Michael Duff | A lack of quality cost us

16th September
First team

Head coach Michael Duff felt a lack of quality cost his Swansea City side in their south Wales derby defeat against Cardiff City.

The Swans suffered a first defeat in five derbies as – following a goalless first half – an Ollie Tanner strike and Aaron Ramsey’s penalty settled the contest at Cardiff City Stadium.

And Duff was left to rue the Swans inability to pose a sustained attacking threat.

“I thought a lack of quality let us down, the application and the attitude was there,” he said.

“There was nothing in the first half, it was a cagey game and there was not much in it.

“In the second time, every time we passed forward we turned the ball over, and when you do that it becomes difficult to sustain attacks and build momentum.

“Their sub has come on and had a moment of magic, the first goal is so important in these games and so it proved.

“The frustration is the players fought and ran, and the profiles of the players in the building are that they are good footballers, but ultimately a lack of quality cost us the game.

“The energy and intensity was there, it was a lack of quality that let us down.”