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Laudrup Unimpressed With First Half Performance

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup said he wasn't too happy with his side's first half performance in today's 3-3 home draw against Stuttgart.

After a poor opening 45 minutes, the Swans came back from a 2-goal deficit to go into the lead at 3-2, before the visitors netted a late equaliser for a deserved draw.

Laudrup was pleased to see his side's positive reaction in the second half, but admitted he had learnt a lot from the weaknesses his team showed in the first 45 minutes.

"The spectators like a lot of goals, but I wasn`t that happy after the first 45 minutes,``

"But when things are not working out like you want, you can learn from it.

"We gave away too much space in the first-half; we were not too well positioned around the pitch and could have done better with both goals. In fact, we can learn from all three goals we conceded, but that`s why we are playing these games.

"I think we can all be very pleased with the reaction in the second-half. It was a much better tempo and we were better positioned with and without the ball. We created five or six chances and scored three goals. We could have had four, but you will have to ask Nathan about that,``

"But Nathan had a great second-half and created a lot of problems for them.


Laudrup also revealed that he has plenty of confidence in attacking duo Michu and Danny Graham who are linking up well, and now he can't wait for the season to start next Saturday at QPR.

"It was the perfect game to end pre-season because you saw how much we can learn from the first-half. In fact, I think we can even learn more from the first-half than the second.

"It`s about building connections throughout the team. For example, I thought Michu and Danny (Graham) are already connecting well and if Danny can stay fit then I think he can score 15 to 20 goals in the Premier League next season.

"I am looking forward to beginning seriously at Loftus Road on Saturday. Friendly games are one thing, but when the league starts it is totally different with points to play for.``




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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 11 2012

Time: 10:21PM

 

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