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Warnock: Delighted With Outcome Of Game

29 November 2014

Neil Warnock walked from the touchline with a point to take back to London after a fine display from his side but the opening stages of the game left him concerned. 

“The first twenty minutes was as bad as I have seen us play since I have been back at the club. We just couldn’t put two passes together in those early stages. We had to regroup but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy as I saw them batter Arsenal a few weeks ago. It was a great response from the lads to get us back in the game.  We changed things when we had to make the substitution following Dwight Gayle’s injury but James McArthur did a great job and we looked really solid and good going forward.

“After the penalty we had a great chance at 1-1 and as the game went on I thought we could get all the points and showed my intent with the late change bringing Wilfried Zaha into the game."

The posession stats always show how much Swansea dominate a game and Neil wasn’t surprised this happened today but there was also plenty of positives for him to draw on for his own side.

“Swansea are a team who control the game whoever they play because they are a good side and Gary Monk has done well down here. After the way the game started a lot of teams wouldn’t have come back but not us, we played some good football and looked a threat on the break. A little bit more quality at times and we might have taken all three points.

“We have a good group of lads and even though we may be limited in certain areas, I have a good honest bunch and the support our fans gave us just kept us going. After the win last week everyone just talked about Liverpool but we were fantastic and once we got going today we gave as good as we got. I am delighted with the outcome this afternoon.”

His side got back in the game courtesy of a penalty from Mile Jedinak and it was a decision from the referee, Martin Atkinson, that Neil agreed with.

 “I thought it was a penalty, other people may say not but I did think he just did enough to stop our player turning into the ball and I didn’t see Shelvey or anyone else complaining.”

The first half yellow card for Marouane Chamakh could have been followed up by another soon after but Neil was pleased with the reaction of the official but not so sure if his own message got through to his player.

“You could see I have a lot of control over him as I had a word to calm him down and then he nearly got booked twice in the next two minutes!  I think it shows I must learn the language but he is a great lad, very honest and hard-working. I had to have a think at half time whether I should keep him on as he already had been booked and I wanted him to be available for the match on Tuesday against Aston Villa. Thankfully the referee dealt with the situation well and I did my bit making the change when I did.”

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