Swansea City captain Matt Grimes has insisted that his side will bounce back on Wednesday night, after yesterday’s 5-1 drubbing at West Brom in the Championship.
It was Steve Cooper’s biggest defeat as Swansea boss. The Baggies had a two-goal lead through Semi Ajayi and then Matheus Pereira, before Sam Surridge got his third of the season.
It’d only be a consolation though and West Brom were 3-1 up by half-time through Hal Robson-Kanu, with Matt Phillips and Kyle Edwards adding insult to injury in the second-half.
Swansea have now taken 14 points from their last 14 games in the Championship, and with the defeat at The Hawthorns yesterday drop well out of the top-six and into 11th.
Speaking to the Swansea City official club website about the defeat, Grimes said:
“I thought we created a lot in the first 20 minutes without them doing too much. But the goals then came from sloppy errors like playing short passes when we shouldn’t have.
“We need to manage the game a little bit better. Individual mistakes and lapses in concentration – myself included – cost us the game. When you have players of their quality, you will be punished.
“In this situation you can either sulk and hide or stick your chest out and go and win those games, which is exactly what we’ll look to do. We need to put this firmly behind us and go again on Wednesday.”
The defeat was Swansea’s sixth of the season but bizarrely it’s their first away from home – the other five defeats have all come at the Liberty Stadium.
Now without a win in five Championship matches, Swansea will host Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night.
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Rovers leapfrogged the Swans at the weekend after picking up their fourth-straight league win, and another win for Tony Mowbray’s side could see them into an unexpected play-off place.
Swansea are a far-cry from the team that started the season. They look to have lost all that early, newfound confidence that Cooper had instilled and that drubbing at West Brom yesterday sums up their decline.
The visit of Blackburn is bad timing for Cooper and Swansea but if they’re really capable of challenging for top-six this season, then they need to make a statement on Wednesday night.