Mike seeks killer instinct

4th November 2018
First team

Mike van der Hoorn feels Swansea City need to find a killer instinct in front of goal order to get their rewards in the Championship.

Graham Potter’s side went down 2-1 at Rotherham United on Saturday despite being in control for the vast majority of the game.

Oli McBurnie had given the Swans a 25th-minute lead after he tapped home Daniel James’ pinpoint cross.

The Swans had chances before and after the break to extend their lead, and they were punished for not doing so by two controversial penalty decisions in the last 11 minutes.

Referee Tony Harrington pointed to the spot after he felt Kristoffer Nordfeldt had fouled sub Jamie Proctor before awarding another spot-kick for a handball against captain Leroy Fer.

Sub Ryan Manning converted both to give the Millers an unlikely victory at the New York Stadium and break the visitors’ hearts.

And while he was disappointed with the penalty decisions, van der Hoorn feels Potter’s side must be more ruthless in front of goal.

“I didn’t feel the penalties should have been given,” said the Dutch centre-back.

“I thought the first one was called for offside. I went to take the free-kick but the referee was pointing at the penalty spot. I couldn’t believe it.

“The second one, in my opinion, was harsh. Leroy has not gone to stop the ball from going in the net.

“Kristoffer and Leroy were gutted after the game, but I don’t think it was their fault.

“But we have to score goals to kill the game. We had chances. If we are 2-0 or 3-0 up then the game is in our hands.

“We blame ourselves because three points were there for us and we left with nothing.”