Date: 24th September 2016 at 7:47pm
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Guidolin was pleased with his side’s improved performance in the 3-1 defeat against League leaders Manchester City.

Swansea City produced their best performance of the season this afternoon, but it still wasn’t enough to earn a point against Guardiola’s side, who have no won 10 consecutive games under the Spaniard.

Aguero opened the scoring after just 8 minutes, turning Amat as if he wasn’t there before firing through Fabianski’s legs from close range. But the Swans responded within just 5 minutes. When it looked like we could have been in for a long afternoon, Llorente’s excellent volley past Bravo allowed us to stay level for the rest of the half.

We were able to stay level thanks to a hard working and energetic first half performance that required good discipline and sticking to a game plan that was effective in staying solid at the back and making the most of the chances when they were able to move forward into the attacking third.

The second half saw the Swans avoid conceding an early goal – something they’ve had a habit of doing for too long now. van der Hoorn conceded a penalty just after the hour mark when he was guilty of shoving his arm across de Bruyne’s face – blocking him off inside the box. It looked very harsh on first viewing, and it looked like the sort of move you see regularly in football these days from defenders.

Aguero easily chipped the ball over Fabianski down the middle to make it 2-1, and a third was later added when Leon Britton was put under pressure following our own set piece.

Sigurdsson had a great chance to put us 2-1 in front as he volleyed a cross wide of the target. We actually had 1 more shot on goal than the visitors, and the goalkeeper was forced into making 3 or 4 saves, so the scoreline flatters the visitors somewhat.

The performance was critical though. For Guidolin’s future, and for the team’s confidence and self belief that they can perform well on the front foot. We did that today, we didn’t adopt negative, ‘sit-back’ tactics, and instead we got into their faces and applied good pressure to try and stop their passing play from defence.

Guidolin said:

“I do not feel under pressure but this is my job and I know my job. In this period, the fixtures are not easy and we are not in a good moment for results.

Sometimes results and performances, like Southampton, have not been good, but in the last two games I have seen my team grow up. The most important thing was our performance and if we play like this in the future then it will be a good future for us.”

“I am not a judge. [when talking about the penalty decision]. There is the referee and he is the judge. I watched the television and I have my opinion but this is not important.

“I said thanks to him because this is my attitude but now there is disappointment. Life continues and tomorrow is another day. The most important thing is our performance which, in my opinion, was perfect and of the same level of Manchester City, the best team in the Premier League.

“I am disappointed by the result but I am proud of my players.”

 
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