We can build from performance, says Curtis

20th December 2015

Alan Curtis felt a lack of cutting edge in the final third meant the Swans were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against West Ham.

The Swans drew 0-0 with the Hammers despite dominating proceedings under the floodlights of the Liberty Stadium.

The best chance of the game fell to Ki Sung-Yueng, whose powerful low strike at goal was denied only by the legs of West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.

The hosts then had a huge claim for a penalty in the second half when another effort from Ki struck the hand of James Collins, while a spectacular volley from Jack Cork was sensationally turned around the post by Adrian.

And Curtis felt that the Swans perhaps should have threatened more, considering their dominance, but felt they are on the right track to climbing up the Barclays Premier League table.

"In terms of possession, we were excellent," said the Swans caretaker manager. "We looked like a Swans team again. The last two performances have been great, but we've only taken one point.

"We bossed the game in terms of possession and territory, but I think we lacked that killer edge up front.

"We showed an abundance of character and bravery on the ball, but we probably didn't threaten as much as we should have done, considering the possession we had.

"We maybe overcomplicated things a little bit by playing too many passes sideways and backwards instead of forward, but it's certainly something to work from.

"We've shown we can pass the ball and deserved to win the game. When we get out of trouble, it will be because we've played our way.

Curtis also felt the Swans were denied a penalty when the ball struck Collins' hand in the second half and bemoaned his side's run of misfortune.

"Sometimes we just need a stroke of luck too, like a deflection or a penalty decision to go our way," he added. "I wasn't sure at the time, but when you see it on the screen, it looks like a penalty."

Meanwhile, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was pleased to take a point back to East London and praised his side for their defensive display.

"I am happy with the point," admitted Bilic. "It was a good team performance. 

"We were very resilient and stubborn in a positive way. We defended really well and I think we deserved the point."