Curtis: Swansea FA Cup defeat ‘hugely disappointing’

Date published: Sunday 10th January 2016 4:53

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Swansea manager Alan Curtis says crashing out of the FA Cup is “hugely disappointing”, after a 3-2 loss to Oxford United in the third round. 

Swansea began the tie positively when winger Jefferson Montero put them into the lead with a stunning strike, but two goals from Oxford forward Kemar Roofe stunned the Premier League side and turned the game around.

Swans boss Curtis made 10 changes to his side for what was his first match in charge since being named manager until the end of the season, but his decision backfired spectacularly.

League Two side Oxford held on to claim an historic 3-2 victory, and Curtis admits that his side were second best and didn’t deserve to progress to the next round.

“It’s hugely disappointing,” said Curtis.

“All credit to Oxford, they were more energetic than us and passed the ball better.

“We made changes but we still had lots of experience, but Oxford thoroughly deserved to beat us.”

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey went over to the travelling Swansea fans after the match, but one or two supporters apparently gave him a rather blunt assessment of his performance.

“I saw him go over but I thought everything was okay,” added Curtis.

“But there is a suggestion that some of the crowd were having a go at him, but I didn’t see that.”

Oxford manager Mike Appleton praised the “magnificent” performance of his players after the shock victory.

Appleton said: “I thought the performance was magnificent. To beat a Premier League team on your own patch is one thing, but the way we did it, the way we passed the ball and the chances we created at times was great.

“We had to dig deep when it was 3-2 but we showed a lot of composure in defence.

“We knew if we stuck to what we do best that we’d get opportunities. We pressed as high as we could and I think it unsettled them at times.”

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