Monk rues missed opportunity

Last Updated: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:28

Garry Monk admits Swansea had enough chances to beat Napoli over two legs and advance in the Europa League after bowing out in Italy.

The Welsh outfit have been left to rue what might have been after their European adventure came to an end on Thursday night following a 3-1 defeat in Naples.

The scoreline doesn't reflect the game though, with the Swans 12 minutes from knocking out the Italian giants on the away-goals rule after Jonathan de Guzman had cancelled out Lorenzo Insigne's early opener.

Swansea then had chances to take the lead, Wilfried Bony missing the best of them before Gonzalo Higuain struck late on to break Swansea hearts, with Gokhan Inler adding a third in stoppage time to see Napoli through to the last 16.

While Monk was delighted with the effort of his players, he was forced to admit that had his team been more clinical over the two legs then it would have been the Swans playing in the next round of the Europa League.

"I could not have asked for any more from my players over 180 minutes against a very good side," Monk said.

"We had enough chances to win five games, and ultimately the missed chances are the reason why we haven't got through.

"But I am not going to criticise anyone.

"We did not come here and sit back and hope as I'm sure a lot of teams would, we came with belief that we could play our game.

"The boys should be very proud of themselves - and they should take belief from this.

"If we can compete over two legs against such a good team, we can take that into the Premier League when we get home."

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