There was a bit of a familiar feeling following Swansea City's 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors had dominated the ball, carved out all the chances and were the better side for the majority of the 90 minutes on Teesside.

At Barnsley a few weeks previous, Swansea had to remain patient well into the second half before they were able to break down a stubborn Tykes side.

That day Olivier Ntcham and Jamie Paterson struck late in the piece to give Russell Martin's men the three points.

Yesterday, against new manager Chris Wilder's Boro, the cards didn't fall their way.

It wasn't for the lack of trying, mind.

Martin, in his post-match press conference, came armed with stats to illustrate the complete dominance the visitors displayed.

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"We are facing different problems every week, how teams approach it," he said.

"In the last two weeks there have been four games with very different approaches from each team.

"Today was back to a high press, trying to stop us getting into some sort of rhythm and flow.

"But the players have coped brilliantly with everything they've had to come across.

"Barnsley and Reading were different games, Blackpool was similar to today, and the players are prepared.

"We work relentlessly and hard on trying to give the players as much clarity as belief in what they're doing on a Saturday.

"So we try to live those moments as much as we can Monday to Friday, and I thought they coped with it brilliantly.

"The context of this game was not that we were posed lots and lots of problems.

"They had two shots on target at home. I think we had 15 shots, 10 inside the box and five on target. The context is we were very, very good, we conceded a poor goal and we don't quite finish them."

The head coach bemoaned his side's lack of clinical edge, describing it as "outrageous" that despite creating so many chances they left the Riverside with nothing to show for their efforts.

Ryan Manning hit the bar, Joel Piroe had one cleared off the line and Paterson was denied what looked like a clear penalty just before the break.

“I’m really disappointed we’ve lost the game. I don’t think there’s any way we deserved to lose the game today," Martin added.

"We were fighting for control in the first half, against a team that are really, really aggressive in their approach. They made it hard for us, but I thought we still had some semblance of control.

“I thought they had one moment and scored, and only had two shots on target all game. In the second half we were so dominant and created so many chances. You can’t create that much away from home and not take a point away, it’s outrageous.

“We get punished for conceding a really poor goal, which is frustrating. Two mistakes led to the goal, but on the whole the lads have defended brilliantly. Second half, I thought we were outstanding, I’ll take that performance. But we’ve been punished for one really poor moment and not being clinical enough in front of goal.”

No-one can deny that Piroe has been one of the best signings Swansea have made in many a year. The Dutchman arrived with a seven-figure price tag and expectation was immediately placed on his shoulders. He has delivered - and then some. But sometimes chances just don't go your way.

Michael Obafemi came on in an effort to turn dominance into goals but the truth of the matter is Swansea require more guile and ruthlessness in the final third of the pitch.

Piroe and Paterson have been providing the majority of goals and assists so far this term, with Ntcham still getting up to speed with his fitness.

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Martin's stats point to Swansea creating chances but not taking them.

Swansea have been linked with Arsenal's Folarin Balogun and Manchester City's James McAtee, although links with the former are understood to be wide of the mark.

McAtee would certainly provide more creativity to Swansea's attack, though where Martin would fit him in alongside Paterson and Ntcham would be a bit of a head-scratcher. However, a striker to take the strain off Piroe's shoulders would go some way to improve the clinicalness of Martin's team.

The main point is Swansea are travelling in the right direction. They certainly didn't deserve to lose.

They are 14th in the Championship table, albeit just six points off the top six in a division Wilder labelled "crackers" yesterday.

The Boro boss isn't wrong, but one suspects if Swansea want to be in the play-off running come May, they will need attacking reinforcements next month.

Despite being the better side against Boro - and against most teams so far this term - that much is obvious.

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