Monk left disappointed and frustrated

5th December 2015

Garry Monk was left disappointed and frustrated after watching his side suffer a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City at the Liberty Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez scored a hat-trick to condemn the Swans to a disappointing afternoon under the lights in South Wales.

The Swans faced an uphill task from the fifth minute when Mahrez bundled home the opener, before adding to his tally with a cool finish past Lukasz Fabianski on 22 minutes, despite replays showing the wide man to be offside.

Mahrez then rounded off Leicester's victory with a low finish in the second half, while the Swans twice hit the woodwork through efforts from Ki Sung-Yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

And following the full-time whistle, Monk admitted his side "weren't good enough".

"It was very bleak in the first half," said Monk. "I could sit here and debate the goals, but thats not the point. It was very frustrating. We were extremely poor and the results are not acceptable.

"The club and the fans deserve better. You feel you're getting somewhere and then you take a step backwards. We're sorry for the fans because its not acceptable.

"After the first goal, we played like it was the last five minutes of the game. We knew they would counter-attack at pace, but we didn't stick to the game plan and we started to make more mistakes.

"The second half was better - we created chances - but the game was pretty much out of reach by that point.

"We've had periods of good play in this disappointing run that we are in. We felt we were getting somewhere after last week's performance after Liverpool, but then that happened.

"It's a difficult moment for the club. We need to realise this is a serious situation. 

"We are more than capable of coming through it, but you have to look inside yourself and work harder than ever before."

Meanwhile, Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri was delighted his side's "team performance".

"I'm so pleased with our performance," said Ranieri. "I was so worried about Swansea because they wanted to react today.

"The played very quick football, but we made a very good performance and were able to score three very good goals.

"We played like a team - everyone helped each other."