Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Tate: There's No Excuses, We Were Poor

Tate: There's No Excuses, We Were Poor

Alan Tate said the Swansea City team can't afford any more 'poor' performances like Saturday's if they want promotion to the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers' side were looking to keep the momentum going following a fantastic home win against Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago, but yet again they failed to beat one of the bottom sides fighting against relegation as we lost 2-1 away at Preston North End. We've also lost to Scunthorpe United away and Derby County - though they're just safe enough from the drop.

The Swans seem to 'turn up' for the big games, beating Leeds United and Forest recently, but plenty of people say that it's digging out wins against the teams fighting to stay up, and getting points when you're not playing well is a sign of a promotion team. It has to be said, we haven't shown that enough, while in comparison second-placed Norwich City beat Scunthorpe United 6-0 at home on Saturday to stay in the automatic promotion places.

This weekend's game is absolutely crucial to our promotion hopes. a six-pointer against Norwich. If we lose, we're 7 points adrift of the Canaries while a win would close the gap back down to a single point.

Alan Tate was as honest as ever, in his post-match interview and admitted the performance was nowhere near good enough at Deepdale.

'Individually we were poor from front to back against Preston,'

'You aren't going to win games when you play like that.

'It's probably only the second time this season we've played like that — the other was Nottingham Forest away. But we can't afford any more off-days like that where we weren't comfortable defensively. That's not just myself, Garry (Monk), Ash (Williams) and Neil (Taylor) — it's all around the park. We weren't our usual selves going forward either.

'There aren't any excuses from us. We got what we deserved.

'We can't allow another performance like that because it will cost us.'

Tate also showed his disappointment that we're unable to go 2nd now if we beat Norwich on Saturday, he added:

It's disappointing, because if we had won at Preston then Norwich would come to our place with the chance of us going second,'

'It's out of our hands now, but there are still plenty of games left for the situation to change.

'We will get what we deserve at the end of the season.

'There are 21 points to play for and we are capable of winning all of them.

'But we aren't looking that far ahead. Norwich is all that we are thinking about.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday April 4 2011
Time: 7:35PM

Best of Vital Network


Hmmmmm, it seems like Alan Tate has a short memory. Preston, Derby and Scunthorpe---all away against lower teams and we played badly in all 3. It seems the players can only lift themselves in the big games and always at home. Our away form is abysmal at the moment. We have to pick up some points in the remaining away games too.
05/04/2011 17:15:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Swansea City Articles

Points Warning Over Disabled Access?

Calls for Premier League clubs to finally get their seating arrangements in order for disabled fans across the country have continued this week...

You're the Boss! The Fans Starting Line-Up vs Watford

We asked your for your starting line-ups for Saturday's home game and here is your preferred eleven to face Watford

Pre-Match Stats: Swansea City vs Watford

Pre-match stats ahead of Swansea City's crucial home game on Saturday against Watford

Match Day Officials v Watford (22/10/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Watford this Saturday.

Archived Vital Swansea City Articles

Vital Swansea City articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

What will the result be vs Watford?
Suggested By:
Swansea win63%
Watford win12%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 8 6 1 1 19 11
2 Arsenal 8 6 1 1 19 10
3 Spurs 8 5 3 0 18 9
4 Liverpool 8 5 2 1 17 8
5 Chelsea 8 5 1 2 16 6
6 Everton 8 4 3 1 15 6
7 Man Utd 8 4 2 2 14 5
8 Southampton 8 3 3 2 12 3
9 Crystal Palace 8 3 2 3 11 2
10 Watford 8 3 2 3 11 0
11 AFC Bournemouth 8 3 2 3 11 0
12 WBA 8 2 4 2 10 1
13 Leicester City 8 2 2 4 8 -6
14 Burnley 8 2 1 5 7 -6
15 West Ham 8 2 1 5 7 -8
16 Hull City 8 2 1 5 7 -12
17 Middlesbrough 8 1 3 4 6 -4
18 Stoke 8 1 3 4 6 -9
19 Swansea 8 1 1 6 4 -7
20 Sunderland 8 0 2 6 2 -9
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 31 2016 8:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 3:00PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

7.Dennis Downing11
8.Phil W10
Write for Vital Football