UK time is: 08:45:34
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Laudrup: Finishing Was The Difference

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup admitted that the finishing quality was the difference between the two teams, as his side went down to a 4-1 opening day defeat against defending champions Manchester United.

Laudrup's tactical plan was to put pressure on the visitors before trying to go for the win after the break, but hopes of that being effective were ended by a 2-minute spell that put United in the driving seat.

The defence were left to look very suspect by clinical finishing of the highest quality by their main man Van Persie, who netted a brace. He volleyed home the first, before Welbeck doubled the lead just two minutes later as Swansea's hard work and dominance was all for nothing.

The Swans looked promising in the opening half an hour, enjoying a lot of good possession with crisp passing, leaving Moyes' men chasing the ball for long periods, but they did look more dangerous in front of goal as there were a few scares before they opened the scoring.

Laudrup said:

"Our plan was to put Manchester United under pressure in the first half and then maybe in the second half we could go for the win,"

"That went quite well until the 32nd minute, but suddenly you saw the difference.

"Maybe we could have done better for the second goal, but to concede two in two minutes against United is too much.

"It`s very difficult to come back then. We made changes and we created some chances, but then another fantastic finish meant it was game over.

"If there was one difference today, it was the finishing.

"When you see the scoreline you would think there was a huge difference between the sides.

"But when you see the game, the difference for me was the finishing. That`s why the big players play for the big teams - the two goals from van Persie were world class.

"It happened to us before when we played Tottenham last season. We dominated that game and then suddenly Gareth Bale changed things."


Laudrup also told his players they now have to move on from the heavy defeat:

"I said to the players that you just have to move on after a game like this,"

"Manchester United and Swansea are playing for two different things in the competition.

"It`s not against teams like them where we have to see where we are."




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 17 2013

Time: 10:20PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Archived Articles

List All Vital Swansea City Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. keith margam 100
2. Swan_Lady2 85
3. shearers boots 19
4. KevinE 17
5. ottawa_swan 14
6. Aussie_Swan 8
7. eye_nose_hat 7
8. Phil W 3
9. bluebird 2
10. jonno1 2

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Newcastle 1 - 2 Swansea
Swansea 0 - 1 Chelsea
Hull City 1 - 0 Swansea
Swansea 3 - 0 Norwich
Arsenal 2 - 2 Swansea
Everton 3 - 2 Swansea

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Stoke 35 11 11 13 -10 44
11. Crystal Palace 35 13 4 18 -13 43
12. West Ham 35 10 7 18 -10 37
13. Swansea 35 9 9 17 -4 36
14. Hull City 34 10 6 18 -9 36
15. Aston Villa 34 9 8 17 -14 35
16. WBA 34 6 15 13 -13 33

Breaking League News

The Eagles vs The Citizens
Man City : 25/04/2014 08:30:00
Whittaker: There's Been A Big Change
Norwich : 25/04/2014 08:10:00
Terry Set to Play!
Chelsea : 25/04/2014 07:26:00
Ramires Get 4 Game Ban!
Chelsea : 25/04/2014 07:25:00
Courtois - SOS Call!
Chelsea : 25/04/2014 07:24:00
Michu Set To Miss Aston Villa Game
Swansea : 24/04/2014 22:58:00
Mel Not Phased By The Pressure
WBA : 24/04/2014 21:16:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do you want Garry Monk as the next permanent manager?
Suggested By:  
Yes 19%
No 81%