Efficient Swans pleases Taylor

9th August 2013

Neil Taylor saluted an "efficient" performance in Sweden as Swansea City booked their spot in the Europa League Play-Offs.

Michael Laudrup's side progressed after seeing off Malmo 4-0 on aggregate, with a scoreless draw at the Swedbank Stadion finishing off the job.

The Swans went close to breaking the deadlock through Michu and club record signing Wilfried Bony, but it was the defensive aspect which proved the real boost as Laudrup's side continued their solid display at the back to pick up another clean sheet.

And Taylor, who was among seven changes to the starting XI that had won 4-0 at the Liberty a week ago, was pleased with the defensive performance of the team.

"It was a solid performance - nothing more, nothing less. We could have created more and hopefully got a few goals, but overall it's a job well done," said the Wales international.

"When you are in these ties, for the first 20 or 30 minutes you don't want to give the opposition a sniff in order for them to create a comeback.

We weren't completely all there in terms of flowing passing football, but for everything else we were there.

The number one rule in football is that if it's not perfect for you, then you make sure you're solid defensively and that's what we did.

It's our first taste of an away European game. It's a job done and another clean sheet.

"We did the job well - we were efficient."

All eyes are now on the draw for the Play-Off stage, which takes place in Switzerland on Friday afternoon.

The Capital One Cup winners will be seeded in the draw, and Taylor added: "All eyes will be on the draw now.

"We all hope it will be a decent draw, particularly for the fans, because they spent a lot of money to go out to Sweden to watch us. It seemed like they had a great time, and their support was brilliant yet again - they made so much noise behind the goal. It give us a real lift."

We will bring you the Europa League Play-Off draw and plenty of reaction from the Swans camp on our website from noon on Friday (Aug 9).