Praise From Swansea Manager – Newcastle Much Better Now


Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was happy about his side’s 1-0 home win against Newcastle yesterday at the Liberty Stadium, and in some of his interviews he confessed that a small club like Swansea could have had a let-down after their massive win last Sunday, when they won the Capital One (League) Cup at Wembley – and it’s the first major trophy in their history.

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Michael Laudrup – praise for Newcastle

Swansea were the better side in the first half and they missed a couple of good chances when center-backs Ashley Williams and Gary Monk should have done better with the chances they were offered.

But in the second half Newcastle raised their game and were dominant, and Michael Laudrup had some praise for the new Newcastle team after the match:

“Newcastle were better in the second-half.” “They had two or three very good chances, but they had the same problem as us in that they didn’t score when their players were at their best.”

“It was probably only going to be one goal that decided the game and fortunately it was ours.” “You have to give credit to Newcastle. They are a much better team than the one we played in November.”

“They have signed some good players and there are others coming back from injury. Yoan Gouffran is dangerous and Yohan Cabaye is a player I like a lot.” “I think they can go on and do well in the Europa League.”

Swansea’s win means they did the double over us this season, after beating us 2-1 at St. James’ Park which at the time on November 17th was a shock result.

But it was only the start of a worrying decline which only ended after we were beaten 2-1 by Reading on 19th Jnauary, and in the next week we brought in four French players in successive days.

Laudrup, the former Real Madrid and Barcelona player,  played 104 times with 37 goals from his country Denmark – from his attacking midfield position.

And after managing four previous clubs, including Mallorca, he has proved in this last year that he is an excellent manager and there could be some big clubs come in for him in the summer, but to his credit he says he would like to stay with Swansea next season as they navigate through the Europa league.

Michael is also a real gentleman.

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17 comments so far

  • numba9

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    we need to get a natural goalscorer on board because cisse is def not one or these, i would compare him to tony yeboah only interested in scoring a screamer ir it means ignoring team mates in goal scoring positions and 99 per cent of shots are wayward. i think he needs to learn when not to shoot, and get his head up. cabs is like beckham , not a very good corner taker. and tiote needs to sometimes pick the first pass he sees rather than use it as reference while he contrives to lose the ball whilst thinking about using the early pass. sissoko looks a very good signing and i think we played well and even deserved all 3 points but mistakes need to be learnt from, and we are still starting at a snails pace mr pardew !!! –

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  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Class act is Laudrup , definitely too big to manage Swansea

    I see him managing either Madrid or Chelsea come next season

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    People on here need to give Santon a break if we are getting overran in midfield ala 1st half yesterday as Tiote was shite, then Santoon will struggle when asked to try and defend his own man and other players running at him, one on one Santon is fine, had a decent game for me and has huge potential, get off the lads back he is still learning.

    People have already wrote him off a s a defender, F##king idiots, the boy is a Rolls Royce of a footballer, just needs to stay switched on at times.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Got no complaints about yesterday thought we were the better team but if you don’t take your chances you won’t win n that’s what happened, santon at fault for the goal he’s no need to b there, seem hiadara once for us n a couple of times for nancy and he’s is the better defender n is only a matter of time before all the fans realise this

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  • JAMSHA

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    if he ends up in.chelsea thats gona b his big mistake… madrid would do good for him..

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  • bills-son

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    check the toastie – Santon is currently a lousy defender – he might yet become a good one, but currently he is costing us goals in far too many matches.

    If you can’t see that you can’t be watching the games.

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  • NobbyNolano

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t help but admire Laudrup. Top pro, top man. We need to push on in the league, 3 points against Stoke is a must and an away goal would be great in Russia.

    http://www.theyoungernolan.blogspot.co.uk

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  • JAMSHA

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    who we play nxt in league???

    Team
    ——————-Robi——————–

    Debu——–Colo——–Taylor—–Mibwa

    ——————-Tiote——————–

    Santon——-Cabaye—Sissko——-Goofo

    —————— -Cisse——————-

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  • outsidethebox

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    davybtoon….agree with most you said except dont blame santon for goal…there were enough defenders there …would love to see pardieu give hairdrier a go at lb and santon left midfield ..europe could be be place to try…imo santon and debuchy are best fullback pairing we have had for a long time

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    The morning after the night before. I think the fans are not sharpening the pitchforks after yesterday as most reasonable minded folk could see our play deserved getting a minimum of 1 point out of the game. Equally there was the usual entrance of one or two “blog loonies” who appear post match ranting and raving, like drunken tarts, about other posters opinions and who then accuse the accused of behaving in an identical manner.
    Nutters and loonies.
    One player we are definitely “carrying” at the moment, well probably most of the season in Cisse -he has been shocking -even having regard to poor supply in the first half of the season. If we had somenone else to play in his position I’m sure he would have been dropped -but we haven’t perhaps this should have been a priority in the January window -or has the assessment been made that we will survive in the league and a striker(s) are top of the shopping list in the summer. We’ll have to wait and see.
    In the meantime I’ve got a mate who is a farmer and is currently demolishing some old buildings on his farm -I’m sure if I asked him he could load up a couple of old barn doors onto his tractor and deliver them to the training ground for shooting practice.

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  • ballerfan2

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Santon is not a left winger!!!!!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12

    some people here are giving some stick to santon for some of our defensive lapses and i hate that santon is a class player

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  • bignes

    Mar 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Worst thing we can do is get on Santons back, every report from Italy says the guy gets unbelievably down and depressed as soon as things go wrong and then he was never the same confidence wise, only this season starting to look like the player he was set to be

    All those slating him need to remember Chelsea, 2 assists and a close MOM performance, he’s a 22yr old who’s played every game this season, of course he’s going to make the odd stupid mistake, until his are Bramble esque then get behind him!

    As for Laudrup, he’s becoming one of the most well respected people in the premiership, surley he’s not daft enough to go to Chelsea, off to Arsenal to replace Wenger in a year or 2 would make sense!

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  • joshiola

    Mar 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #14

    It would be wonderful to have Laudrup as Newcastle’s manager. I can only dream.

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  • true toon

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #15

    I like Laudrup more than AP. He is technically much better than AP.

    It’s not impossible to get him in as NUFC manager next season. The only thing MA needs to do now is to sack AP the moment we achieve our guaranteed status in the EPL.For once i don’t believe that Laudrup would refuse NUFC over Swansea ! We have a bigger stadium , a better prospects of challenging the top four and better players than Swansea at the moment.

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  • true toon

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #16

    For those who said Santon is a lousy defender . I say THEY ARE RIGHT !

    The reason why Inter sold Santon away is because of his Defensive work ! Italian soccer focuses a lot on defensive work. During his last years before he got send on loan to Cesena from Inter, his defensive work was so poor that most of the goals Inter conceded was ironically from the left defensive side.
    Unless Santon adapts and improves on his defensive side of the game , most opponents will use it against us as seem by the goals we conceded this season . ETC Soton, Gunners .

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  • StuW

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #17

    @true toon Incorrect about Santon being to blame for most of the Inter goals. He played three or four times on the left for Inter, and played most of his time on the right. He was sold by Inter because they had Maicon playing at his best, and he wanted to be playing football.

    He is on his ‘wrong side’ on the left, which is why he should have gone to rightback, and the money spent for Debuchy should have been for a proper left full-back. Don’t get me wrong, Debuchy is a cracking player, but was an unnecessary buy in all honesty.

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