Fabianski: "Harsh" penalty proved turning point
19th October 2014
Lukasz Fabianski felt Stoke City's controversial penalty proved the major turning point of the game as the Swans went down 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
Garry Monk's side had looked to be heading into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to Wilfried Bony's penalty after he had been fouled by Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross.
But the hosts were on level terms shortly before half-time as referee Michael Oliver awarded Stoke a penalty of their own after Victor Moses went down in the box while under pressure from Angel Rangel.
Television replays suggested the decision was harsh on the Swans, but Charlie Adam took full advantage by firing his side level.
The hosts claimed victory thanks to Jonathan Walters after the substitute headed into the corner of the net after 77 minutes.
And Fabianski was left hugely disappointed with the outcome as the Swans looked set to take home at least a point from their trip to the Britannia.
"We feel hard done-by after that result," said the Polish international. "We started the game well and had created some good chances. In the end we paid for that.
"It (Stoke's penalty) looked really soft. You expect to be touched when you cut inside like that, but he made the most of it.
"We are furious with ourselves because we didn't take our chances, but the penalty was very harsh.
"It gave them belief because up until that point we were in control of the game, had the majority of possession and created the better chances.
"But now we have to stay focussed and prepare for the next game against Leicester next Saturday."