Monk: We must show fight
15th March 2014
Garry Monk believes his side need to show they can fight for survival after they were beaten 2-1 by West Brom at the Liberty.
Despite the Swans getting off to a great start through Roland Lamah's second minute opener, goals in the second period from Stephane Sessegnon and Youssouf Mulumbu enabled the visitors to steal a crucial win in the Barclays Premier League.
The Swans started off brightly as Roland Lamah's superb finish from an acute angle put them in front early on.
Monk's side then had chances to increase their lead before the break, only to see them go begging.
And after a slow start to the second period, West Brom found a way back into the game when Sessegnon found some space on the edge area before rifling a low effort past Michel Vorm.
With five minutes left on the clock, the hammer-blow moment came when Mulumbu scored the winner with a well-placed effort beyond the reach of Vorm.
The defeat leaves the Swans sitting in 14th place in the Premier League, only three points clear of the drop zone, and Monk believes his side will have to fight for their lives from now until the end of the season.
"It was very contrasting halves," admitted the Swans boss. "We played really well first-half, but we were really poor in the second.
"In the second-half, we came out very sloppy - our passing and touches were poor, and we invited them on to us.
"Unfortunately, the second goal in these games is always crucial. They got it and it gave them the impetus going forward.
"You could see that West Brom were scrapping for their lives. Our side will have to match that will to win every match now.
"Before any tactics or anything else, how much you want to win is the key.
"We have it in us. It's a wake up call today. Just because we play well and dominate, you can't expect to win. You have to earn that right."
And after a good first-half by the Swans, Monk felt his side paid the price for not finishing their opponents off.
"You never have it won at half-time, but we should have had a couple more," added Monk. "We didn't take our chances unfortunately.
"In the first-half, we played pretty much exactly how we wanted. We were getting crosses in and causing problems.
"Roland Lamah was a pest down the left, getting balls into the box as well as grabbing a goal for himself.
"If you have them on ropes, but don't knock them out, you are always open to them getting back into the match - and that was exactly what happened.
Meanwhile, West Brom manager Pepe Mel was pleased with his side's victory but insisted the focus must be on the next game in their battle for Premier League survival.
"I'm pleased for the fans and players," said Mel. "We needed to win, and in football confidence is everything.
"We spoke about the problems at half-time and what we needed to change and improve.
"The second ball was always going Swansea's way, which was a problem for us, and it was important we scored the goal early on in the second-half.
"The important thing now is for us to just focus on the next game."