The key difference for the Northern-Irishman would be several key moments that went the way of the visitors. A fortuitous equaliser on the stroke of half-time from Jannick Vestergaard playing a large part after a clearance had bounced between defender and attacker in the Swans penalty area.
Matt Grimes’ superb volley had earlier given the Swans the lead midway through the first-half, before second-half strikes from Abdul Fatawu and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho clinched the three points for the visitors.
The Swans would hit the woodwork through Liam Cullen, whilst Jamal Lowe would have a second-half effort splendidly saved by visiting keeper Mads Hermansen. Moments that the Swans boss felt on another occasion could have changed the final outcome.
“I think we were on the wrong side of big moments in the game,” said Duff.
“I think it’s those moments that you need to have go for you against such opposition. I was though pleased with the general performance.
“We concede after our lad has kicked it against their lad from a short corner right on half-time. There’s a lot of luck involved in that goal for them. If we get in at 1-0, it’s a different game.
“We’ve hit the crossbar, and the keepers made an unbelievable save from Jamal [Lowe] at 2-1.
“The structure of the team looked good; the energy and quality looked good. The supporters know. They are clapping them coming off the pitch even though they got beat.
“The last time we lost here was against Bristol City and quite rightly the players got booed because we played nothing like we did today. I can handle getting beat, but there is a way to get beat.
“You look at their bench and some of the players they brought on are seasoned Premier League players and full internationals.
“The lads gave everything today. I think that performance probably beats most teams in the league 90% of the time.
“There were loads of positives though, I thought the attendance and noise in the stadium was good. They kept with the players as well because they could see the intent. Other than the result, there were a lot more positives than negatives.”
In a quick turnaround, the Swans face Watford at the Swansea.com Stadium on Tuesday night looking to get back to winning ways at the first attempt.
With the rigours of a quick turnaround, the Swans head-coach will assess a few niggles in the side before the contest but is hopeful to welcome back Ben Cabango into the matchday squad.
“We have to dust yourselves down re-energise and get back together Monday and see who is fit and available then we go again,” continued Duff.
“Ben Cabango will be touch and go, he is days away. If it is not Tuesday, it will be Saturday. Other than that Josh Key got a bit of a kick on the ankle, and we’ll have to assess that but there is nothing obvious, we hope to have a full complement again.
“We have come a long way in my opinion. Just because we were good though doesn’t mean we’ll be good on Tuesday [against Watford].
“They have set the levels. I think we were good value for the four wins. I don’t think we nicked any of those four. It’s a Championship game of football so it will be tough. It’s going to be about us and how we can influence our game on them, how we can impact the game and perform.”
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