Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers’ praise for ‘no fear’ Norwich City

Brendan Rodgers was keen to retain a sense of perspective after Norwich City completed a rare Premier League double over Swansea.

The Canaries became only the second side after champions Manchester United this season to leave Wales with three league points after edging a frantic tussle at the Liberty Stadium.

Rodgers' men have mixed it with all the other Champions League-chasing contenders and the Northern Irish boss remains delighted with how the Swans have adapted to top flight combat under his guidance.

'Listen, we have had so many good days here that every now and then we'll have a disappointing one,' he said. 'Our idea was to get a job done today and we didn't, but I can't complain.

'The players have been incredible and like I say we'll just have to absorb that and take it into the next game motivated to do well.

'Congratulations to Norwich, they have come here and ended up getting the three points and this is a tough place to come.

'That is also a big credit to my players that this far into the season, well into February, we have only lost two games at home for a promoted team. We'll move on and take our medicine.'

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Rodgers felt the game hinged on Norwich's two goal salvo immediately after the interval.

'I was disappointed because when we score two goals at home we don't expect to lose the game,' he said.

'It was a close first half. We scored an outstanding goal and nearly went 2-0 up but for an excellent challenge from Elliott Ward on Danny Graham but then we go to sleep in the first period of the second half.

'Norwich is a team who score goals so when you go to sleep and you don't do your job they will punish you.

'But from that moment when it went to 3-1 I felt we came back into the game and were probably unfortunate at the end not to get something from it.

'We had chances to score goals. We had a penalty and we looked to have another clear penalty when the lad handled the ball from the cross in the box.'

Rodgers was left to rue the injury absence of key Welsh international midfielder Joe Allen for the latest in a growing series of classic encounters against a side they followed out of the Championship last summer.

'I know Norwich from the past few seasons and they are very much like ourselves. They play without any fear. They have good players who score goals and we didn't deal with that,' he said.

'First half, very even, but I always felt it was going to be a tight game because both teams have been brilliant this season. We weren't at our best today, don't get me wrong, we missed Joe Allen I felt, I think you can see the qualities he brings into the group.

'He was just too much of a risk for us. If we had played him he could have ended up being out for six weeks but if we had a game next week he would be fit.

'Young Josh (McEachran) came in and gets a wee taste of the Premier League with us in a game we could have got something from.'

Rodgers confirmed Allen will still fly out with the rest of his squad for a much-needed sunshine break in Tenerife designed to equip the Swans for the defining part of the campaign prior to facing Stoke on February 25.

'He just has a little grade one tear (in his hamstring), which is not very serious,' said Rodgers.

'We had a scan on it Thursday. He could have played some part in the game. He has just felt a little tightness at the top of his hamstring for the last couple of weeks so we just needed to see how serious it was.

'He is too important a player to risk, but he is coming to Spain with us. It isn't overly serious but sometimes hamstrings can keep you out for five to six weeks.

'We felt the players and the staff deserved a break. Lots of teams go away. We just felt at this moment it would be good to go away and get refreshed.

'Some of the players will be on international duty at the end of February and then we are straight into the run in March and April and hopefully staying in the league.'