Too little, too late, says van der Hoorn
22nd September 2016
Mike van der Hoorn conceded the Swans' final flourish was too little, too late as they were beaten in the EFL Cup by holders Manchester City.
The game was goal-less at the break, but the visitors were in front four minutes after the restart as Gael Clichy's effort deflected off Neil Taylor and left keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt wrongfooted.
Pep Guardiola's side, who have won all nine games this season, doubled their lead through Aleix Garcia, who sidefooted home Jesus Navas' cross.
But the Swans - who again host City at the Liberty on Saturday in the Premier League - hit back in added-on time, with sub Gylfi Sigurdsson guiding Modou Barrow's cross past Willy Caballero.
Francesco Guidolin's side made a late charge for an equaliser, but the visitors held strong to book a tie with rivals Manchester United in the next round.
And van der Hoorn, making his second appearance since his summer switch from Ajax, felt the Swans' effort came just too late.
"We started a little nervously, but we gained more confidence after Borja went close to scoring," said the Dutch centre-back.
"We did well in the first half, but it became more difficult when they scored the first goal - it was a bad time to concede.
"It was a dramatic finish. If we had scored a little earlier, it would have given us more time to get an equaliser. It was not enough in the end, though.
"We have to learn from this. We know how they play, and they know how we play.
"It's a new game on Saturday, and we hope for a better result."