We should have had a penalty, claims Curtis

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 20th December 2015

Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis believes his team were denied a cast-iron penalty when James Collins appeared to handle the ball late on in this afternoon's goalless draw with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Curtis, who is standing in as temporary manager following the dismissal of Garry Monk last weekend believes his side should have been awarded a spot kick when the Welsh defender unintentionally handled the ball when diving into a last-ditch challenge inside West Ham's penalty area.

"Sometimes we just need a stroke of luck too, like a deflection or a penalty decision to go our way," he told the media during his post-match presser. "I wasn't sure at the time, but when you see it on the screen, it looks like a penalty."

And Curtis also believes his side were by far the better team on the day, despite failing to prevent West Ham goalkeeper Adrian from keeping a third consecutive clean sheet.

"In terms of possession, we were excellent," he surmised. "We looked like a Swans team again. The last two performances have been great, but we've only taken one point. We bossed the game in terms of possession and territory, but I think we lacked that killer edge up front.

"We showed an abundance of character and bravery on the ball, but we probably didn't threaten as much as we should have done, considering the possession we had. We maybe overcomplicated things a little bit by playing too many passes sideways and backwards instead of forward, but it's certainly something to work from.

"We've shown we can pass the ball and deserved to win the game. When we get out of trouble, it will be because we've played our way."

* Read what Slaven Bilic had to say about the 0-0 draw < a href="story.php?id=129322">here.

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