Despite tonight’s 1-0 defeat against MK Dons in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Semi-Final, Roberto Martinez says the 2-legged tie isn’t over.
The Swans failed to give themselves an advantage in the tie ahead of the away leg and now they face a much harder task if they want a trip to the new Wembley Stadium.
|‘There’s no way we’ll be going to wembley playing like we did tonight.’|
Johnson got the goal for the League Two leaders during the second half as the Swans missed 3 or 4 chances in the first half.
It was the same story for the Swans in a cup competition, creating chance after chance but failing to score.
Former goalkeeper Willy Gueret made a number of excellent saves to keep the sides level.
Roberto Martinez told the Official Site:
|‘Overall, when you don’t take your chances and then concede a sloppy goal, you don’t win football games,” |
‘We created enough clear cut chances early on to win the game. Our movement was good, but our finishing was poor and it allowed Willy (Gueret) to make some good saves.
‘It’s always seems to be the case that when a player goes back to his old club he has the game of his life. But I’m pleased for Willy.
‘At the moment though I’m more disappointed with the sloppy goal we gave away. Our standards are far higher than that.
‘But it’s far from over yet. We will look forward to the challenge of the second-leg and we are still very confident of getting to Wembley.
‘I knew going into tonight’s game that it would be a 180-minute affair and nothing would be decided until we went to their place.”
‘We’ve got to the area final and top of the league because we’ve used the whole squad,”
‘And I’ll continue to do that.”
Martinez rested the likes of Darren Pratley, Leon Britton, Ferrie Bodde and Jason Scotland with Friday’s league game at home to Luton in mind.
The second leg will be played on Monday 25th February, kicking off at 7:45pm at stadium:mk.