Laudrup: Draw was right result

9th December 2013

Michael Laudrup believes a draw was a fair result in a game that 'neither side deserved to win' at the Liberty Stadium.

In the first Barclays Premier League encounter between Swansea City and Hull City, both sides took a point after 90 minutes ended with the score-line level at 1-1.

Danny Graham, on his first return to the Liberty since leaving in January, opened the scoring for Hull before Chico's 60th minute goal levelled the scores.

Just nine minutes into the first-half, Graham put the visitors in front with a well-taken volley after Ahmed Elmohamady's inviting cross found the striker lurking at the far post.

The Tigers held strong for the remainder of the first-half, but Chico managed to get the Swans back on terms after he turned in a fantastic drilled cross by Jonjo Shelvey, right on the hour-mark.

The draw means that Laudrup's side leapfrog Aston Villa into 10th position in the Barclays Premier League, edging ahead on goal difference, with both sides level on 19 points, and the Swans boss believes that tonight's draw was the fairest result.

"In 90 minutes, there wasn't much in it," said Laudrup. "I don't think either of us can claim we deserved all three points.

"I think the first half we played too slow - the movement of the ball was too slow. We didn't make the runs behind their back line.

"And if it was difficult at 0-0, it got even more difficult when they scored the goal. They are a very well organised defensive team, and I think it was quite easy for them to defend.

"The second-half was better, with a little more movement and higher ball speed. We got the equaliser and maybe could have got the win with the chance from Michu, but, to be fair, they came for one point and they got it, and I really don't think we created enough to deserve the three points, so it's a fair result.

"We had one big chance, apart from our goal, and they had one appeal for a penalty, apart from their goal, so there wasn't much in it.

Today, we had Michu back, but in midfield we played too slow in the first half. Hull are a very well organised team, who give you no space at all.

What is positive is that, in the first half, we definitely didn't play near what we can do, and in the second half we played slightly better, but still not at our best, but we still got a point against a very well organised side. I have to be satisfied with that.

"We move up the table, going to 19 points with four games to play of the first-half of the season."

And the Great Dane had news regarding Michel Vorm, who was forced out of tonight's squad with a knee injury, and Wilfried Bony, who remained absent with a hamstring injury.

"Michel's knee is swollen, and he has had a scan today. He can go on, but I think at some point we will have to make a decision at a certain point that he needs surgery. We're not talking a long period of absence - maybe four or five weeks, maybe a little less.

"Bony is a little better, but we have to be careful because we are talking about a muscle injury. With a muscle injury, if you come back one day too early, you could have a setback and be out for four weeks. We don't want that."

Meanwhile, Hull City boss Steve Bruce was pleased that Graham was able to grab a goal against his former club and that tonight's result was a point gained for his side.

"We know how difficult it is away from home in the Premier League, and I think it's only Manchester United who we haven't played out of the top ten, so it's got to be a good point," said Bruce.

"Today will have done him [Graham] the world of good. He had a great time here, and let's hope now that he can get off and running."