21:53 13th July 2013
. . . plenty of positives from Holland trip for Swans boss
Michael Laudrup hailed his Swans side for maintaining their winning habit after ending their tour of Holland with a 1-0 win over ADO Den Haag.
Wayne Routledge’s first-half goal proved the difference as the Swans signed off their ten-day trip with a fourth consecutive victory.
It followed up wins over Gravenzande (2-0), Excelsior Maassluis (5-1) and Haaglandia (10-0), and the Great Dane was delighted with the way his team competed throughout the tour.
“It’s always good to win these games because it’s a good habit to get into,” said Laudrup.
“We’ve only been training for ten days and I think the team looks good.
“We have to improve, still, in a lot of aspects, but overall I am pleased with what I have seen in the last ten days in both training and the games.
“The level is really good because there is a lot of competition in the team. It’s good for everyone that we have competition in the squad.”
The win over Den Haag saw club record signing Wilfried Bony make his first appearance since his £12million move from Vitesse Arnhem.
He came off the bench in the second half, and went close to opening his account on a few occasions.
And Laudrup was pleased with the Ivorian’s performance at the Kyocera Stadion.
“He is a goalscorer, he is strong and he is good in the air so that gives us something extra,” said Laudrup. “He has to get used to his team-mates more, just like Jordi (Amat), (Jose) Canas, Alex (Pozuelo) and Jonjo but he did well out there.”
The tour allowed Laudrup to assess his squad ahead of a campaign which kicks off in the Europa League on August 1.
The Swans boss shared out the minutes between his players in the four matches, and he took a lot from the performances on show.
“When I think about when we start playing, I have a lot of possibilities of change within the team,” he added.”
“We know how it is – we can’t give everyone the same minutes, but we will need all the players during the season.”