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Sunday 23 September 2018

Laudrup rages at ref

MICHAEL LAUDRUP could barely contain his frustration after seeing Swansea concede a stoppage-time equaliser for the third time in four games.

A thrilling Liberty Stadium meeting with Stoke ended in a 3-3 draw, a result which had looked unlikely when Stoke roared into a 2-0 first-half lead as Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ireland produced composed finishes.

But Wilfried Bony got one back early in the second half, before Nathan Dyer levelled and Ivorian Bony struck his 10th goal of the season to put Swansea ahead with four minutes to go.

However, the Swans, who had let leads slip in the dying moments of both Europa League meetings with Kuban Krasnodar, were denied again when referee Robert Madley, taking charge of only his third Premier League game, decided Wayne Routledge had handled after Steven Nzonzi flicked on a Robert Huth header. Substitute Charlie Adam made no mistake from the spot as the Potters snatched a point.

Laudrup said: "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."

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