Jono: Swans punished by clinical City
2nd December 2013
Jonathan de Guzman insists the Swans were punished by Manchester City's ruthless firepower at the Etihad Stadium.
A Samir Nasri brace and an opening goal from Alvaro Negredo saw the hosts run out 3-0 winners on Sunday night.
Despite the scoreline, the Swans had a good spell of possession and chances throughout the match, but they failed to make the most of them.
Dutch international de Guzman had the Swans' best chance just before the break as he nutmegged defender Martin Demechelis just inside the 18-yard box but he failed to hit the target.
And the midfielder revealed it was a frustrating outcome for Michael Laudrup's squad.
"It was a disappointing afternoon," admitted de Guzman. We started off very slow and they got their goal, but we picked up from there and had a very good first half.
"We had a very good chance at the end of the half, which I had to make it level. We got the ball through the middle and I tried to place it in the corner and with my quality I should have buried it.
"With the equaliser the game would have been different and we would have given us more energy to get a result in the second half.
"In the changing room at half-time we were all positive of getting a result. But with their quality and finishing they punished us.
"They are a quality team who are very strong at home, and today they showed why."
The Swans dropped to 13th in the table following the defeat, and now take in two home games against Newcastle and Hull.
And de Guzman feels the Swans need to make the most of home advantage as they strive to climb back up the table.
First up are Newcastle - the form team in the division with four consecutive wins - who visit the Liberty on Wednesday night.
"Newcastle have been doing very well and they have a strong squad," added de Guzman, who scored in the 2-1 away win against Alan Pardew's side last season.
"But we are at home and we have to make that count. We want to be higher up the table and this is an opportunity for us to do that.
"But they will be two very difficult games. Newcastle are on a roll and Hull had that excellent 3-1 win over Liverpool recently, so we will have to raise our game."