Swansea unhappy with ref after penalty
Swansea City defender Angel Rangel would like to see rookie referee Robert Madley made accountable for the controversial stoppage-time penalty that allowed Stoke City to rescue a 3-3 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Laudrup saw his travel-weary players return from their Thursday night Europa League assignment in Russia to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead before the decision to punish Wayne Routledge for the most questionable of handball offences in the dying moments, with Charlie Adam dispatching from the spot.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup chose his words carefully following the match.
“In every game there are talking points over decisions, but when I saw it again, or even out there, there are seven Stoke players in the box and none were asking for a penalty, apart from Peter Crouch, who was appealing for a corner,” Laudrup said.
“So there was only one man in the stadium who thought it was a penalty, and unfortunately that was the referee, but the referees are not allowed to say anything and I have to be careful what I say otherwise I will get a fine or a sanction.
“I can say sorry for a mistake, a player can say sorry but we have to leave the referees alone. I can't say much more. I don't have £10,000 just to waste on that.”
Rangel also acknowledged the danger of criticising the officials but made his frustration at the decision clear.
“Obviously we're disappointed but we can't talk much about referees because we're always the ones who get fined,” he said. “In this case, hopefully it won't be the players getting punished -- it will be the referee because we have done nothing wrong.”
Jon Walters, meanwhile, has said Stoke will work hard before their six-pointer against Sunderland after the international break to prevent a repeat of the collapse against Swansea.
“At 2-0 up, we really should see out the game," the forward said after marking his 100th consecutive match in the Premier League with the early opener.
“Who knows what happened in the second half? It wasn’t good enough. We’ll address it. A lot of players are going away for international duty now but this is something we have to address. We have to be good enough to see out the game.
“In the second half, Swansea were winning the first balls, winning the second balls. We didn’t get the ball enough, we didn’t press them enough. It was tough, especially out wide, and you can end up on the edge of your own 18-yard box. It was difficult to play against but we should have just carried on what we were doing in the first half. For some reason, we didn’t.
“It’s a very, very tough place to come to and perhaps before the game we might have taken a point, but we will always go for three.
“You are going to come under pressure and it was something last season we were very good at handling, especially at set-pieces. We didn’t concede many goals from them and we’ve got to stamp out the problems quickly.”