VIDEO: Laudrup tells Shelvey: "No need to say sorry"
MICHAEL Laudrup insisted Jonjo Shelvey had no need to apologise after his all-action role in Swansea City’s dramatic draw with Liverpool last night.
Shelvey put Laudrup’s men in front inside 87 seconds and set up their second-half equaliser, but said sorry to Swansea’s fans after gifting Liverpool with two goals in between.
Shelvey said: “I just want to say sorry to the Swansea fans for the two bad mistakes that gifted Liverpool a draw — I thought we deserved more than that.
“When it happens, you just want to go into a hole where nobody can see you.”
But Laudrup insisted his £5 million summer signing from Liverpool deserved credit rather than any criticism.
“It was a difficult first half for Jonjo,” Laudrup said. “He was up there after scoring, then they scored from a backpass and another missed pass.
“I said to him at half-time ‘Come on, there’s no problem’, and that he still had 45 minutes.
“His reaction was fantastic after that. He knew only he could bring himself back, and the way he did that says a lot about his character.
“I don’t think he needs to apologise. Nobody wants to make mistakes, and for me the most important think was the reaction in the second half — from him and from the team.
“It was a great performance from us in the second half, the best of the season I think.
“We changed things a little by bringing Jonathan de Guzman on and I think we dominated quite well.
“We are talking about Liverpool here, who have won three games and pass the ball very well. But we dominated and got the equaliser, so overall I have to be very pleased.”
Opposite number Brendan Rodgers had a word of encouragement for Shelvey, a player who featured regularly under him at Liverpool last season.
“He has to keep going,” said the former Swansea boss.
“Jonjo is a terrific boy and he made a brave decision to leave a club like Liverpool. The reason he left is for nights like this, because he will learn from it.”
Swansea were without Pablo Hernandez last night, and he is expected to miss out on a return old club Valencia with a hamstring strain.
Laudrup also has concerns over Wilfried Bony, who picked up a rib injury last night.