Stoke Matt Grimes

Matt Grimes | Home results have to improve

6th October 2019
First team

Captain Matt Grimes believes Swansea City need to address their home form quickly following more Liberty Stadium frustration against Stoke City.

Swansea’s run without a win on home turf now stands at three games as goals from Sam Clucas and Scott Hogan saw the Potters recover from conceding an opening-minute strike from Andre Ayew to win 2-1 in SA1.

That result came on the back of defeat against Nottingham Forest to a late winner, and the concession of a last-gasp leveller against Reading.

And, with Hogan’s winner coming in the final minute of the 90, midfielder Grimes knows the Swans must rediscover the home form that saw them go nine months without losing a league game in SA1.

“We just weren’t good enough; it’s as simple as that,” he said of the loss to the Potters.

“We knew before the game that they possessed some threats and good players but we didn’t play to our strengths at all; we looked nervous and were on edge.

“It just wasn’t us and that was very disappointing.

Stoke Matt Grimes

“I don’t think it was down to any one thing. As a team, collectively, we weren’t good enough. It was a great chance to stay top of the league.

“Our home form isn’t good enough at the moment and we need to sort it out.

“We had another fantastic start – similar to the game against Reading. We started on the front foot and got the goal, but we just fizzled out of the game.

“It felt like they were coming into the game more and more, but we were letting them and that’s not a good sign.

“They’re low on confidence, so after the early goal we needed to really press home that advantage.

“If we’d have got another two or three from there then the game would have been dead. Obviously, we didn’t do that.”