James rues missed opportunity

7th October 2018
First team

Daniel James admitted frustration reigned in the Swansea City dressing room after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat against Ipswich Town.

The Swans were relentless in their attempts to see off the Tractor Boys, creating a number of chances as they dominated possession.

James was a big threat down the Swans left, supplying a number of dangerous crosses and having a hand in the opening goal.

But Trevoh Chalobah’s 84th-minute header saw Ipswich claim their first win of the season and consigned the Swans to their third defeat of the campaign.

James conceded that defeat was hard to take - and says Graham Potter's young side must learn their lessons.

“We are all disappointed to lose the game,” the Wales under-21 international said.

“It has been a hard week of games both home and away. Three points were up for grabs against Ipswich and a win would have done nicely going into the international break.

“We got back to 2-2 and the game opened up. We were definitely on top but we conceded from the corner which was annoying.

“The frustrating thing for us is that we created enough chances to win two games.

"We had a lot more chances than they did but we need to go away and analyse things and make sure we learn.”

James now links up with Rob Page’s Wales Under-21 squad as they face Romania and Switzerland in Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifiers.

The Swans return to action when they go to Aston Villa in a fortnight's time.

“The international break has probably come at the right time,” he said. “We need to make sure we dust ourselves down and get ready for our next group of games.

“It is a long season, so it is important to stay positive.

“I really enjoyed the game. It was great to be involved. You always have to be ready. The manager has shown he will call on you at any time.”