Lamah: Missed opportunities cost dearly
15th March 2014
Roland Lamah felt a failure to "kill off" West Brom cost the Swans three vital points after they went down 2-1 at the Liberty.
Lamah had fired Garry Monk's side ahead after just two minutes, with the dominant Swans going on to waste a number of chances in the first half.
But the Baggies were reinvigorated after the break, and Stephane Sessegnon fired low into the corner after 52 minutes to put them on level terms.
And in a tense finish, Youssouf Mulumbu steered his 20-yard effort in off the post with just four minutes left to earn Pepe Mel his first victory since taking over at West Brom.
"We started very, very well, and the goal was the perfect start for us," said Lamah. "We kept on creating chance after chance but we just didn't take them.
"And I think that was crucial today. We had to get another goal before the break because it can kill off the opposition as it makes it very difficult for them.
"West Brom came out in the second half with more energy and pressed higher and more intensely, and we didn't play as well as we can.
"It was very disappointing because we should be talking about getting three points and not reflecting on a defeat.
"The first half was very promising but we have to take our chances and secure the game."
Defeat leaves the Swans four points ahead of third-bottom Sunderland, who have played two games left.
Tough trips to Everton and Arsenal lay ahead for Monk's side, who have nine games remaining.
And Lamah, who made his first league start since the draw at Aston Villa on December 28, insists every game is crucial now.
"A lot of teams are involved in this battle to get away from the bottom three," said the Belgian international, who was forced off with a hip injury late on.
"We don't want to be in it but, after this result, you have to say we are. We have nine games left and every single one of those are massive for us.
"We need to show our quality in front of goal and if we do that then we can get the results we are after."
He added: "I was obviously delighted with my goal, but it means nothing as the result was not the one the team wanted.
"I train very hard and do my best to help the team, so every opportunity I get to play then I give everything I can.
"It's my second league goal of the season, and hopefully I can get a few more before the end of the season to help the team steer away from danger."