Swansea City boss Kenny Jackett saw his side fail to score for the first time this season, as the Glovers shut out his side by a 1-0 scoreline yesterday. Jackett could have forced the game to be postponed due to international call-ups to three of his players but chose not to. Jackett answered the following questions after the game:
Qu: Any regrets about not having the game delayed or called off?
KJ: Yes, you always do when you lose. There's no doubt about that. That's obviously your immediate reaction. But we've gone ahead with it and I thought that both back fours were very strong and dominant. In terms of the game there wasn't a lot of chances or a lot of shots from either side. But Yeovil have won it with a set-piece, and through a header from a corner from their centre-half.
Qu: It could have been cleared, looking at the TV replay by either the goalkeeper or the defender on the line.
KJ: Yes, it seemed to go through somebody's legs. I haven't watched it a second time, but the first time I saw it, I felt it was heading for someone but the ball went through his legs. But like I've said, it was a very tight game and not particularly free-flowing. Set pieces often decide games and they did in this game.
Qu: You've had a good run though?
KJ: Yes, we've had a very good season so far. I didn't feel that we got the flow going to our football. I was waiting for it to happen all the way through the game. It didn't happen. I was waiting for us to get some tempo to the game. We didn't particularly cope well with the wind in the second half, particularly in terms of trying to get the ball into the right areas or in terms of getting the ball out to the full-backs and working the ball down the lines. We fell in between the two today.
Qu: Despite all the goals you've scored, I think you had about one on target and one just over the bar today.
KJ: Yes, we had three efforts on target, but it probably took 60 minutes for the first time. Martinez and Goodfellow were the first two and we had one more after that.
Qu: Do you think part of the tightness is down to how well the two teams know each other?
KJ: Yes, perhaps that's the case. I did feel that both back fours looked very strong and shots on target from either side were at a premium. I think we had something like 10 shots and three on target and Yeovil had seven shots and three on target. That was how the stats worked out. It wasn't a free-flowing game but set pieces do decide tight games.
Qu: Do you think you were missing your players on international duty?
KJ: Yes, possibly. Ricketts, Jones, Akinfenwa and McLeod were probably four that would make a difference, along with perhaps Paul Connor.
Qu: Do you regret not postponing now?
KJ: It's a tough one to call straight after the game. I've decided to go with the game. Right the way through the game I felt that there was something there waiting for us and I was waiting for the game to build up some tempo but the game fell away from us.
Qu: You had four bookings in the second half but it didn't seem to be that sort of a game.
No it didn't seem to be that way, and it all went against us.
Qu: Martinez looked a bit unhappy at the end.
KJ: It's sour grapes complaining about referees. You can make your own decisions on the referee's performance today because I will only get myself into trouble. I have to look at my team and take responsibility for my team.
Qu: Do you think that Swansea played like a team that were top of the league?
KJ: Like I've said it was a scrappy game. There wasn't much in it and sometimes sides do play like that. That's the sort of games where you have to pick up points and we've been quite good at doing that lately. Games are tight and the wind and elements do play a part and it's through those times that you have to be able to pick up points and we didn't today.
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