Swans still upbeat despite loss, says Cork
25th February 2017
Jack Cork insists Swansea City are in upbeat mood ahead of a crucial spell in their season despite defeat at Chelsea.
Paul Clement's men were beaten 3-1 by the Premier League leaders, with goals from Pedro and Diego Costa in the final 18 minutes securing the points for Chelsea.
But the Swans, who had gone in level at the break after Fernando Llorente cancelled out Cesc Fabregas's opener, emerged with heads held high after giving the Blues a run for their money.
And ahead of a potentially pivotal month which sees the Swans face Burnley, Hull, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough, Cork says Clement's players are full of belief.
"We have had a great start under the gaffer and we should not lose confidence from a defeat at Chelsea," the Swans skipper said.
"We have got to keep things going. We shouldn't lose any confidence or belief.
"We have done really well against the teams around us in the table and we need to keep that going now because we have got four important games coming up against teams we are competing with."
The Swans remain outside the relegation zone despite the Chelsea reverse.
Though Antonio Conte's men controlled long spells of the contest, Clement's men defended resolutely and looked capable of landing a point for much of the second half.
And the Swans were convinced they should have been given a penalty when the score was 1-1 after Cesar Azpilicueta appeared to handle.
"We put in a real big effort, we were all tired in the dressing room afterwards," Cork added.
"We dug in and kept a good shape. We are disappointed because we feel like we could have had a penalty.
"It looked like a penalty and, if we had gone 2-1 up, it would have been a completely different match.
"They had a lot of the ball so in a way we can't have many complaints, but we feel like we could have got something.
"We knew it would be a tough game. It was a bit like Manchester City and Liverpool - they were tough games where we didn't have a lot of the ball.
"This was similar. But we made a game of it and it's just unfortunate the way things went in the end."
Cork saluted Llorente, whose fine header made him the Swans' nine-goal joint-top scorer with Gylfi Sigurdsson.
"Fernando is a handful up front," the midfielder said. "He gives us something different. He can hold the ball up and flick it on.
"It was a great ball from Gylfi for the goal and an even better header."