Michael Laudrup urges Swansea City to learn Europa League lesson after Kuban Krasnodar draw
MICHAEL Laudrup hopes Swansea City will learn a European lesson after they were denied victory over Kuban Krasnodar in stoppage time.
Despite a below-par performance, Swansea were on course to make it three wins out of three in the Europa League group stage thanks to Michu's 68th-minute goal.
But Swansea were guilty of giving away possession in added time - and Kuban made them pay in dramatic fashion when Djibril Cisse netted a 93rd-minute equaliser from the penalty spot after Gerhard Tremmel's foul.
"It's disappointing when you are 1-0 up and you concede an equaliser on the counter-attack in the last second," Laudrup said.
"You can say that instead of going for the second goal, you should always try to keep the ball - it is the same in the last minute of the first half.
"But we have to remember that a lot of my players have not experienced European football before.
"We are still learning, and that's why it was important for me to get through to the group stage of this competition - so the players could get as many games as possible to learn and get experience.
"Sometimes you have to make mistakes to learn from them."
Laudrup admitted Swansea were short of their best as they dropped points for the first time in Group A.
But he added: "I think these games are much more difficult than people think.
"A lot of people think a Premier League team should just turn up and beat a team from a smaller league, but it's not like that in Europe."
Swansea still top their group, but are only a point clear of a resurgent Valencia side and four ahead of St Gallen with three pool fixtures to come.