Matt Grimes | There are positives to take from that performance
Skipper Matt Grimes feels Swansea City can take plenty of positives despite the disappointment of a Carabao Cup exit against Premier League Bournemouth.
Grimes put the Swans ahead on from the spot after a good start to the match from the home side and they held the lead at half-time.
The Cherries made three changes at the break and goals from David Brooks and Hamed Traore put them ahead. Jamie Paterson struck back with 15 minutes to go, but Ryan Christie sealed a 3-2 win and a place in the third round for Bournemouth when he scored from just inside the box in injury time.
But for the Swansea captain, the performance showed improvement and progression as the Swans continue to adapt after a summer of change.
“It’s disappointing to lose, but I think it’s a performance we can take positives from,” he said.
“I think we matched them for the majority of the game, obviously they were going to have more of the ball than us, but I thought we looked really solid and capitalised on our chances when they came.
“We all know that we needed to be more solid defensively. They had a lot of talent on the pitch, which ultimately got them three goals, but there’s positives to take both on the ball and off the ball from that performance.
“They’re a very good side, with very good players so that performance shows we can mix it with sides of that quality, so we have to believe in ourselves.
“Playing against a team of that quality, you’re always going to be under the cosh in periods of the game, so it’s about seeing those periods out, showing a good mentality and limiting them to as little as possible.
“It was good to get back to 2-2 but, if I’m being picky, I think we should see that out and take the game to penalties.
“But I hope everyone can see how much we’re growing game on game, so we just need to keep progressing as we are.”
For Grimes, it was his first goal for the Swans since November 8 last year, but he admitted he won’t always be on penalties.
“I think Yatesy [Jerry Yates] will be on pens, but he wasn’t on the pitch,” he said.
“I don’t think we really spoke about it before the game, but I took responsibility and thankfully I scored.”