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Swansea boss Carvalhal admits tactical gamble backfired

Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal admits his tactical gamble didn't pay off in their 4-1 defeat to Brighton.

Glenn Murray scored twice for the hosts, while Anthony Knockaert and sub Jurgen Locadia also found the target for the Seagulls. Lewis Dunk's own goal saw Swansea get on the scoresheet.

“I must be a critic of myself," Carvalhal added. “I took the risk and maybe I could have waited until later to put Tammy (Abraham) on.

“But if you take a risk as a manager and it comes off, you are a genius. If it doesn't happen – this is football.

“We tried everything to win. We placed a big bet and we lost the bet."

He also said: “We put Andre Ayew on in the first half on to try to help us. (Nathan) Dyer is more of a winger while Andre is more of an attacker, so we put him on near Jordan Ayew to try to make us more of a threat.

“The substitution was not about Dyer – he is playing very well.

“But we took some risks. We put Luciano (Narsingh) on at half-time and in that period we did well.

“We almost scored twice, through Luciano and then Ki (Sung-Yueng), then we took some more risks by putting Tammy on for a midfielder.

“We took all the risks today because we were not happy to be losing. We wanted to win.

“We placed a big bet – we had Tammy, Jordan, Andre and Narsingh on the pitch at the same time. When you do that you can win a lot of money or you can lose all your money.

“We knew it was possible we could change the game but also that they could hurt us on the counter-attack."

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