Monk rues missed chances

22nd September 2015

Garry Monk insisted his side were made to rue missed chances after they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Hull City in the Capital One Cup.

Monk's men created a host of goal-scoring opportunities during an action-packed first half but were made to pay for not taking any of them when David Meyler scored the elusive opener five minutes before half-time.

The Swans dominated possession and territory in the second half but struggled to create the same kind of openings with Hull sitting deep.

And speaking after the 90 minutes, Monk felt that his side's lack of composure in front of goal meant they weren't able to secure the result that their performance deserved.

"If we played that game ten times, we would have won nine of them," said the Swans boss.

"We had so many chances in the first half that it could have been a cricket score.

"It was the classic situation where you leave yourself open to that sucker punch.

"We played some excellent football and carved them open at will but couldn't take the chances that our football deserved.

"We should have been clearly in front, but our finishing lacked a little bit of composure and then they got the goal from one of their only attacks.

"They dropped deep in the second half, and we didn't quite reach the levels that we reached in the first half and couldn't break them down.

"I wanted to make a tactical change in the second half but wasn't able to because Franck (Tabanou) had to come off due to cramp. We wanted to get Jeff (Montero) on to give us that width and stretch them.

"It didn't go for us tonight, but we've proven what a good a ttacking team we are. We've created chances, but we just need to finish them off."