Tremmel proud with cup performance
28th October 2014
Gerhard Tremmel insists the Swans can feel proud of their Capital One Cup adventure despite a last-gasp defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.
Garry Monk's side looked on course to repeat their 2012 heroics in which they beat Liverpool in the fourth-round stage before going on to win the competition.
A perfectly-hit volley from Marvin Emnes had handed the Swans a 66th-minute lead - and advantage they held until four minutes remaining of normal time.
But sub Mario Balotelli's volley put the hosts on level terms before the Swans were reduced to ten men following Federico Fernandez's dismissal for a challenge on Philippe Coutinho.
And the grandstand finish was completed for Liverpool by defender Dejan Lovren as the former Southampton defender headed home Coutinho's last-gasp free-kick to send the home side through.
But Tremmel remained positive on a night where the Swans were left stunned by the dramatic finale.
"When you are 1-0 up and so close to the finishing line but then concede twice and get a red card within ten minutes is very disappointing," said the German keeper.
"We were close but they controlled us in the first half. We did much better in the second half, and we had our chances.
"There were some big decisions that went against us and that shifted the momentum. It was what they needed.
"You can't expect to hold onto a 1-0 lead - you have to go and get a second and kill the game off. That was the key today.
"We are disappointed but we can also be proud of our performance. We stood up to them and gave everything we had. Unfortunately it wasn't enough tonight."