Belfast Telegraph

Bradley has no intention of considering position at Swansea despite Boro loss

Under-pressure Swansea boss Bob Bradley insists he has no intention of considering his position despite a 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough which will leave his side second bottom of the Premier League at Christmas.

Two first-half goals from Alvaro Negredo and a 58th minute effort from Marten de Roon boosted Boro's own survival chances and left Swansea reeling from a second straight defeat after Wednesday's 3-1 loss at The Hawthorns.

Some among Swansea's small travelling contingent made their anger plain towards the end of the game but American Bradley is adamant two upcoming home games give him the chance to turn his side's season around.

Bradley said: "I go in motivated every day and I've said many times I like the group of players, I love the club and now it's a challenge. When I came here I knew what I was getting into and I'm not backing down from it now.

"That's the challenge - when the team has put itself in a tough spot everybody has got to stick together during the toughest times and fight the fight.

"I put pressure on myself to see if we can make the team stronger and fight for points every week, and I will continue to do that."

Bradley was particularly disappointed that his side failed to heed his call for resilience in the wake of their defeat on Wednesday.

Despite a bright start in which Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson both missed chances, Negredo's swinging opener changed the momentum and from then on there seemed little chance of a Swansea recovery.

Bradley added: " We obviously have to look at ourselves and it's the same story - we started okay, we felt the energy and confidence but on their first real look at goal we went down.

"We talked about our ability to hold things together, but their second goal came after a strange mix-up over whose throw it was, the next thing it's a penalty and we've put ourselves in a big hole.

"For the first time today we didn't take care of business against a team that is right around us in the table. Now we've got to look at our next two home matches because winning home matches in this battle is going to be the real key."

Boro boss Aitor Karanka pronounced himself far from pleased with his side's performance but admitted the three points could prove vital in their ongoing survival fight.

Karanka said: "Until we scored the first goal I was really upset (with the performance) but sometimes you have to understand the players and for them it was a game with a lot of pressure.

"It was really difficult at the beginning of the game but after the game it has been a massive win against a direct opponent. The main thing is to have the points on the table.

"There are some games we will win playing not as good as we would like to play, and some we will lose playing our best, because we are in the Premier League and every single point is difficult."

Karanka dedicated his side's win to goalkeeping coach Leo Percovich, who will require an operation next week after snapping his Achilles at the club's training ground on Friday.

Karanka added: "Leo has been very important because you have seen him on the bench and he is a character in the changing room. The players know how big and important Leo is, and I know he will be at home cheering for us."


From Belfast Telegraph