We Won’t Play Like That Again Tom Declares

Thursday, 19 February 2009, 8:27
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A 2-0 defeat in a poor team performance was not what was predicted after the high class performances of recent weeks.

The Swans had attracted praise from many quarters of the way they had gone about their recent performances including the superb display against Fulham last weekend.

But that counted for nothing as they surrendered 2-0 at Watford on Tuesday night in a setback to their play off ambitions but they now have the chance to bounce back immediately against Doncaster on Saturday.

”The manager had harsh words with us at half-time and after the game.  He was right — he came down on us all,” Butler told the Evening Post.

”When the team is going good and we are passing the ball and winning that is great, but you see Manchester United go away from home and grind out 1-0 wins. That’s why they are so successful.

”We have to get that kind of mentality into us where we go away and apply ourselves like we do in our home games. I think we were expecting to get the ball down, pass it and everything to be nice and easy,” said Butler.

”They started much brighter and had much more fight and determination in them at the start.

”We started off waiting for things to happen. We did that earlier on in the season and we were punished.

”I think that was a wake-up call for us.

“Maybe we needed it away from home. We lost the game and we deserve the criticism.

”Performances like that, given the way we’ve been playing, is unacceptable. That is the last time you will see us playing like that.

”The way we lost will stay in our minds for a few days, so we will want to get that out of our system as quickly as possible,

”Doncaster are in excellent form at the moment while we were 16 unbeaten before going to Watford, so it will obviously be tough.

”But we have confidence in our ability that we can get back to the standard we expect of ourselves.”


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