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Laudrup rues draw with Villa

SWANSEA manager Michael Laudrup was left to rue his side's profligacy in front of goal as they failed to turn dominance into victory in their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

Swansea should have heaped further misery on Villa after taking the lead through Wayne Routledge and created countless other chances during the opening 30 minutes.

But a fine Andreas Weimann finish and Christian Benteke's penalty put relegation-threatened Villa on course to take all three points, only for Danny Graham to salvage a point for the hosts in stoppage time.

"We did not win because we only scored one goal from seven chances with that first-half performance," said Laudrup.

"It was a great performance - it could have been 4-0 after 12 minutes - but we know how it is when you don't take chances.

"It means one mistake, one free-kick, one corner or whatever it is and the game is back level, and that is what happened at the end of the first half."

For Villa, the draw ended a miserable run of defeats which had seen them concede 15 goals and score none in the three games prior to their visit to south Wales.

Lambert had his head in his hands when Graham found the net, but put a brave face on the disappointment to describe the result as a huge point in his side's battle against the drop.

He said: "We have been beaten heavily in the last three games so this is a huge point for the future of the club.

"The young lads in the side have been excellent and when you get beaten heavily you learn a lot about people."