Monk disappointed in level of performance

7th December

Garry Monk was left disappointed with his side's level of performance as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at West Ham United.

Despite Wilfried Bony's 19th-minute opener, the Swans failed to build on their lead as Andy Carroll nodded home the equaliser late on in the first half before heading his second just after the hour-mark.

After Lukasz Fabianski was sent off for a foul on Diafra Sakho with just over 20 minutes left on the clock, the Senegalese striker scored West Ham's third to seal all three points for the Hammers.

And, for the first time this season, Monk felt his side didn't play well enough to warrant taking anything from the game.

"We didn't reach the levels that we have been playing at this season, especially with the ball," said the Swans boss. 

"We didn't make enough correct decisions on the ball and the defending for some of the goals were gifts on a plate.

"Andy Carroll's first goal was a good header, but the second goal we were man-marking in the box and he lost his man and managed to get a free header, which is unacceptable. Then the third one was poor defending from us.

"Our best spell was probably when we went down to ten men, but it shouldn't take a situation like that for us to play our best football. 

"We've been performing very well this season, and this was the first time I've had to say that we didn't reach the levels that we have been playing at.

"We had our chances, in particular the one when Bony hit the bar, but I have no complaints with the result." 

Meanwhile, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was delighted with his side's performance and hopes the Hammers can maintain their good form.

"We deserved to win today, playing some really good attacking football," said Allardyce. "We showed tremendous character to come back from a goal down.

"I hope we can stay as consistent as we have been. Three wins in eight days hasn't been matched by anyone else. We're third in the league, and we have to try and maintain it."