Rodgers rues Swans slip-ups

29 April 2012 07:47

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers was left to rue costly defensive errors after his side were denied victory by a thrilling Wolves fightback in a breathless 4-4 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

There had seemed little prospect of anything other than a comfortable home win when Swansea took a 3-0 lead inside 15 minutes but relegated Wolves rallied as Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis struck either side of Danny Graham grabbing Swansea's fourth goal. And Terry Connor's side completed their comeback in the second half as David Edwards and Jarvis found the net.

Rodgers said: "I thought that in the first half going forward we were good, but there is disappointment at our defensive display. We gave away poor goals, I said to the players that for the majority of the first half we played as a team".

He added: "For the first 30 minutes and with the structure we had we created plenty of chances and got the goals. We had three but we could have scored more.

"But we gave away a disappointing goal from a cross when Fletcher scored and then Jarvis scored as well and it gave Wolves oxygen.

"The game should have been dead at 3-0 and in the second half I felt there were too many individuals and we did not play as a team.

"We have shown over the season how well we defend so to concede four goals at home was incredible really. You don't want too many of those as a coach or manager."

Wolves boss Connor was delighted with the character his side showed to recover from their nightmare start, just a week after having their relegation confirmed with defeat against Manchester City.

Connor, who is still waiting for a first win after 11 games in charge, said: "It was two teams with different styles trying to play football and it made for an entertaining game. Looking back now the opening spell was maybe a little hangover from the disappointment of last week.

"Once the players cleared their heads we were good enough to get a goal back and they grew in confidence and belief and showed our true qualities and possibly could have ended up winners."

Source: PA