Tuesday 20 August 2019

Bradley standing firm despite Boro defeat

Middlesbrough 3 Swansea City 0

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Reuters
Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Reuters

Under-pressure Swansea boss Bob Bradley insists he has no intention of considering his position despite a 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough which will leave his side second bottom of the Premier League at Christmas.

Two first-half goals from Alvaro Negredo and a 58th minute effort from Marten de Roon boosted Boro's own survival chances and left Swansea reeling from a second straight defeat after Wednesday's 3-1 loss at The Hawthorns.

Middlesbrough's Antonio Barragan challenges Swansea City's Jefferson Montero. Photo: Reuters
Middlesbrough's Antonio Barragan challenges Swansea City's Jefferson Montero. Photo: Reuters

Some among Swansea's small travelling contingent made their anger plain towards the end of the game but American Bradley is adamant two upcoming home games give him the chance to turn his side's season around.

Bradley said: "I go in motivated every day and I've said many times I like the group of players, I love the club and now it's a challenge. When I came here I knew what I was getting into and I'm not backing down from it now.

"That's the challenge - when the team has put itself in a tough spot everybody has got to stick together during the toughest times and fight the fight.

"I put pressure on myself to see if we can make the team stronger and fight for points every week, and I will continue to do that."

Swansea City's Neil Taylor in action with Middlesbrough's Fabio. Photo: Reuters
Swansea City's Neil Taylor in action with Middlesbrough's Fabio. Photo: Reuters

Bradley was particularly disappointed that his side failed to heed his call for resilience in the wake of their defeat on Wednesday.

Despite a bright start in which Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson both missed chances, Negredo's swinging opener changed the momentum and from then on there seemed little chance of a Swansea recovery.

Boro boss Aitor Karanka pronounced himself far from pleased with his side's performance but admitted the three points could prove vital in their ongoing survival fight.

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