'We have to learn our lesson'

4th November 2018
First team

Daniel James believes the pain of defeat at Rotherham could turn into long-term gain for the Swans.

The Swans went down 2-1 at the New York Stadium as two late contentious late penalties saw Rotherham claim an unlikely victory.

James had set up Oli McBurnie in the first half for the Scot’s seventh goal of the campaign, with the Swans looking on course for a first away win since September 1.

But Ryan Manning made the Swans pay for failing to take their chances as the Millers sub struck twice from the penalty spot following alleged offences by Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Leroy Fer.

Despite the defeat, winger James – who continued his fine form with another eye-catching display – feels the Swans can benefit from the lessons of defeat in South Yorkshire.

“We were so disappointed because three points were there for the taking," he said.

“We played well in the first half and led deservedly. We created a lot of chances but we just didn’t take them.

“It’s a big learning curve for us, as was the Ipswich game.

“We needed to put the game to bed but we didn’t, and that came back to haunt us.

“We kept them in it because of our failure to kill off the game. There are always reasons for why you lose a game, and it’s something we must learn from.

“If we do that then it’s something that will benefit us going forward.”