VIDEO: Michael Laudrup: St Gallen unlucky not to get a point in Europa League clash with Swansea City at Liberty Stadium
MICHAEL Laudrup admitted St Gallen were unlucky not to leave the Liberty Stadium with a point after Swansea City made it two wins from two with a 1-0 victory in the Europa League.
Swansea followed up their superb 3-0 win at Valencia a fortnight ago with a defeat of the Swiss side last night — but it was altogether tougher than on that amazing night in Spain.
St Gallen started the better of the two sides and should have gone ahead early on when they were awarded a penalty, only for Goran Karanovic to send a tame effort straight at Gerhard Tremmel.
The visitors had other chances in the first period as they pressured Swansea into conceding possession.
But Swansea looked more composed after the interval and broke the deadlock when Wayne Routledge added the final touch after a Wilfried Bony shot was parried by keeper Daniel Lopar.
“Laudrup said: “We saw today they are a very good team.
“They played well and maybe deserved a little more. I can’t say they surprised me.
“I’ve seen a few of their games and they play really well.”
The Swansea boss was less impressed with the performance of referee Duarte Gamos, who ignored appeals for a penalty in the first half when Michu suffered a nasty cut to the head after Stephane Besle’s high boot left blood dripping from the forward’s head.
“I imagine being an international referee he is good,” he added.
“But today he didn’t have a very good game. Hopefully he will have a better one next time.”