Monk frustrated in defeat

12th September 2015

Garry Monk was left disappointed and frustrated after the Swans suffered their first defeat of the season at Watford.

The Swans were beaten 1-0 by the Hornets, courtesy of Odion Ighalo's second-half strike.

The Nigerian striker pounced on Troy Deeney's header across goal to fire home from eight yards on 59 minutes.

Watford were reduced to ten men shortly after taking the lead when Valon Behrami was sent off for a foul on Andre Ayew, but the Swans were unable to capitalise on their one-man advantage, much to the frustration of Monk.

"It was a poor afternoon for us," said the Swans boss. "We were nowhere near the performance levels required in this league, which is ultimately disappointing.

"We lost focus on what we're good at and were doing things that we don't normally do. 

"We were sluggish with the ball and didn't use it in right areas. We didn't perform as a team, which is really frustrating.

"The goal we conceded was poor, which summed up our afternoon.

"We've set a high standard here, so when we don't reach those standards it's disappointing.

"We wanted to continue the momentum we gained, but now we have to react well in our next game."

Meanwhile, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, on the other hand, was delighted with his side's first victory of the season.

"We are really happy with our first win," said the Spanish manager. "Against Swansea it can be very difficult because they are good with the ball.

"We created many chances in the first half but couldn't score. We scored in the second half then had chances to score more.

"It's a long season, but it's good to get our first three points."