Late spot of bother won't faze Tremmel
GERHARD Tremmel insists he will not be fazed by Thursday's late penalty disappointment against Kuban Krasnodar.
Swansea City were on course to maintain their 100 per cent Europa League record as the game entered its closing stages with a Michu goal separating the sides.
But in injury time, substitute Ibrahima Balde raced towards goal before being brought down by Tremmel.
The goalkeeper was booked and a moment later former Queens Park Rangers striker Djibril Cisse scored from the spot to earn his side a last-gasp share of the spoils.
That sucker punch was tough to take for Swansea, who looked on course for victory despite not finding top gear.
But Tremmel is adamant that both he and his team-mates will quickly shrug off the setback.
"It's quite disappointing for me and for the team of course, but that's how football is," he said.
"I have been in those situations many, many times in football.
"It was a decision made within a second and this time I couldn't get it.
"I can't say if it was a penalty. I might have touched the ball slightly, but I can't blame the referee because from his angle it's so hard to decide whether I touched the ball or not.
"If I stayed away I don't know what the situation would have looked like. He was coming at me one on one.
"If a striker is not scoring he cannot stop playing and it's the same with a goalkeeper."
The result leaves Swansea top of Group A, with three pool games still to play, but their lead has been cut to just one point after Valencia beat St Gallen.
A side containing six changes to the one who had beaten Sunderland five days earlier struggled for fluency against Krasnodar.
But they seemed to have secured victory when Michu poked past Aleksander Belenov in the 68th minute.
Then, with only seconds remaining, Michael Laudrup's side were pegged back.
Next they travel to Russia for a return match before Valencia visit the Liberty and the group stage finishes with a trip to St Gallen.
Tremmel saved a penalty when the Swiss side were in South Wales earlier this month, though could not repeat those heroics on Thursday.
"I thought we were a bit sloppy and we didn't play quickly enough," said the former Red Bull Salzburg player.
"We knew they were going to defend very well, stay solid, but their goalkeeper didn't have any big saves to make.
"We have seven points, we are top of the table and we have three games left. I think we need one more win and that's it, we're through.
"I was close to saving the penalty again. I touched the ball, but this time it wasn't to be.
"We knew this was going to be a hard season, there are so many games and we're travelling a lot. It is hard to focus and get the best out of us.
"I said sorry to the lads, but next time maybe I will be a hero again."