Alan Curtis expressed his frustration as Swansea battled gamely at Bournemouth before ultimately leaving with nothing after a 3-2 defeat at Dean Court.
The Swans had twice hauled themselves level on the south cost through goals by Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Steve Cook’s 78th-minute header ensured it was the Cherries who claimed all three points.
Curtis once again stood in for head coach Francesco Guidolin, who is still recovering from a lung infection but is expected back for next weekend’s visit of Aston Villa.
“It’s really disappointing,” said Curtis. “We clawed ourselves back into the game twice but individual errors have cost us the game. People switched off.
“It was two teams who wanted to play on the floor and I didn’t think anyone was in the ascendancy, it changed back and forth and at 2-2 I thought possibly we were the team most likely to win, so it’s frustrating.
“We’ve slipped up a bit today, if we had got a result it would have made it much easier, but now we have to work doubly hard until the end of the season.
“I would think Bournemouth are safe. I’d love to have 38 points, put it that way. We’ve just made Aston Villa next week a must, must-win game.”