Monk takes positives out of Swans defeat but laments errors

Date published: Saturday 31st October 2015 6:52

Garry Monk: Left frustrated by defeat to Norwich

Garry Monk: Left frustrated by defeat to Norwich

Garry Monk insists there are positives to take out of Swansea’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal but says individual errors cost his side.

Bafitimbi Gomis should have ensured the Swans went into half-time in front, but squandered two good opportunities, before second-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell saw Arsenal ruthlessly secure all three points.

There were appeals goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was fouled in the build up to Koscielny’s goal, and Monk also saw a first-half penalty shout for a possible Per Mertesacker hand ball turned down, but Swansea have now won only one of their last seven games and slipped one place to 13th on the back of this defeat.

“It’s disappointing and we feel hard done by because there were a lot of positives,” Monk said after a fourth home game without success.

“In the first half especially we were the better team, playing good football and creating good chances.

“But the first two goals are disappointing and the mistakes we made you can’t do against anybody, let alone a side with the quality of Arsenal.”

Monk insisted Swansea were hard done by both on the Koscielny goal and the Mertesacker handball incident.

“I’ve seen fouls given pretty much every time when Fabianski comes, but the referee decided it wasn’t and perhaps Fab could have punched it.

“I’ve played in many games where whenever the keeper is touched a foul is given, but I don’t expect things to go for us.

“I also knew it was handball at the time but I couldn’t tell if it was intentional. But it clearly is, he moves his hand towards the ball to stop it.

“So I feel for the players because we were much better, much more like ourselves.”

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