We have to work as a team, says Swansea City's Alan Tate
ALAN Tate says Swansea City were beaten by Everton because they didn't play as a team.
Swansea were second best from start to finish against the Toffees, who left the Liberty with a deserved 3-0 win.
The visitors were ahead after 22 minutes when Victor Anichebe collected Marouane Fellaini's knock down and fired past Michel Vorm.
That lead was doubled before half-time as Kevin Mirallas headed home after Vorm tipped his first effort onto the bar.
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And late on Everton wrapped up victory through Fellaini, whose header deflected off Ashley Williams and into the net.
"It was disappointing, but that's what happens if you play as a group of individuals rather than as a team," said Tate.
"We haven't got the players Everton have.
"We have gone away from the team aspect which made us good last season.
"We need to get back to playing as a team, otherwise we're going to struggle like that every week.
"If people are going to play individually we may as well pack up now."
With Chico Flores still suspended, Tate partnered Ashley Williams in central defence.
Williams had been struggling with an ankle injury picked up at Aston Villa, while teenager Ben Davies continued at left-back.
Tate admitted Swansea did not defend well enough, but believes the blame for that rests with the whole team.
"We were more concerned with scoring goals than we were about stopping them at the other end," said Tate. "We were gung-ho. Everyone was going forwards, leaving the back four to defend by themselves.
"You can't do that in any league, let alone this league.
"We can't get away from the fact that defensively we weren't good enough — that's not just the back four, it's the whole team.
"They played the ball forward to two big lads. We didn't have people getting around them and coming in from the front.
"It's a team game and we certainly weren't a team on Saturday."
Swansea struggled to cope with Everton's strapping forward line of Fellaini and Anichebe.
They conceded a glut of cheap free-kicks that resulted in a steady stream of balls pumped into Michel Vorm's area.
"Some of the decisions given against us were soft," said Tate. "There were fouls against us that weren't given.
"That didn't help, but the first thing you need is a bit of heart and to defend as a team."
Tate was withdrawn in the second half as Ki Sung -Yueng dropped into an unfamiliar defensive roll to give Swansea a more attacking threat.
But any hopes of taking something from the game were effectively ended on 58 minutes when Nathan Dyer was sent off for two bookable offences.
"The gaffer said he might make a defensive change at half-time," added Tate.
"I think his thoughts were to get Ki on the ball and get him moving forwards from the back.
"You can't legislate for the sending off.
"It was two yellow cards. I didn't see the first one, but the second one was a yellow."
Swans winger Pablo Hernandez is to have a scan on the knee injury which forced him off on Saturday and is a doubt for tomorrow's Capital One Cup trip to Crawley Town.
Nathan Dyer will miss the tie through suspension after his sending off on Saturday, with Flores serving the final game of his three-match ban.