Laudrup: Room for improvement

25th August

Michael Laudrup insists there is room for improvement from his side after the Swans suffered a narrow defeat against Tottenham.

The home side were good value for their win, dominating for long periods and taking all three points thanks to Roberto Soldado's second-half penalty.

Swansea came close to snatching a point when Chico Flores saw his volley tipped over by Hugo Lloris, while Pablo Hernandez curled an effort just wide.

But it wasn't to be for the visitors and after starting the season with back-to-back defeats, Laudrup believes that his side needs to be slightly more adventurous on their travels.

"When you play away from home you can't expect to dominate the game," he said. "But it's important for me to see how we react in the periods when we aren't dominating.

"And we also have to accept that most other teams are stronger than us physically. But we compensate that with the way we play and pass the ball about.

"But we have to push forward a little bit more and make more of the times when we have the ball in the final third."

Following consecutive Premier League defeats, the Swans now turn their attention to Thursday's Europa League clash against Petrolul Ploiesti in Romania before travelling to West Brom next Sunday.

And Laudrup says his team needs to dust themselves down as they look to get back to winning ways once again.

"They (Spurs) are a very good team, but they didn't really create a clear effort at goal," he said.

"We had a good chance in either half, but in the end we have to accept it and move on."

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was delighted with his side's application as they kicked off their season with two wins out of two.

"It was a very good performance and a deserved win. We had the majority of chances in the game and we got our rewards for our shape and overall display.

"Swansea are a team that normally dominates possession in games but today we were able to do that ourselves after the way we set up.

"Overall, its great to have six points from the first two games."