Laudrup Encouraged By His Team's Character
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup was pleased with his side's character in today's 2-2 draw at home against Sunderland.
After two comfortable wins, the Swans faced a different test today against an organised Sunderland side, and they had to come back from behind twice to claim a point. They also had to play the last 20 minutes or so with 10 men after Chico was sent off for a high tackle.
Talking about his side's character, Laudrup told Sky Sports after the game:
'I think the game showed me a lot of good things about the character of this team,'
'In the first two games, winning five and three nil, today everything went against us.
'First the injury of Neil and we had to put on Ben Davies, 19 years old who did great, then there is the first mistake of the game and we go 1-0 down. We came back, but in injury-time they scored a second goal. We came back again in a great second half, made it 2-2 and wanted to go for the win but then a couple of minutes later we are down to 10 because of the red card of Chico.
'Even then, with one man less, we kept the ball and it was great for me to see the performance of the team today after all of these negative things.
Laudrup also went on to say that while he knew about the style of football the Swans played before his appointment, he didn't know about the character of the side which was on display today.
'When I came here I knew how Swansea played but what I didn't know is what the reaction would be when they went behind and things were not going their way - our way.
'I think sometimes you are forced to pull out other things and I think the team showed a lot of that today.'
Laudrup also admits he'll have to watch Chico's challenge a few more times to determine whether or not it is worth appealing. It looks highly unlikely that a high, dangerous challenge like Chico's today will be overturned.
'I need to see it a few more times. I think he goes for ball. It is a high leg, but I will have to see it a few more times.
'I hope the referee will as well because it's important for us if it's one game or three games.'