Leon: Penalty decision frustrating
10th November 2013
Leon Britton said the Swans felt "frustrated" after conceding a stoppage-time penalty to Stoke at the Liberty.
Michael Laudrup's men fought back from two goals down to lead 3-2 going into injury time.
But Wayne Routledge was penalised for handball following a Stoke corner, and Charlie Adam stepped up to earn the Potters a share of the spoils.
Prior to that, Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ireland gave the visitors a first-half advantage, but Swansea roared back through Wilfried Bony and substitute Nathan Dyer.
Bony grabbed his second with three minutes to play with what looked like the winner - but there was a sting in the tale.
"I thought maybe he'd given the penalty against me on the line, even though I cleared it with my belly," said Britton.
"Then I saw the reaction of their players and I thought he had given a goal kick. Then I saw he had pointed to the spot even though not one player had appealed for a penalty.
"I haven't seen the replay, but I honestly can't see where it has come from to be honest. It is very frustrating, especially when a draw feels like a defeat even though we were 2-0 down."
The Swans looked like they might extend their recent run to just one win in six following the first half at the Liberty.
But after a strong second-half display from Laudrup's men, a second home win of the campaign looked likely as Wilfried Bony struck late on.
However, following last Sunday's derby defeat to Cardiff and the midweek setback against Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League, Britton feels as though the Swans displayed their true colours with a stirring comeback.
"We were fantastic in the second half," he said. "I think with the character we showed we deserved all three points.
"They only really came back into the game in the final two or three minutes.
"All the lads are down but we must take the positives from that second half and the spirit we showed.
"Everyone played their part, and the substitutes did great when they came on as well.
"It was important that we showed a bit of passion and fight after last weekend - and I think we have done that this week."