Swansea City angry after Everton draw
19th November 2016
Bob Bradley admitted there was anger in the Swansea City dressing room after his side were denied a priceless away victory by a last-gasp Everton equaliser.
But even on the day that his team slipped to the bottom of the Premier League, the Swans boss insisted there were positive signs in a much-improved performance.
Seamus Coleman's 89th-minute header made it 1-1 and left Bradley still waiting for a first Swans win.
The Swans had led since Gylfi Sigurdsson's 41st-minute penalty, and had stifled Everton throughout the second half until Coleman nodded home.
And Bradley said: "We have a bunch of guys who are angry and disappointed, and that's how you should be when you lose out on a win like that.
"But we will also be able to find some positive things in there, and the work to turn things round will continue. There's no other way.
"For me this was encouraging, but at the same time you have to know how to see games out.
"We didn't do enough to clear the ball and when you let it stay around in the box, you are usually going to end up paying the price."
This was one of the Swans' most encouraging performances of the season, with Bradley's men having plenty of possession in the first half and then keeping Everton at bay until just before the final whistle.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jordi Amat both had early sights of goal, while Everton threatened in the first half through Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and Yannick Bolasie.
But it was the Swans who were rewarded for their positive play on the ball when they took the lead five minutes before the break.
Mo Barrow fed Sigurdsson in the box, and he beat Phil Jagielka before the Everton skipper brought him down.
The Icelander picked himself up to sweep home the penalty, and the Swans looked like defending their lead as the hosts grew increasingly frustrated in the second half.
Sigurdsson almost sealed the win four minutes from time but his shot was saved by Maarten Stekelenburg.
And victory was snatched from the Swans' grasp when Amat's header looped towards Coleman and he headed beyond Lukasz Fabianski.
"There are some positives, but after 12 matches of the season and when you put yourselves in the position we are in, there's got to be a clear understanding that the road ahead is going to be a hard one and a long one," Bradley added.
"But it's one we can handle. You don't restore belief in one week. You have got to follow one good half with another, one good performance with another.
"There's still belief in our dressing room. There are still players coming into training every week knowing that we can do it if we go about things the right way."
The Swans, who have slipped to the bottom of the table after Sunderland's win over Hull, take on Crystal Palace next weekend.
When it was suggested that game could be called must-win, Bradley said: "I think it's fair if you describe every game as must-win right now.
"That's the spot we are in. We have played 12 games and look at the spot we are in.
"I am new in the Premier League, but I have been in situations before where things have not come easy.
"We have to make sure we have the courage to keep going, and not focus on what's getting written or what's out there.
"We just have to concentrate on what we can control and keep going together."