TONY PULIS pulled no punches after Stoke City suffered their third successive Barclays Premier League defeat in going down 3-1 to Swansea City.
Pulis admitted that the Potters were second best from start to finish as Michael Owen's first goal for the Club provided only a small consolation for them.
Two-goal Jonathan de Guzman sealed Swansea's success after defender Ben Davies had broken the deadlock for the Swans shortly after half-time.
"Right from the first whistle to the last whistle, we were second best," commented City's manager after the disappointing defeat at the Liberty Stadium.
"Over the course of a season, you have your good days, you have your bad days. This was certainly a bad day for us and there are no excuses for that.
"For whatever reason, it just didn't go for us. We looked sluggish and were a yard short which you can't afford to be against a side of Swansea's quality.
"I thought that Cameron Jerome's miss when we were still 2-0 down really summed up our day. We just have to take this on the chin and try to bounce back."
He added: "It probably didn't help us that we came down here early and then couldn't do much because of the snow for a couple of days.
"And we went into this game without three of our recognised full-backs due to injury, but I don't want to take anything away from Swansea.
"The attitude of their players was fantastic. They kept going after they had missed a number of good chances and they deserved their victory."
Pulis drew some comfort from the fact that Owen got his name on the scoresheet when he glanced home a close-range header in injury-time.
"I'm pleased for Michael and this will give him some confidence," said City's manager. "He's worked very hard to get himself fit and I thought he looked good when he came on. Now, we need to try and sort out a game for him this week."