Bayo Retains Swansea Belief

Monday, 17 March 2008, 8:02
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Bayo may not have found the net – and he was never going to take the penalty! – but he played a pivotal role in the victory for Northampton that saw them stun the leaders with three goals in little more than the opening twenty minutes.   Hubertz scored twice – once from the penalty spot – and Alan Tate scored an own goal to hand the huge advantage to the home side – one that Swansea were always extremely unlikely to pull back.

Jason Scotland grabbed one towards the end of each half but it was not to be as the Swans suffered their sixth league defeat of the season and their second in the last three games.

But despite all that it hasn't changed the view of the man who spent two years at the Liberty that the Swans are heading for the Championship with a piece of League silverware behind them “Sometimes it’s just a bad day at the office,” he told the Western Mail after the game

“They went over 15 games unbeaten and you’re always going to go through a little rocky patch.

“But they’re going to kick on. You could see that they’ve got really good players and they will go up – and go up as champions.

“They’ll just say it was a bad loss, put it behind them and go to work again. I can’t see they’re going to change it, they’re six points clear and it’s not a time to panic.”

Would he have wanted to take the penalty?  “I didn’t want to take it as me and penalties are not the best of friends.

“The single most important thing was the win to continue our good run, but I’ve still got mad love for Swansea.

“That’s why I didn’t celebrate the goals. I didn’t want to feel I was disrespecting them. It was a conscious decision that I wouldn’t celebrate, whether I scored or we scored.

“I wasn’t sure if the Swansea fans were going to give me a good reception, but I was glad they didn’t boo me. Maybe they should have…because I might have played rubbish! But I was pleased because they mean a lot to me.”

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.
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