Laudrup: We deserved to win

28th December

Michael Laudrup felt the Swans deserved all three points after being held to a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

The home side went ahead early on as Gabriel Agbonlahor finished well from Andreas Weimann's threaded pass.

But the Swans responded well and hit back shortly before half-time when Roland Lamah headed home a Pablo Hernandez cross.

Laudrup's men looked more likely to find a winner, however, as they pinned Villa back for long periods, and the Swans boss insisted his side were more worthy of a win at Villa Park.

"Normally, when you get a point away from home you should be pleased," he said. "But I think we should have won the game.

"Even after conceding early on, we dominated the game, but without creating too many chances.

"We got a point and have 21 points at the halfway stage of the season.

"We are a couple short of where I thought we could be, but it is more or less what I expected.

"I still think we could end up with a similar number of points to what we got last season."

Laudrup made seven changes to the side that started against Chelsea on Boxing Day.

That 1-0 defeat was their second in as many games following a narrow loss against Everton.

Last season's top scorer Michu missed the game after undergoing ankle surgery, with Wilfried Bony leading the line.

And Laudrup admitted that his side need to find that cutting edge in front of goal once more.

"We could have done more," he said. "But it's good to see our attacking players playing with confidence.

"(Wilfried) Bony and Alvaro (Vazquez) just need a goal or two to boost their confidence, and they want to do so much for the team.

"I think we are playing the passing game well, with good movement, but we just need that little bit more at the top end of the pitch."

Meanwhile, Villa boss Paul Lambert was delighted to see his side claim a positive result following a poor run of form.

"It's a game that you'd love to win.

"We are a young squad, with lots of players missing, so I'm pleased we stopped that losing sequence.

"Swansea are a good side, who pass the ball well, but Brad Guzan hasn't had too many saves to make."