Martinez blames his defenders

SWANSEA boss Roberto Martinez blamed his side's defending rather than the officials after seeing his side controversially denied all three points.

Derek Davis

SWANSEA boss Roberto Martinez blamed his side's defending rather than the officials after seeing his side controversially denied all three points.

Pablo Counago equalised eight minutes from time with a goal that Swansea players claimed was offside.

Martinez said: “It was the second phase of a corner and everyone is squeezing up.

“It is a very difficult decision and I don't like to speak about referee decision but if that had happened at the other end it would have been offside.

“We have many games at home and I'm sure we will get those decisions over the course of a season.”

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Martinez blamed defensive gaffes for the two goals conceded with Counago putting Town ahead just before the break.

He said: “In football if you concede the goals that we conceded it is difficult to win football games.

“They did not have to work hard for that goal. All credit to Pablo Counago it was a fantastic piece of skill and quality but it is along ball and we have to deal with that better.”

But the Spanish boss was pleased overall with his side's display and said: “To come to a difficult place like this and impose ourselves is a positive and I'm happy with our performance.

“If we play like that in five games we will win four times.

“We had the majority of possession and we should have been more clinical.”

Martinez and referee Jon Moss had a touchline discussion even before the Counago goal was allowed after he showed five cards in the game.

He said: “We were being punished for being the away side. One free kick away yellow card the home need six to get a yellow and you should not

“We had a chat with ref and left it there.”

The draws leaves Swansea in 10th place.