Mike: We lacked fight

23rd February 2019
First team

Mike van der Hoorn felt Swansea City lacked fight and were too nice in their 3-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Swans had travelled in confident mood after booking their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup against Brentford in their previous game.

But they were well off the pace at Hillsborough, particularly during an opening half which concluded with them 3-0 down after an Adam Reach brace and Steven Fletcher's strike put the Owls in control.

Wayne Routledge pulled a goal back in an improved second-half display, but Graham Potter's men had given themselves far too big a mountain to climb.

And skipper Van der Hoorn was critical of the lack of battling edge in Swansea's play on a miserable afternoon.

“We have an idea of how to play but it is also about the fight and duels on the pitch. You need to want to have the ball and courage to beat your opponent," said the Dutchman.

“I feel we missed some balls and fighting spirit in today’s game and that we were below our level.

“We were too nice today and sometimes there needs to be a switch that we flick where we turn into a team that wants to completely dominate your opponent on the pitch.

“We did not show that and we lacked a ruthless edge today."