Tate - We are to blame

Swansea defender admits players must take responsibility

Tate: No excuses

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Alan Tate believes Swansea will only have themselves to blame if they do not reach the Championship play-offs.

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The Swans fell out of the top six for the first time in four months following Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United, to be replaced by Blackpool.

The Liberty Stadium side now need to win their final game at home to Doncaster to stand any chance of regaining their place, while Ian Holloway's men are up against Bristol City.

Defender Tate, who won the club's player of the year award on Tuesday night, will miss his side's end to the season due to an ankle problem but the defender spoke frankly about the club's recent slump.

"There's no point trying to sugar-coat it, it's our fault it's not in our hands," Tate told Wales Online. "You can understand some fans being a bit doom and gloom because we've been in control for so long.

"We have to rely on others now, but if we miss out we can't say we deserved to be there."

However, he added that whatever the outcome, Swansea have had a good season: "We will still finish higher than we have done for 27 years but of course it's not over yet."