Stoke City traveled to the Liberty Stadium on Monday and performed the smash-and-grab of all smash-and-grabs — Bojan Krkic scored a 4th-minute penalty and the Potters held on for 86 minutes to win 1-0 — which left Swansea City manager Garry Monk feeling more than a little frustrated.
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In Monk’s estimation (post-game television interview — above video), Swansea “didn’t deserve to lose” to a Stoke side that sat “very, very deep” and “countered most of the game.” In reality, Swansea deserved to lose to a Stoke side that scored one more goal and conceded one fewer goal than Monk’s men.
Monk, on what his team “deserved” — or didn’t deserve — against Stoke:
“Tonight, it was an even game to be honest with you. We didn’t deserve to lose the game, but unfortunately they got that first goal, and then they held onto it. … But we’ve got a good group of players, they’ll work hard, we’ll stick together and make sure we come through this little period and come back strong.”
“We knew they would come and counter most of the game. We prepared for that. The difficulty is, then, making sure you don’t give away that first goal. We made too many mistakes from our possession in the first half, and obviously the mistake for the goal. Once they got that goal, it was clear they were going to defend very, very deep, which made it very difficult for us at that point.”