Monk criticises ‘poor’ Swansea after defeat

Date published: Monday 14th September 2015 12:16

Garry Monk Swansea

Garry Monk lamented a “poor” performance from his Swansea side after they lost 1-0 to Watford on Saturday.

The Welsh side beat Manchester United 2-1 last time out before the international break, but were undone by a stubborn Watford side at Vicarage Road, with Odion Ighalo’s goal proving the difference.

It represents the Swans’ first defeat of the season, and Monk, speaking to Sky Sports, was critical of his side’s performance.

“We were poor and we got what we deserved. We lacked focus on the stuff we are usually good at as a team, in how we play.

“We just weren’t at that today and unfortunately we didn’t perform in the way wanted. We didn’t do any of the things we know we’re good at, and that’s disappointing.

“We wanted to carry on the momentum we built from the opening games but it wasn’t to be. The goal was a poor one to concede and it said it all.

“But we’ve said that if we can’t play well then we at least need to make sure we don’t concede.”

However, the manager insisted that his side should have had a late penalty for a foul on striker Bafetimbi Gomis, adding that the decision to send off Valon Behrami for the hosts was the correct one.

“Obviously the sending-off changes the game. It was a dangerous tackle and a sending-off, and we hoped it would improve us but we had few chances.

“I think we should have had a penalty that wasn’t given, but that’s not why we lost the game.”

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