Pre-season pleases Swans boss
The Liberty Stadium contest proved to be the proverbial game of
two halves on Saturday afternoon.
Swansea were outplayed by their Bundesliga opponents during the
first half and trailed 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from
Christian Gentner and Vedad Ibisevic.
Swansea recovered thanks to a double from Danny Graham, fresh
from his midweek hat-trick against Blackpool, and Nathan Dyer’s
deflected cross put them ahead, only for substitute Raphael
Holzhauser to earn Stuttgart a draw.
Laudrup admitted he had been disappointed with the first-half
display, but was pleased with the reaction shown by his players in
their final run-out before next weekend’s Premier League opener at
“The fans like a lot of goals but I was not that happy after the
first 45 minutes,” he said.
“But when things are not working out as you would like you can
learn from it.
“We gave them too much space in the first half and we were not
well positioned, and they could move the ball easily through
midfield and on the wings.
“On the two goals, we could have done better. But that’s why we
play these games.
“I was pleased with the reaction in the second half, we had much
“We had better possession and we created five or six chances and
scored three goals and could have had a fourth.
“Obviously you would like to win but it was a perfect game to
end our pre-season.”