We let our foot off the pedal, says Swansea City's Ashley Williams following West Brom defeat
ASHLEY Williams refused to blame the officials for Swansea City's defeat at West Brom.
Trailing 2-1, Michael Laudrup's side appeared to have a perfectly good goal wrongly ruled out for offside as the clock ticked down.
Roland Lamah received the ball after it deflected off defender Gareth McAuley and found the far corner of the net.
But Swansea celebrations were cut short by the linesman's flag, and referee Lee Mason disallowed the effort.
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Afterwards Laudrup was adamant the goal should have stood — and goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker later tweeted that the officials had admitted their mistake.
But Williams reckons Swansea have to look at themselves as they look to explain their loss in the Midlands.
"I think the game was there for us to win and we've taken our foot off the pedal a little bit and got punished," said the Swansea centre-back.
"It's a fact the goal should have stood and we should have scored two today, but from my point of view we took our foot off the pedal and that's let them back into the game because I felt if we'd kept pushing on we could have done better.
"It's gone, there's no point talking about it. Some of the guys spoke to the linesman and he admitted he made a mistake.
"I've seen it on the video and it's a clear goal, but it's gone so we just need to talk about our performance."
Swansea started the game brightly and went ahead as Luke Moore returned to score against his former club.
But they were pegged back by Romelu Lukaku's powerful strike before half-time and then a Jonathan de Guzman own goal put West Brom in front.
"When we scored we stopped playing for some reason. We stopped attacking and we stopped getting after them defensively," said Williams. "They are above us now, they've had a brilliant season and a team like that you have to try to finish off."
Williams had his hands full marking Lukaku, West Brom's powerful frontman who caused Swansea problems with his strength and physical prowess.
The striker scored the Baggies opener and also missed a penalty in the second half. "He's a good player, he's a big guy and he's quick," said Williams. "He's scoring goals as well. He scored a good goal, but it deflected off me which helped him because Monks (Garry Monk) was wrong-footed.
"He took it well and I had another good battle with him.
"He gave a couple of fouls away and I fouled him a few times. Those are the games that you like and he's good lad as well. We get on in the games and I enjoy playing against him."