Garry Monk rues missed chances

22nd November

Garry Monk was left to rue missed chances after his side suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The hosts came from behind to beat the Swans, courtesy of goals from Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure, after Wilfried Bony had opened the scoring early on.

Inside the first ten minutes, Nathan Dyer clipped a clever ball through for the Ivory Coast international, who controlled on his chest before slotting coolly past Joe Hart.

But the hosts were quickly back on terms when Jovetic turned in Jesus Navas' inviting whipped cross from close range before Toure put Manuel Pellegrini's side in front just after the hour-mark.

The Swans had chances to snatch an equaliser late on as Bafe Gomis went through one-on-one with Hart, while Jonjo Shelvey saw a free-kick deflect inches wide of the target. 

But despite acknowledging his side's impressive display, Monk was disappointed that his side couldn't steal a share of the spoils.

"We competed very well against a very good side," said the Swans boss. "It shows how far we've come as a club to come away disappointed. 

"They had some good chances, but the chances we had at the end we should have taken. It wasn't to be.

"We defended very well. Against teams like this you have to do some last ditch defending, which we did, but we were always in the game. 

"At the end we should have taken our chances and taken a point.

"But it's pleasing to see how far we've come. We've come here before and not played anywhere near that level or been close to competing like we did. That shows how we are improving.

"We were a credit to ourselves today in the way we performed. It's just a shame we didn't get the reward for it."

Meanwhile Manchester City boss Pellegrini was pleased with his side's display against a "very good" Swansea team.

He said: "We played very well today. We had lot of chances to score, but we managed to win against a very good team who played well.

"Maybe if we scored before our second goal, we wouldn't have had a nervy last few minutes."