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Today's media round-up


12:02 17th December 2012

. . . read what the press have to say about the Swans

With the dust settling after a narrow defeat to Spurs, the media have been busy assessing the game.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed he had targeted the Swans at the set-piece while Michael Laudrup expressed his frustration with referee Mike Dean’s decision not to stop play after Michu suffered a head injury following a clash with keeper Hugo Lloris.

Lloris has also given his views on the incident while former Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland striker has praised Ashley Williams’ defensive display at The Lane.

Wales Online

Villas-Boas admits plan to target Swansea City at set pieces

Andre Villas-Boas admitted he had targeted Michael Laudrup’s Swans at the set-piece.

Swansea shipped two goals from free-kicks and corners last week in the defeat to Norwich while points dropped to Sunderland and Everton were also as a result of set-piece deliveries. Yesterday it was the turn of Jan Vertonghen to punish the visitors when he met a Kyle Walker free-kick to give Spurs victory.

“Swansea, defensively, were very good and it was difficult to break them down, but we kept moving the ball well and we had so many opportunities and chances that it would have been extremely unfair to come out with a point from this game,” said Villas-Boas.

“Vertonghen has been involved quite a lot and his presence in the air is tremendous and persistent. He scored a lot of goals for Ajax from set-piece situations and we knew that Swansea were among the teams who concede more from set plays.

“So we had a chance to break the lock in those situations and Jan managed to score.”

Laudrup demands explanation from ref

Michael Laudrup wants an explanation from referee Mike Dean as to why he failed to stop the game when his striker Michu was left motionless on the White Hart Lane turf after a blow to the head.

The Swansea striker eventually recovered fully after a collision with Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the frantic finale of Spurs' 1-0 win.

But there were angry scenes when Andros Townsend ran on to force a save at the other end, with remonstrations between both players and coaching staffs. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas had tried to stop play, but Swansea boss Laudrup said: "I was very angry. If a player is down we should kick the ball out.

"When possible head injuries happen, like this one, there is no doubts.

"The referee or the linesman, they are connected. It is such a poor decision and very dangerous.

"So it would be nice to hear the referee's explanation."


Sky Sports

Lloris 'terrified' after clash with Michu

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris admits he was 'terrified' after a heavy collision with Swansea's Michu on Sunday left the Spanish forward on the ground.

The France international accidentally clashed with the Swans' top scorer during Spurs' 1-0 win at White Hart Lane after coming off his goal-line to punch clear.

Michu initially lay motionless on the ground but was able to continue after being checked over.

“I was terrified when I saw him on the ground. I had to go for it and impose myself,” said Lloris.

"I made the decision to punch and unfortunately there was a big collision.

"It's OK, he got up and it was more a fear than injury. I asked him several times, he said there's no problem."


South Wales Evening Post

Williams takes the positives from Spurs defeat

Ashley Williams insisted Swansea City could take positives out of defeat after hailing Spurs as the best side they have faced this season.

Swansea had their backs to the wall for long periods in North London as Andre Villas-Boas's side overcame an early Swansea flourish to take control of the game.

"It's frustrating, we've worked hard and we know we've faced a good team here, but we've got no points," said Williams.

"I'm sure if we'd gone ahead we'd have kept a clean sheet, then the game would have been a lot different.

"There are a lot of things we could have done better for the goal. It's about fine margins.

"The club has come a long way in a short space of time. We feel now that we've worked so hard that we deserve to be here. But at the minute that doesn't really count for anything."


Sky Sports

Praise for Williams

Niall Quinn also had high praise for Ashley Williams following yesterday’s defeat to Spurs.

"He is a real leader and has just come on leaps and bounds since he has stepped into the Premiership," said Quinn.

"I just feel that there is a calmness about him. He has this authority about him and he is assuming authority over how the game is being dictated and how it is being played.

“He put in tackle after tackle and interception after interception - I hope Stockport have the sell-on clause!"

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