Gary Monk says poor finishing was to blame after Swansea City were knocked out of the League Cup with a 1-0 third-round defeat at Hull City.
Midfielder David Meyler converted Hull’s only meaningful chance of the match, while Swansea – Eder and Wayne Routledge in particular – missed a host of chances.
Portugal forward Eder also saw his charge down hit the post, while Gylfi Sigurdsson was denied by a goal-line clearance from Curtis Davies.
“If you played that game 100 times you’d win 99,” Monk said.
“They scored with pretty much their only chance and we had so many chances it could have been a cricket score in the first half.
“We just didn’t take any of them and got hit with a classic sucker punch.
“We showed a lack of composure which was disappointing.”
The Tigers, meanwhile, welcomed back midfielder Jake Livermore, who avoided a ban for testing positive for cocaine last season after it was revealed he was struggling with the death of his newborn son.
Manager Steve Bruce, who handed Livermore a start after only a couple of training sessions, now hopes it will be the start of a happier chapter in the 25-year-old’s life.
“It was a big night for Jake for obvious reasons and I’m sure he appreciated the support he got from our fans,” said Bruce.
“He’s had the support of the club from the moment this happened and now he’s played his first game he can get back on with his career.
“He’s been through a tough time, a really tough time, and it’s important now he gets his career back on track.
“It’s out the way now, he’s played again and it was good to see him.
“He’ll be delighted to be doing what he likes best again, which is playing football.”