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

better tempo.

“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.”