Swansea City defender Angel Rangel has admitted they deserved to get knocked out of the FA Cup, according to the club’s official website.
The Swans were defeated 3-1 by Blackburn at Ewood Park, with defender Kyle Bartley being sent off early on and Gylfi Sigurdsson receiving a similar punishment later on in the game.
The away side had taken the lead through Sigurdsson’s stunning 25-year strike, before goals from Chris Taylor, Rudy Gestede and Craig Conway saw the home side to victory.
And now, Rangel, who was captain in the absence of Ashley Williams, has admitted his side got what they deserved.
“The aim today was to get a response from last week’s defeat [to Chelsea] and I don’t think we got the standards which we should have reached,” he said.
“There are no excuses from us and we must apologise to the fans that traveled to Blackburn to support us. It was a missed opportunity in the FA Cup, which is a great competition. But we didn’t deserve to get through to the next round.”
The defender does, however, admit that the early sending off of Bartley meant the Swans were always on the back foot, with them having to sacrifice youngster Tom Carroll to bring on Federico Fernandez - and ask Sigurdsson to play a deeper role than he is accustomed to.
"It doesn’t get any easier when you’ve had a man sent off in the first few minutes, and it was an uphill battle from then on,” added Fernandez.
“We had to adjust straight away and bring on (Federico) Fernandez which means we saw Tom (Carroll) come off, and that saw us lose an attacking option as Gylfi dropped back. Their second goal changed the game completely because we had to chase the game.“
The sending off of Sigurdsson will hit Garry Monk’s side especially hard, with him having played a key part in their impressive first full season under the new manager. The Iceland midfielder will now miss Premier League games against Southampton, Sunderland and West Brom and Rangel says the side will have to put in a much-improved performance against the Saints.
“It was a very disappointing day for us and now we have to focus on the trip to Southampton and put in a hugely improved performance.”