Date: 23rd October 2008 at 9:40am
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Swansea City defender Alan Tate has admitted it is his own fault that he has not done enough to warrant a starting place in Roberto Martinez’s starting 11.

Speaking after Tuesday evenings 0-0 draw with QPR that left the 26 year old deputizing for an injured Dorus De Vries after Martin Rowlands seething tackle left the Dutchman needing surgery, Tate has expressed his disappointment that he has not featured heavily this season.
Tate Told The WM:

“I can`t say I`ve been frustrated because, being honest, it`s probably my own fault.I came back from the summer with too much body fat leaving me behind the rest of the lads before I started and it probably took me until we played Den Haag a couple of days before the season started for me to get to the levels I needed to be and be able to give a decent performance.But when we had gone to Spain for the pre-season tour I was poor and I didn`t deserve to start the season.’

“The lads who started did well and I could live with that because it was my fault.No-one else was to blame and I`m big enough to accept that. Looking back, perhaps I did things in the summer I shouldn`t have done, like going away on two holidays, but you live and you learn.I slipped up and I hold my hands up to that.”

‘It is different now to when I was out of the side four years ago or so, but I`ve grown up since then.Then I was trying to build a career for myself and was narrow-minded about things.Now I`m 26 and have played more than 200 games for the club and I`m not trying to build a career anymore – I`m trying to keep my career here.Now it`s about me waiting for my chance – hopefully at right-back or centre-half rather than in goal – but the bottom line is I love being at this club.”