Swansea City suffered injury-time heartache against Fulham on Wednesday night as Steve Cooper’s side fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat following Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late header.
The Swans had looked good value for a point after a strong defensive showing which had also seen Freddie Woodman keep out Mitrovic’s 88th-minute penalty, but the Welsh side could not stop Fulham’s prolific frontman from nodding it home at the death.
Cooper’s side struggled to assert themselves in the opening period at Craven Cottage, but the visitors played much more expressive football after the break and they also saw two strong penalty appeals turned down by the referee in the second half.
This left Swansea feeling aggrieved at the final whistle as they left south-west London empty-handed following a valiant display, with there having been visible anger and frustration among the Swansea players as they exited the pitch at full-time.
Swansea midfielder George Byers did not feature in the match as he continues his recovery from his season-ending ankle injury, but the 23-year-old took to Twitter to say he was “honestly gutted” with the result, while he also labelled it a “shambles”.
Honestly gutted for the boys man!! Shambles 🤬
— George Byers (@G_byers) February 26, 2020
Byers was a regular feature in Swansea’s midfield this term prior to the injury he suffered against Derby earlier this month, with the former Watford man having now missed the club’s last four matches as he targets a return in pre-season.
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Swansea have every right to feel frustrated with last night’s result as a result of the controversial officiating that saw them denied two penalties, while the penalty Fulham were awarded was certainly harsh on Connor Roberts who committed the foul.
Byers’ reaction would have certainly been shared by Swansea’s fans and players alike following the events at Craven Cottage, but the Welsh side must now ensure this does not affect them moving forward as they aim to get their play-off push back on track.
Cooper must encourage his side to use their frustrations as fuel to help them seal a positive result against Blackburn over the weekend, particularly seeing as this is now such an important game if Swansea are to launch a serious play-off bid.