Swansea City: We need to stay patient, says Michel Vorm
SWANSEA City's early- season success was tempered at Villa Park on Saturday, but Michel Vorm has urged his team-mates not to alter their style.
The 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa was their first of the campaign, after Michael Laudrup had won two and drawn one of his opening three Premier League matches in charge.
Although the visitors began brightly as they kept possession with their customary verve, Villa's industrious approach limited the time and space afforded to the Swans and led to a congested midfield.
Paul Lambert's men stifled their opponents to good effect, but Vorm was frustrated to see Swansea play with less composure after falling behind.
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"When we were 1-0 down, if we had just played our game in the second half the chances would have come and we would have scored," he said.
"In the second half it was more like the game we are not good at, with the tempo so high and Aston Villa worked so hard.
"If we'd kept our heads together we could have got a point from here because we were only 1-0 down.
"The second goal was a bit unlucky but before that we didn't play very well. We created some chances but not as many as we have in the previous games."
This was Lambert's third successive win against Swansea, after he had done the double over the Welsh side when in charge of Norwich last season.
There is a suggestion the Scot might have developed a formula to frustrate the Swans, and Laudrup's team will face a similar challenge when they face Everton on Saturday.
Along with Norwich, the Toffees were one of just four sides to win at the Liberty Stadium last term, and Vorm is wary of opponents who will tweak their tactics in order to disrupt Swansea's flow.
"Probably they will try something different if they are afraid of us," he said.
"But if you watch the first half (against Villa), then we had the possession so I don't think it is the problem.
"It's more like that we don't have to lose our heads if we go 1-0 down. If we start running around and don't play our own games, then we have problems, but we have to make sure we don't do that next time.
"It's a good lesson. Villa worked very hard and had the chances."
Despite suffering a first defeat of the season, Swansea are still fifth in the Premier League with seven points from four matches.
Record signing Pablo Hernandez made his debut at Villa Park and, as the club's new arrivals continue to settle in, Vorm is hopeful for the rest of the campaign.
"We have a lot of new players and they also have to adapt," he said.
"It went very well in the first few matches and we can't win every game but we have to learn from games like this.
"We are not going to win every game but I thought there was more for us there and we didn't deserve to lose.
"It was not our best match but things like this happen and we have to see what we can do better."