Michael Laudrup salutes Swansea City new boy Alvaro Vazquez
MICHAEL Laudrup has paid tribute to Alvaro Vazquez after Swansea City's new striker made a winning start at Crystal Palace.
Vazquez marked his first appearance in English football with a fine assist, the on-loan Getafe man picking out Nathan Dyer for Swansea's second goal after seeing his initial shot saved by Julian Speroni.
But the 22-year-old blotted his copybook somewhat just a few minutes later when he wasted a golden chance to make it 3-0, lofting the ball into the stands when he had only the keeper to beat.
Laudrup concedes that Vazquez ought to have his first Swansea goal on the board after that opportunity — but insists his latest recruit can be happy with his performance at Selhurst Park.
"I thought Alvaro did well on his debut," Laudrup said.
"He did what I asked him to do and he had a very good assist.
"He arrived in that situation because of his movement and he set up the second goal.
"He then had a chance himself and he should really have scored a goal, but overall he did what I asked of him.
"For his first game I think he did very well."
Laudrup preferred Vazquez to £12 million man Wilfried Bony.
The Ivorian was given a rest after his fine performance in Valencia — but Laudrup also believed Vazquez's mobility would be useful at Selhurst Park.
"I felt Alvaro would give us an advantage against the Crystal Palace backline," he added.
"I thought they would play high up the field and try to press us because they knew we had just come back from Valencia. In the end it didn't really work out that way.
"We dominated the game so much that we didn't need Alvaro to make those runs."
Vazquez was not the only who missed an opportunity to score at Palace.
Michu was left frustrated that he did not add to his tally after putting Swansea ahead inside 90 seconds, while the likes of Ben Davies, Angel Rangel and Chico Flores all had decent efforts at goal.
And Laudrup conceded that better finishing will be required from his Swansea side as the season goes on.
"Winning 2-0 was good for us, but you really need to get the third to be safe and we had the chances to do that," he said.
"The other team can score from a set-piece and suddenly anything can happen, especially when they have the crowd on their side.
"We should have scored one or two more on Sunday.
"It's not that I am desperate to win 4-0 or 5-0, but getting to 3-0 makes the game completely different."