19:49 3rd November 2013
. . . skipper reflects on the defeat in the Welsh derby
Ashley Williams has urged the Swans to tighten up at set-pieces after Cardiff won the Welsh derby thanks to a Steven Caulker header.
The former Swans loanee made the most of Craig Bellamy’s corner by heading into the bottom corner in the 63rd minute as the Bluebirds claimed the first derby between the two sides in the Barclays Premier League.
It was the first goal the Swans had conceded in the league from a corner this season in the top flight, but Williams felt the visitors failed to cope with Cardiff’s threat from set-pieces.
“I don’t think we played good enough at all,” said the Swans skipper, who faced Cardiff for the eighth time in a Welsh derby. “I don’t feel they played any better than us, but if you can’t defend a set-piece then you don’t deserve to win the game.
“We need to tighten up at set-pieces.
“It was very disappointing performance. The spell where Michu was injured was a tough time for us. He was injured but we just had to play on with ten men because he couldn’t move at all.
“This defeat hurts a lot for the players and the supporters.
“We have a few days until the Europa League game (against Kuban Krasnodar), but today we can’t look to that game because this defeat hurts too much."