Mistakes proved costly, admits Tayls

16th February 2014

Neil Taylor admitted the Swans paid the price for two costly mistakes as they exited the FA Cup at the hands of Everton.

Roberto Martinez's side had taken an early lead through new signing Lacina Traore, but Jonathan de Guzman equalised in the 15th minute to ensure the game was all level going into the break.

But after the restart, Taylor's back-pass to Gerhard Tremmel was intercepted by substitute Steven Naismith, and the Scottish international slotted home to edge the Toffees ahead.

Then Naismith earned Everton a penalty after he had been tripped by Jazz Richards, with Leighton Baines finding the corner of the net.

It ended the Swans' hopes in the competition, though they will have taken a number of positives from a game which saw them make eight changes.

And Taylor insists the turning point of the game came via Naismith's intervention in the 65th minute.

"I thought we played well today and the game was very tight until, I have to say, my mistake," said the Wales international, who was stand-in skipper for the game.

"I must hold my hand up and say it was my error that was the turning point of the game. If I was playing in a different team then maybe that doesn't happen because I'd boot the ball into touch.

"But that's not the way we play here. We like to keep the ball as much as possible, but every once in a while something like that will happen and you have to accept that.

"We have our own style, and it's one that has been a massive reason behind the club's success."

He added: "It was frustrating because I thought we created chances and could have gone on and won the match.

"But they took full advantage of that error and we were fighting to get back into the game.

"I felt for Jazz because I thought he had an excellent game. It's not easy to go into a game of that intensity when you haven't played for a while, but he stood up to the challenge and slotted in very well.

"But Naismith did well again in that situation - you have to give credit to that.

"It means we are out of the competition, but I thought big periods of our play was very good and the guys that came in gave a good account of themselves."

Attention now turns to Thursday's Europa League last 32 first leg tie with Napoli at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans will be looking to take a lead into the second leg, which takes place a week later in Naples.

And Taylor insists the Swans are determined to bounce back from their FA Cup exit.

"It's a massive match for us on Thursday," he added. "We've gained a lot from playing in the Europa League - it's been a great experience for us as a group.

"And we really want to keep flying the flag in this competition. We're out of the FA Cup and want to progress in the Europa League and improve on our position and points tally in the Premier League.

"We know that a good result against Napoli will give us some momentum going into the next league match at Liverpool."