O'Leary: We need to take chances

20th January 2014

Kristian O'Leary believes his side were made to pay for a slow start and missed chances after they were beaten 1-3 by rivals Cardiff City at the Liberty Stadium.

The visitors found themselves three up before half-time, courtesy of a brace from Rhys Healey and an own goal by Swans skipper Scott Tancock.

But despite the disappointing first period, the Swans responded well in the second-half and were rewarded for their efforts when Rory Donnelly struck home with just over ten minutes left on the clock.

In truth, the young Swans had further opportunities to score but suffered for not taking the opportunities that came their way.

"The response was a little bit too late," said O'Leary. "After the first half, we were 3-0 down and gifted their team two goals which was very disappointing. 

"It's been a little bit like that when we've played them in the past - not taking our opportunities.

"When you're 3-0 down and have a chance just before half time, we have to stick those away.

"And again, in the second-half before we score, we go one-on-one with the keeper, but the keeper makes the save again. 

"These are the chances you have to put away, especially if you're gifting teams goals like we did.

"But let's not shy away from the fact that in the first-half we weren't good enough, we weren't on the front foot and we let them play around us.

"In the second-half I asked them to come out and show a bit of character, get closer to them and we adjusted things slightly. They did that. 

"We won the ball where we needed to. We didn't allow them to keep the ball, which we did in the first half. In the first half, we stood off them and let them play. You can't afford to do that to teams.

"The disappointing element of the second-half is that we didn't go on and push and get those goals when the opportunities arrived."