Date:Sunday December 23 2012
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup says he's looking to improve his side's set piece defending after they conceded from a corner against Manchester United in today's 1-1 home draw.
In the previous 5 games, including today's game against United, the Swans have conceded from a set piece in four of them, and there's an obvious need for improvement in this area. West Brom, Spurs, Norwich City are the other clubs to recently score goals against the Swans from set pieces.
Laudrup was pleased with the performance and result but insists his side need to improve their set piece defending:
"I am pleased. It was a good performance,"
"They started the first half quicker than us and got the goal, but we came back and scored and it was an even second half.
"In the second half it was very open and end-to-end.
"The game could have gone either way, but in the end we got a great point - a great point not just for the club, but for the players.
"In this game last season maybe there was too much respect for their players. This year it was completely different."
"We are trying to work on set-pieces.
"It is part of the price we have to pay with the way we want to play. Players like Nathan (Dyer), Leon (Britton), Jonathan (de Guzman) and Wayne (Routledge) have the height we need to play the way we do.
"But in set-pieces we will have problems some times, but it is an area we want to improve."
Laudrup now quickly moves on to the next game, away at bottom side Reading on Boxing Day:
"I`m happy for everyone - the players, the staff and the fans,"
"We can enjoy it for 24 hours because then we are concentrating on Reading.
"It is very important for us as it is the end of the first half of the season.
"If we can win that we will move onto 27 points, which would be excellent, or maybe 25 points with a draw."
Date:Sunday December 23 2012
Hartson: Swansea Could Catch United On an Off-Day (Thursday June 20 2013)
Arsenal Not Prepared to Pay £10m for Williams? (Thursday June 20 2013)
Britton: All Players Hope Laudrup Stays (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Opening Game: Swansea City vs Manchester United (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Canas: 'I Saw a Great Opportunity At Swansea City' (Tuesday June 18 2013)
Laudrup Tired Of Repeating Stay at Swansea Claims (Saturday June 15 2013)
Bartley On Loan & Cash In Exchange for Redmond? (Friday June 14 2013)
Club Breaks Ties With Agent But Laudrup Will Stay (Wednesday June 12 2013)
Laudrup: My Intention Is To Stay At Swansea City (Friday June 7 2013)
Jenkins Halts Holiday For Laudrup Talks (Thursday June 6 2013)
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