Harry Darling | Players have to take responsibility

7th April
First team
Harry Darling Middlesbrough

Harry Darling says Swansea City's players must take responsibility for recent poor performances and reward the faith head coach Luke Williams has shown in them by improving quickly.

A goal in each half from Emmanual Latte Lath handed three points to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, while the Swans struggled to make the most of some early openings and paid for sloppy defending.

Centre-back Darling echoed Swans boss Williams assessment of the display on Teesside as being unacceptable, and the defender feels the Swans simply must raise their game in upcoming home matches against Stoke City and Rotherham United.

“The gaffer is brilliant with us, he gives us every bit of detail we need to perform on a game day and we need to start repaying him with better performances because they haven’t been good enough," he said.

“We’ve got two home games next so we really need to give performances that the fans and gaffer can be proud of. 

"They probably haven’t seen that since the Cardiff game, and that’s something we need to do because we know it's not been good enough and we've conceded two sloppy goals to lose here.

“It was one of those games where there wasn't a lot of intensity to it and we’ve got to bring that to the game. That’s something we haven’t in the last couple of games, and it’s a really disappointing result.

“We need to be more clinical at the top of the pitch, make the most of our crossing opportunities and create better chances for our strikers – I think that really lets us down, but the goals we conceded were sloppy. 

"If you concede goals like that you will always give yourself an uphill task."