Mixture of emotions for Grimes

17th March 2019
First team

Goalscorer Matt Grimes revealed the Swans changing room was a mixture of emotions following the FA Cup defeat to Manchester City.

The Swans put in an incredible display to push the Premier League champions all the way in an exhilarating quarter-final clash that saw the hosts lead 2-0 at the break at the Liberty.

But Pep Guardiola’s side stormed back in the second half, with Bernardo Silva’s goal, a Sergio Aguero penalty and an 89th minute winner from the striker completing their comeback.

Grimes had opened the scoring from the penalty spot for the Swans after Connor Roberts had been felled by Fabian Delph, while Bersant Celina struck a sublime goal against his former club to double the lead.

And Grimes, who got off the mark this season with his spotkick, admitted the squad felt conflicting emotions after the final whistle.

“It’s great testament to the lads that we were 2-0 up against the Premier League champions,” said the midfielder. “But it’s very disappointing that we didn’t win the game.

“As a team, we are all extremely proud of our performance but obviously there is an element of disappointment as we feel we deserved more.

“We’re delighted with how we played and the game we gave them but ultimately we’re disappointed to lose.”