Date: 18th September 2016 at 8:55pm
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Swansea City first team coach Alan Curtis says the team quickly need to get a rhythm and ‘ownership of the ball’ back as he reflects on another Premier League defeat.

Like Curtis says below, the 1-0 scoreline doesn’t truly reflect how the game was played out. Southampton let the Swans off the hook on many occasions and it could have easily have been 4 or 5.

The goal was always going to come, it was just surprising that it took as long as it did to go in. The Saints lacked a killer instinct and a clinical edge to go on and put the game beyond any doubt. Despite how bad we were playing, there was still a slim chance that substitutes Montero and Barrow could have created something later on.

They didn’t, but it was only when they came on did we look like causing anything like a threat in front of goal.

Curtis says that the squad need to get their rhythm and ownership of the ball back, because they are a world away from their former philsophy of possession football. Like Curtis said during his interim spell last season, it’s key to get us playing to our strengths – passing football.

We’ve lost our ability to do that, it was lost under Garry Monk last season and Guidolin quickly needs to restore it if he wants to get the results he needs to see us go up the table.

“[1-0] seems close, but I suppose the reality is that we were probably fortunate to get away with just the one goal,”

‘We threatened at times but I think overall Southampton deserved to win,’

“We’re disappointed because we fought back terrifically well against Chelsea last week when we looked to be out of the game but I didn’t really feel like we were going to get back into it [against Southampton].”

‘We’ve had a few tough games. Chelsea certainly was a big ask and Southampton also, to be fair. They’ve probably not started as well as they’d have like but [St Mary’s] is always a tough game to come.

‘I think we’ve always been in the game, we’ve not been battered in terms of goals. We’re just struggling to find rhythm and once we get that and ownership of the ball back, which we’ve always done, then hopefully we can get the results back.”

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