We were punished for not taking chances, says Fonte

By SFC Media time Sun 01 Feb First team

José Fonte felt Southampton should have made more of their chances, as they lost 1-0 to Swansea City at St Mary’s on Sunday.

Saints had plenty of chances in the first half, and continued to dominate in the second period, but Jonjo Shelvey’s speculative strike won it for the away side.

Fonte felt the Swans grew in confidence the longer the game went on, but felt Saints were unlucky not to get something from the game.

“We didn’t take our chances,” Fonte told Southampton’s official YouTube channel. “We had a great first half and we created a few chances that we should have taken.

“This is football. If you don’t score you’re also liable to something like what happened. It was a great strike, a great goal, we need to look at ourselves and do better next time.

“We were a bit unlucky but sometimes this happens in football. We dominated the first half, that’s when we should have taken the lead.

“We didn’t and when it’s 0-0 it’s an open game and anything can happen and we suffered from that.”

Fonte believes if Saints want to continue to push on in the Barclays Premier League, they need to be making sure they make the most of their opportunities against sides like Swansea.

“They defended deep, they made it difficult for us playing on the counter attack,” Fonte added. “We need to break teams down like them. It was a hard game but I felt we could’ve got the goal and the win.

“We didn’t manage to do that and they scored a good goal. The message is to lift your heads up. Saturday there is another important game so we need to win that one.”

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