Laudrup hits out at penalty decision

Last Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:19

Michael Laudrup says Swansea deserved to beat West Ham and claims his side were also denied a clear-cut penalty late on on Sunday.

Swansea came up against an inspired West Ham goalkeeper in the form of Jussi Jaaskelainen, who pulled off fine saves to deny Chico Flores and Wilfried Bony at the Liberty Stadium.

However, the Swans were most aggrieved by referee Phil Dowd's decision to turn down a stoppage-time appeal for handball against Joe Cole.

The West Ham substitute had his arm raised as he leapt to block a Nathan Dyer cross, and Laudrup had no doubt his side should have had a spot-kick.

"I think we deserved more, but on the other hand Jaaskelainen had made two or three fantastic saves, so you can't do anything about that," he said.

"There was a lot of emotion in the end which was about the penalty which was not given.

"I know I always say that a referee or a linesman only has one second, but I mean it is so clear when you have your arm up like that.

"If you have your arm down you can talk about hand to ball or ball to hand, but when you have your arm up there and it hits you, normally nine out of 10 times it is a penalty.

"Of course when you have a case like this in the 91st minute, there are a lot of emotions."

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