Monk: Errors cost us

16th February 2014

Garry Monk felt individual errors cost his side after they were beaten 3-1 by Everton in the fifth-round of the FA Cup.

Second-half strikes from Steven Naismith and Leighton Baines earned the hosts their victory after Jonathan de Guzman cancelled out Everton's early lead through debutant Lacina Traore.

The Ivory Coast striker put Roberto Martinez's side in front just five minutes into proceedings when he cleverly flicked home from six yards after good work from Sylvain Distin inside the area.

But de Guzman put the visitors back on terms just minutes later when he headed home from Neil Taylor's fantastic delivery across the six-yard box.

However, Everton restored their advantage in the 65th minute when substitute Naismith latched on to Taylor's misplaced back pass before rolling the ball past Gerhard Tremmel.

Martinez's men rounded off their victory just eight minutes later when Baines converted from the spot, following Richards' foul on Naismith inside the area.

Speaking after the game, Monk felt individual mistakes proved costly in a tight ecounter at Goodison Park.

"We were well in the game," said the Swans head coach. "We finished the first half positively after going a goal down. 

"Unfortunately, we made a couple of mistakes, which is frustrating. But they were honest mistakes, and I can accept them. The players are their own biggest critics, and they don't need to be told. 

"The first goal was a set-piece and we didn't deal with the second ball. We reacted well and if you look at the first-half, we had two or three really good chances. If they go in, it could be a different game.

"Neil then makes his mistake and Jazz then brings Naismith down for a penalty. But apart from them, we were well in the game. 

"They weren't cutting us open and having shot after shot. It was just individual mistakes."

For this afternoon's cup tie, Monk made a total of eight changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Stoke on Wednesday. 

The Swans face a busy period of fixtures coming up, including Europa League ties against Napoli, and Monk insists he will be using his entire squad to cope with the demands.

"When you have seven games in 21 days, it's impossible to play the same team every game. 

"Everyone will play during this certain period, and all of the players have been magnificent in training. I put a team out that I thought could win the game. 

"It's a squad game. With Europe, you have to have that rotation. I wont rotate for the sake of rotating. Until we conceded the second, you wouldn't have believed we made eight changes."

Meanwhile, Everton boss Martinez was pleased with his side's victory while crediting the Swans for their performance.

"I am very satisfied," said Martinez. "It was a good game of football. Swansea had many changes with fresh legs, players with points to prove, which helped them. 

"We were a little bit cagey in possession in the first-half. But during the second-half we were much better and created a lot of opportunities.

"You have to credit Swansea and Garry Monk for the bravery in the way they played the game, allowing it to be very open.

"Overall, it was a tricky tie but we did enough to go through."