Swans boss takes the blame

BY foxsports • November 20, 2011

The Spaniard's careless pass out of defence was seized upon by Ryan Giggs, who duly set up Javier Hernandez for the Mexico international to slide home the winner in just the 11th minute. The result ended Swansea's unbeaten home record this season, but Rodgers would not criticise Rangel for looking to play in the manner that has been a key part of a competitive start to their maiden Premier League campaign. "The blame is on me, I ask the players to play that way," said Rodgers. "He could have had his touch and smashed the ball up the pitch, he was just slightly off balance trying to play around the corner. "We look to pass our way out of trouble. The main thing to learn from it was that Ryan Giggs, who was brilliant even though he is almost as old as me, took a great touch into the box and they scored. That is the reality of playing the top sides, but we are learning all the time. "Angel has been fantastic so there is no blame on him at all." While the visitors were comfortable for long spells of the game, with Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick turning in outstanding individual displays, the hosts were guilty of spurning a gilt-edged chance to level 11 minutes after Hernandez had given United the lead. The opportunity fell to Scott Sinclair after a deflected Wayne Routledge shot found its way into his path to leave him with an open goal seven yards out, but the former Chelsea man miscued and the ball rebounded away to safety off his standing foot. And Rodgers admitted that it had been a "straightforward" chance. "That was the difference, they took their chance, we didn't take ours," he said. "When you see the clip, and Scott is very disappointed, the ground he made up to get there was pleasing. "He is bitterly disappointed as that was a straightforward chance really, it was an open goal seven yards out, but I was pleased he got there and if he keeps getting in there the goals will come." Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson praised his side's defensive display as they kept themselves within five points of leaders and local rivals Manchester City. The clean sheet was United's fifth in a row in all competitions following their 6-1 hiding against City, and Ferguson is delighted with the recent improvement in that area. "It (the Manchester City game) was a wake-up call so to now have the most number of clean sheets in the league is an added satisfaction," he told ESPN. "Over the years, our defence has been an integral part of our success. "We knew Swansea are a good footballing team and keep the ball well so you have to be concentrating all the time and the concentration is exactly what we need back in the team because a couple of weeks ago there was a genuine criticism about the defending and chances opponents were getting. "We had to make sure we defended well. We did that apart from the miss they had when Michael Carrick slipped up. "Other than that, we were comfortable in our defending. It's a good result for us."

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