Swansea City came close to providing a real upset in the FA Cup yesterday, taking a remarkable 2-0 lead at the Liberty Stadium against Premier League leaders Manchester City.
They led through a Matt Grimes penalty and a stunning strike from Bersant Celina. He showed incredible fortitude to come back from his own penalty horror in midweek to turn in a solid performance.
The visitors asserted their dominance though with three second half goals, including an 88th minute winner from Sergio Aguero that was proven to be marginally offside.
Despite the defeat, Swansea did themselves proud and winger Wayne Routledge paid tribute to his teammates on social media after the game.
34-year-old Routledge played the full 90 minutes and said: “Just very proud of everyone and everything about Swansea tonight. The potential, effort and ideas are there, just takes time!”
There was certainly plenty for their fans to relish in the committed display, and perhaps plenty to lament as well. Had VAR been used, as it was in two of the other quarter final matches, then they could have earned at least a draw.
That was not lost on the Swans fans who replied to Routledge, with a mix of pride and disgust found amongst their comments.
Robbed by poor decisions by officials today mush deserved more from the game #Swans ????⚽️
— Martyn James (@MartynJames8) March 16, 2019
You were all immense and deserved better than those dodgy decisions. Proud of you all ????
— Sarah Butler (@Liberty_Butler) March 16, 2019
Been playing class lately mush ???????? abso gutted #robbed
— Elliott James (@ElliottJamess) March 16, 2019
Tough result, but can’t doubt the quality showed today.
— Chris Ober (@TopherOber) March 16, 2019
Absolutely! Very proud Swans fan tonight. Didn't deserve to lose that but shows what potential we have if the owners will just do what is necessary!
— Andrea Matthews (@AndreaM86374552) March 16, 2019
All of you outstanding today, deserved so much more
— Josh Phillips (@1JoshPhillips) March 17, 2019
Wayne amazing performance today!!!
I have been proud of all of you this season for the desire and pride that you have all shown in wearing that badge on your chest.
It's the effort that I can see coming from all of you that has made me proud to be a Jack!!!
— John Lloyd (@Rubbers673032) March 16, 2019
Have to let the potential develop ???? completely proud that we went toe to toe with one of the world’s most expensive team. We will come back
— Rich Amos (@richieRRA) March 16, 2019