Crystal Palace 0 Swansea 2 - Manager Reactions
Sunday, 27th Aug 2017 08:00 by Planet Swans (follow us on Twitter @swansnews)
The Swans secured a first league win of the season at Selhurst Park yesterday as Palace slumped to a third successive defeat in a game that Frank De Boer had described as 'must win' but what were the managers thinking after the game?
Goals either side of the interval for Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew proved to be the difference between the two teams as we went into the international break on the back of the win that gave us four points from the opening nine, a more than acceptable return.
“I’m particularly happy with the result,” declared Clement. “It was an important game considering we drew the first at Southampton and didn’t create much against Man United.
“It’s always difficult away from home, so it’s a good victory. Four points from the first three games and a win in the EFL Cup is a pretty reasonable start, so I’m happy.
Despite the result, I’m not so happy with the performance. In the first-half we were better, but in the second-half we had to defend too much.
“Palace put a lot of long balls into our box and although we kept a clean sheet, there were a few nervous moments. I was also a bit disappointed with what we did with the ball in the second half, so there is still plenty to work on.’’
FRANK DE BOER
“You go into every game trying to win and get points, but this is disappointing for everyone who loves Crystal Palace. We want to get off the mark and get some goals and points on the table and we didn’t achieve that.
“In the first half we didn’t show any courage on the ball. We saw a lot of moments where we could play on the ground and we didn’t look comfortable, and I cannot say it was because Swansea did a fantastic job. There were two teams that didn’t play at their best, and as we both played a 5-3-2 then there is a spare man in the back for both teams, so you’re doing to have a lot of duels and the team that makes the least mistakes wins this kind of game.
“In the second half we gave the game away in three minutes. We could have done better with both goals but the biggest thing I’m disappointed about is not showing the courage. We did at 2-0 and we saw a different Crystal Palace, and that is the one I want to see. We created chances and they didn’t, and that’s what I want.”
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