Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski reflects on his late drama
2nd January 2016
Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski thought he was on course to claim a dramatic last-gasp point at Manchester United.
The Polish stopper went up for Gylfi Sigurdsson's 94th-minute corner as the Swans trailed 2-1 in the dying moments.
And when Fabianski leapt highest to connect, Old Trafford fell silent as his header bounced inches of the near post.
The full-time whistle blew straight away, with the Swans losing out despite another encouraging performance.
"It could have been so different," said the Swans stopper. "Once I got a touch I thought 'wow, this isn't happening - Manchester United at Old Trafford' and our fans were on their feet.
"But unfortunately it went wide and we lost the game.
"It's not a good situation for me to be in - if you're up for a corner then you're not in a good situation. But I just tried to do what I could to help us get a result."
The Swans went into the break on level terms following a low-key first half, but United took the lead two minutes after the restart through Anthony Martial.
Gylfi Sigurdsson's superb header from sub Modou Barrow's cross made it 1-1 with 20 minutes to go - but the hosts hit back soon after through Wayne Rooney's sublime flick from a Martial delivery.
Defeat left the Swans two points ahead of Newcastle United, who sit third bottom following a 1-0 loss at Arsenal.
And Fabianski revealed the squad remains positive as it looks to rise up the table.
"It may be too positive despite us losing the game, but looking at the way we played in the second half we showed a lot of character despite conceding so early after the break," he said.
"We then put them under pressure and played our style of football - we proved we are a good team that can compete against anyone.
"We look more comfortable on the ball and created more chances. Gylfi scored a great header and we had a couple of chances to go in front.
"We can be pleased with the way we played, but not the result.
"When you look at our result performances, our current position doesn't show what a capable team we are.
"It's not a great position to be in, but going into the next league games we have a some more confidence.
"If we continue to play the way we have in recent games then we will be good. But it's up to us to perform in every single game."