Unhappy Swansea City boss Laudrup: Must do better
MICHAEL Laudrup admitted Swansea City must do better after their progress to the Europa League group stage was soured by defeat at Petrolul Ploiesti.
Swansea have reached their primary target in the competition by getting through to the group phase after coming through two qualifying rounds.
But their 6-3 aggregate win over Petrolul left a sour taste in the manager's mouth because Swansea went down 2-1 in last night's second leg thanks to a sloppy performance.
"We are through to the group stage and that is fantastic, but I am not pleased with the defeat," Laudrup said.
"Once again we saw that if you don't take your chances, you will get punished.
"We knew Petrolul would put us under pressure because their crowd demanded it.
"We had a lot of counter-attacks and we created some huge chances, but we didn't take any of them.
"We should have done better. We must take those chances, because normally we won't start a game with a 5-1 lead.
"In a league game that won't happen, and in Europe you won't have eight chances to score. We have to put some of those chances away."
Full debutant Rory Donnelly led the line for Swansea last night, and the young Northern Irishman missed one of the big opportunities.
But Laudrup excused Donnelly, saying: "I only told him a couple of hours before the game that he was playing, and I thought he did really well."
Roland Lamah scored his first Swansea goal last night to cancel out Njongo Priso's effort, but Petrolul won it seven minutes from the end thanks Hamza Younes's header.
There was more bad news for Swansea late on when Leon Britton was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for time wasting, meaning he will miss Swansea's next European game.
Laudrup, meantime, called for action from the authorities after a laser pen was shined in the face of Gerhard Tremmel during last night's game.
"That's something obviously that we don't approve of," added the Swansea boss.
"The authorities have to do something about it, whether it's the police or Uefa, because this isn't the only ground where this has happened."
The draw for the group phase takes place in Monaco at noon today.