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Swansea City 1 v 2 Ipswich Town
EFL Championship
Saturday, 17th February 2024 Kick-off 15:00
Williams: Town Goals Were Unnecessary
Sunday, 18th Feb 2024 10:07

Swansea boss Luke Williams was left bemoaning “unnecessary” goals following his side’s 2-1 defeat to the Blues at the Stadium.

The loss leaves the 18th-placed Swans only four points away from the drop zone having lost six of their last seven in all competitions.

Williams felt there was little in the game against the Blues but was frustrated by the way his team conceded Town’s two goals, Nathan Broadhead and Conor Chaplin having found the net on 13 and 35 with the South Wales side having levelled via Jerry Yates in the 31st minute.

“I would say outside of Leicester, Leeds, Bournemouth, I think we’ve been in all the games,” Williams said afterwards. “And today I think we were more than a match.

“I think there’s almost nothing between the teams in terms of the numbers at the end of the game, but we’ve come off second best.

"There are some positives in there, I'm sure. I probably need 24 hours to start feeling any positives at the moment.

“But for sure, the players are completely committed. I think they showed that again today. The work-rate and the effort, I don't think we can question that.”

Regarding the goals, he added: “They're just unnecessary. “[Josh] Tymon gets bumped the wrong side, Ben Cabango kicks the floor a little bit. That just is a ridiculous way to concede a goal.

“And then a free-kick midway in the opposition's half. They played the ball square, no one steps forward to press, the backline, the distances are wrong between players and the backline.

“They kick one ball in the channel, no marking in the box for the cut-back. It's just unnecessary. We don’t need to concede a goal like that.”

He added: “We have to concentrate better. And [address] this thing about scoring and then being desperate to concede immediately because it’s too scary to be on level terms or something.

“We worked really hard to get back in the game after giving the goal away and then, OK, let’s stand in the middle of the pitch and cross our fingers. That’s not a tactic.

“So we have to improve that, we have to concentrate, we have to play every second of the game.

“I love the commitment of the players and I love working with them, they’re a good group, they’re a really good group.

“They’ve had a tough time and they have to learn to play every second of the game. Concentrate. Concentrate. Concentrate.”

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FarnboroBlue added 11:00 - Feb 18
errr, yeah - whatever

Swoody added 11:03 - Feb 18
All conceded goals are unnecessary just the same as scoring goals is necessary! Some managers do talk some tosh.

Churchman added 11:17 - Feb 18
Yawn. Why come out with this stuff? You lost. Deal with it.

LegendofthePhoenix added 11:18 - Feb 18
Just so glad we have KMcK who when he speaks, makes complete sense.

Bramidan added 11:24 - Feb 18
“They kick one ball in the channel” does he realise what an idiot he sounds?
I suggests he looks at the replay, a superb ball between the defensive line, a superb pick out and Chappers does what he does best.
I know managers want to try and lift their teams after a defeat but this drivel?

ButchersBrokenNose added 11:56 - Feb 18
I hope after 24 hours, he can reflect on how he has defined that we were better than his team and there was actually quite a lot in it.

"They played the ball square, no one steps forward to press, the backline, the distances are wrong between players and the backline." Yeah, that's the definition of a team that's static and uncoordinated. We'll beat that kind of team all day long.

trncbluearmy added 12:12 - Feb 18
The Chappers goal was a move we do time and time again his comments show up his incompetence and Super K's brilliance

Bazza8564 added 12:55 - Feb 18
To be fair i thought Swansea looked a slightly better side than their league position would indicate (miles better than Millwall) but we executed when it mattered most.
He's never going to say marvellous things about a defeat after all. I think they will recover ok but as we saw at Preston, it's all about making the most of the key moments.

SickParrot added 12:57 - Feb 18
I understand his frustration regarding "the numbers". According to the BBC, Swansea had 59% possession, the same number of attempts at goal (15) and more corners (9 to 6). However, we had 6 on target to their 3, so were more likely to win the game! Like most goals, the two we scored mught have been prevented with better defending but the same applies to the one Swansea scored, when our defenders didn't react to the first header. I think he's still looking for his first win as manager so he's under a lot of pressure but he should have been a bit more appreciative of our part in both goals.

MK1 added 13:37 - Feb 18
We deserved the win. Complete team performance. He is talking total waffle.

USA added 13:41 - Feb 18
Seems a bit out of his depth.

waldenblue7 added 13:52 - Feb 18
This fella’s speaking in riddles, seems out of his depth.

JimInGreensboro added 14:06 - Feb 18
Nothing new. Most losing managers haven't taken us seriously all season long. Good on 'em. Makes the next 3 points that much easier.

bournemouthblue added 14:09 - Feb 18
Swansea huffed and puffed but were really limited with balls into the box

We looked to have far more quality going forward and fashioned plenty of opportunities, if a thing we should have finished them off really

Swansea in the middle 3rd of the pitch were alright but they have a lot of work to do in the attacking and defensive thirds!

BLUEBEAT added 14:34 - Feb 18

johnwarksshorts added 14:34 - Feb 18
For a team that's languishing around bottom of league they don't half play a high line. I would have thought they'd be more defensive, but credit to them for trying to play football. Our second goal was a trademark town goal, so pleased to have Burgess back, that pass out of defence was sublime. Broadhead absolute star, has got his mojo back.

BobbyBell added 16:18 - Feb 18
What he should be saying is "We played a high defensive line against Leeds and we got stuffed but like an idiot I decided to do it again against Ipswich, they also broke the line easily and I should have seen that coming".
Do your job better mate. Burgess to Davis and cut back to Chaplin is typical Ipswich and you didn't set up to prevent it

Pique added 20:41 - Feb 18
This guy already sounds doomed.

shakytown added 00:13 - Feb 19
Whos worried about the sack then??????

bluesman added 00:17 - Feb 19
Weeell he’s saying his players are standing around in the middle of the pitch then praising their commitment in his next sentence. One of him is wrong.

Europablue added 08:02 - Feb 19
The fact that we were ahead changed the way we played. The conditions weren't great, so it really wasn't worth going for it at 2-1. Swansea looked decent, they just don't have the killer instinct. There was a time when we matched teams and came away almost every time on the wrong side of the result. These days it seems to be the other way around and that is what KM has achieved.

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