Swansea boss’ frustration as search for first league win continues
Swansea manager Luke Williams saw his side lose 3-1 at Leicester and admitted he was left frustrated as he searches for his first league win since taking over.
“Leicester are a fantastic side who played in a fantastic way, they unlocked us,” he said.
“We held our own after the first goal, but you need to be clinical to come away with anything from Leicester.
“But then it was really quite frustrating to lose concentration, the second two goals were gifts.
“We made it a little bit too easy for those goals. I haven’t seen the penalty back, but what I know is that what came before it was a lack of concentration and focus and you cannot do that against a top side.
“It’s really difficult and challenging for the players to concentrate for 96 minutes against a side posing so many questions, but if you want to compete at the right end of the division, it’ll require the players to be focused for the entire game.”
Williams admitted his first win in the Championship with Swansea could not come soon enough.
“We’ve had very tough fixtures, but it’d be lovely to get a victory for sure,” he said.
Williams said he expected to be busy as the transfer deadline approached.
“We’re going to be trying to bring the right players in, but it’s challenging,” he added.
“I hope it’s busy and I hope it’s fruitful as well.”
Leicester manager Enzo Maresca admitted he did not want Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall to leave, but said the player’s future was now a matter for the club.
Dewsbury-Hall scored the opening goal after only three minutes as Leicester moved 10 points clear at the top of the Championship.
The midfielder is thought to be a January transfer target for Brighton, but Leicester want at least £30million for him.
Two goals in three minutes sealed the points for Leicester with Stephy Mavididi scoring from the penalty spot, and Yunus Akgun adding a third.
But Maresca said Dewsbury-Hall had not been affected by the transfer speculation leading up to the game.
“I don’t want Kiernan to go – ask the club if we need to sell or not,” said Maresca.
“The only way we can do something is to sell players. I don’t think that Kiernan’s future was about this game. Kiernan is a Leicester player, hopefully he can play in the next game.
“Here, he showed once again he is in love with the club, if something will happen now, I don’t know.
“He cares about the club and he has 10 goals this season, probably for the first time in his life, these kind of things, people don’t give the right importance to and it’s not a good thing.”
Maresca also sensed the frustration among the home supporters at times, even though Leicester are dominating the English second tier.
“You can feel the fans when they’re not happy, some people take things for granted,” said the Italian coach.
“We have won 26 of 34 games this season, unbelievable, a huge number.
“The only thing I can say is that people think it’s easy, but it’s not. I came to this club to play with this idea, the moment there is some doubt about the idea, the day after, I will leave, it’s so clear.”
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