Matt Grimes | Plenty to take from Leicester City performance

22nd October
First team
Matt Grimes goal

Swansea City captain Matt Grimes felt there were plenty of positives to take from the performance in the 3-1 defeat to Leicester City.

Grimes’ deflected effort had given the Swans the lead midway through the first half, but the Foxes were level at the break when Jannik Vestergaard capitalised on a fortunate ricochet from a corner right before half-time.

Second-half goals from Abdul Fatawu and Kelechi Iheanacho ultimately sealed three points for the visitors, but the Swans had chances with Liam Cullen hitting the crossbar, while Mads Hermansen made an excellent stop to deny Jamal Lowe.

I’ve been playing in the Championship for a long time now and that’s the best team I’ve played against,” said Grimes.

“They’re a very good side with Premier League quality, and you can see that with the players they played and the subs they brought on.

“There were things to work on of course, but I don’t think we played badly. We were right in the game, and there were just a few moments in key periods that went against us.

“I thought the first goal we conceded was disappointing, because it was from a corner, but other than that it was decent performance.

“For a lot of the younger lads that’s a learning curve, but I don’t think it will get much tougher than that this season to be honest.

“The lads at the back were brilliant, but Leicester have so much quality going forward you just have to limit them to as few chances as possible.

“We had a 10 to 15-minute spell at 2-1 when I thought we were really on top and I felt we needed to score in that period to get something from the game.

“We had chances but, with the quality they’ve got, they were able to make it 3-1. There was still plenty to take from the performance, though."

The opening goal was Grimes’ third of the season - meaning he already has two more to his name this term than he registered last season - and he is pleased to be making telling contributions in the final third.

“I’m happy with the numbers and hopefully I’ll keep chipping in,” he added.

“I don’t want to focus too much on myself because it’s all about the team, but I’m enjoying my football.

“I’m trying to get myself higher up the pitch, and sniff out a goal from the edge of the box and progress forward a bit more. But I’m just enjoying being part of the team and being able to chip in with goals from time to time.”