kane's early opener.

Mauricio Pochettino's men took the lead inside four minutes when Kane headed home at the back post from Eriksen's deep corner into the box.

The Swans responded to the setback well, but had to wait until just after the interval for top scorer Wilfried Bony to fire past Hugo Lloris from close range.

After having numerous chances to complete their comeback, the Swans were dealt a cruel blow when Eriksen rifled past Gerhard Tremmel in the 89th minute to secure victory for the visitors.

And after dominating proceedings, Monk admitted the final result was tough to take.

"It's very hard to take - I didn't see that coming" said Monk. "Two individual errors cost us two goals and we weren't clinical enough.

"We had created enough chances to score a number of goals, but we didn't take them.

"After gifting them the first goal, it took us about ten minutes to readjust and gain momentum. The second half was then one-way traffic. If it was a boxing match, it would've been called off.

"But unfortunately we didn't take our chances and individual mistakes have cost us the game. 

"They were hanging on at times, but we have to be ruthless. You have to kill them when it's like that. 

"And when you don't take your chances, there's always the chance that a break away or mistake can lead to them getting a goal, which is what happened.

"The effort and performance level was very good, which is what we demanded after last week. We got that, but it's unfortunate that the players weren't rewarded for that effort.

"This is football, and it can be cruel. We have to move on very quickly and learn from the mistakes. We'll look to improve and get the three points from the next game."

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Pochettino hailed the character of his side after they secured an "important win" over a strong Swansea side.

"It was important to show character and fight," said Pochettino. "Swansea is a very good team, so it wasn't easy to get the three points.

"Maybe Swansea played better in the second half, but in the last ten minutes we came to life and it was a great goal by Christian Eriksen."