Dwight Tiendalli on excuse Swansea must avoid following Chelsea loss

Dwight Tiendalli says Swansea City cannot use absentees as an excuse after allowing their standards to drop in a Premier League meeting with Chelsea.

Dwight Tiendalli has told the South Wales Evening Post that Swansea City cannot look for excuses after allowing their standards to drop against Chelsea.

Garry Monk’s men stumbled out of the blocks against the Premier League leaders on Saturday and found themselves four goals down inside 36 minutes.

They went on to lose the game 5-0, with the Blues able to dominate in just about every area at the Liberty Stadium.

Tiendalli admits the Swans let themselves down, with the ball retaining skills they are renowned for deserting them.

Wayne Routledge picked up an injury against Chelsea, Leon Britton is nursing a knock and Wilfried Bony has been offloaded to Manchester City, but Tiendalli says everybody must accept responsibility for taking their eye off the ball.

He told the South Wales Evening Post: "It's disappointing — it's not what Swansea is all about. We like to play a passing game and keep possession. None of that happened in the first half against Chelsea.

"It's not about players being out, everybody wants to play at Swansea. If someone is out, the next person has to step in and do a job. In the first half against Chelsea, I don't think we did that."

Swansea will have to wait until February 1 to offer a positive response in their next top-flight outing.

The FA Cup takes centre stage this weekend, with Monk’s men set to take in a fourth round clash away at Blackburn Rovers.

He will have important selection calls to make at Ewood Park, with it up him to decide whether he shuffles his pack or gives those that flopped against Chelsea an opportunity to make amends.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch