Mistakes proved costly, says Curtis

12th March

Alan Curtis felt individual mistakes proved costly as the Swans suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat at Bournemouth.

In what was a five-goal thriller at the Vitality Stadium, Steve Cook's 78th-minute header proved the difference between the two sides.

Max Gradel opened the scoring for the Cherries in the 37th minute, before Modou Barrow scored his first Barclays Premier League goal with a superb solo effort two minutes later.

Joshua King restored the home side's lead shortly after the break, while Gylfi Sigurdsson scored his ninth of the season to put the Swans level again.

But with just over ten minutes left on the clock, Bournemouth defender Cook rose high inside the box to head home the winner.

"It's disappointing," admitted Curtis. "We clawed ourselves back twice, but individual errors cost us.

"We've been working on defending set-pieces, but they are still a bit of an achilles heel for us. But today it was more about individual mistakes and players switching off.

"Overall, I felt it was two teams trying to play the game on the floor, and I don't think either side had the ascendancy. The game was going back and forth.

"At 2-2, I thought we might be able to go on and win it, but we conceded again, which was really frustrating.

"We've slipped up a little bit - a positive result today would have made it much easier for ourselves. It just means we need to work doubly hard between now and the end of the season."

Curtis, however, reserved praise for Barrow, who enjoyed a milestone moment when he struck home his first league goal for the club.

"I thought Mo (Barrow) was excellent today," added Curtis. "He has made a huge impact from the bench recently and was due a start. He gave us an edge and a real threat going forward."

Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was delighted with his side's performance as they moved another step closer to Premier League safety, thanks to three points this afternoon.

"Both wingers played really well and our two strikers were a real handful, complimented by our midfield display," said Howe.

"I have a lot of respect for Swansea and the character they have. I love their philosophy and their way of playing. They came back from two goals down against us earlier this season.

"At 2-2 the game could've swung either way, but credit to our lads who pushed on for the win."