Pools take point off Shrews

BY foxsports • January 12, 2013

Michael Laudrup was delighted that his Swansea side had earned their first ever Premier League point at Goodison Park after a 0-0 draw with Everton.

Chances were at a premium for both sides with the in-form Michu going closest to scoring for the visitors when forcing Tim Howard to tip his lob onto his crossbar and out for a corner in the first half.

The Dane said: "I'm obviously delighted to get the point after getting the win the other day at Stamford Bridge. We knew already Gooodison Park in itself is always a difficult place to go and play and to come in the same week as playing Arsenal and Chelsea was hard.

"We all know how Everton play. They are able to put everyone under pressure so it was great to get a point. We had to come here and play a different way, a way, a way we're not used and to get a point at a really difficult ground was excellent.

"It's been a busy time for us, we played well in midweek at Chelsea, it was similar to the Chelsea game in that we didn't play as much as we would have liked but the players adapted well against two big, physical teams and we got a good result the other day and, again, here, it was another good result.

"When games are coming so fast, you have to use much more of your squad, make two, three, four even five and I have a good team who adapt and play wel. they stil feel part of team I think is very important and you can see that in past two games

"We had one or two chances no more, we knew before we knew how it would be yuo have to accept it sometimes yuo have to accept what type of game it will be and i think the players adapted suffer the pressure of Everton, bnut they play direct, they're a big team but my defence."

Spain coach Vicent del Bosque was at Goodison Park, to check out the form of Swansea's top scorer Michu, but Laudrup admitted that he would probably have left with more questions than answers.

He added: "It wouldn't have been the best game to see Michu in. I know Del Bosque has other people who can tell him what sort of form he's in. They see a lot of the Premier League in Spain.

"Obviously I hope Michu has a chance to play with the best team in world at this time. The other Spanish players here also did well in front of him with Angel Rangel and Chico both having really good games."

Hartlepool started brightly and Steve Howard should have done better than head straight at goalkeeper Chris Weale from eight yards from a teasing cross from Jordan Richards.

Jonathan Franks then tried his luck from 25 yards with a well struck shot which Weale did well to help over the bar.

Shrewsbury gradually settled and, after Marvin Morgan twice forced saves from Scott Flinders, the breakthrough arrived in the 23rd minute.

Connor Goldson delivered a low cross from the right and Jon Taylor turned sharply to rifle home left footed from six yards to the bottom corner of the net, the winger's sixth goal of the season.

Hartlepool pulled level in the 55th minute with Wyke, on loan from Middlesbrough, delighted to see his low shot from 12 yards deflected past Weale. It was the first goal conceded by Shrewsbury for more than six hours.

Shrewsbury, now unbeaten in eight games, rallied in the closing stages and might have snatched victory had it not been for the brilliance of Flinders.

Having kept out a Dave McAllister drive, Flinders topped that with a stunning stoppage time save from Luke Summerfield's header with sub Tom Bradshaw smashing the rebound against the bar.


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