Ki: Red card was turning point
20th September 2014
Ki Sung-Yueng conceded Wilfried Bony's dismissal was a crucial factor behind the Swans' narrow home defeat to Southampton.
Bony was shown his second yellow card after 39 minutes, with the Ivorian having earlier seen his effort cleared off the line while Wayne Routledge struck the crossbar.
Southampton, though, eventually made the most of their man advantage when they broke a stern Swans resistance as substitute Victor Wanyama fired home with ten minutes remaining.
It meant a second consecutive defeat for Garry Monk's side, and Ki admitted the loss was tough to take.
"It was a very disappointing day," said the South Korean. "We were controlling the game and created a few chances - we hit the post and saw one cleared off the line. I thought we denied them scoring opportunities too.
"But the red card really changed things. We were forced back and had to defend a lot. It was very tough, but we remained organised.
"There were some tired legs out there - ten men versus eleven is always going to be very tough - and it really told in the last ten minutes.
"And they just created a bit of space for themselves and took their opportunity.
"It's tough for us to take because we put a lot of effort into that game but ended up with nothing."