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Vorm: Draw feels like defeat

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22:02 7th November 2013

. . . Dutch 'keeper reflects on draw in Krasnodar


Michel Vorm said Thursday’s Europa League draw with Kuban Krasnodar felt more like a defeat.

The Swans took an early lead through Wilfried Bony – his eighth of the season – but were made to pay when Ibrahima Balde netted in stoppage-time for the home side.

It was the second time in as many weeks that Kuban had secured a late draw against Swansea, with Djibril Cisse scoring a last-minute penalty at the Liberty Stadium a fortnight ago.

Despite the setback, the Swans remain second in Group A with two games to play – and a win against either Valencia at home or St Gallen away will seal their place in the last 32.

“It was a similar situation to two weeks ago,” said Vorm. “But we played much better than when we played them at home, so that was one positive.

“We were very strong in the first half; we created lots of chances and had good possession.

“We struggled a little bit more in the second half but even so, when they go down to ten men it is impossible to give a goal away – but we did. So that was very disappointing.

“It would have been good to get the second goal, but on top of that you need to keep your concentration for ninety minutes. Not even talking about the goal, but we need to keep the ball better for the last fifteen minutes.

“But this feels like a loss and in two games we’ve lost four points. That is hard to take, but that’s football.”

The Swans now host Valencia at the Liberty on November 28 – with the Spaniards now leading the group by a single point.

And Vorm insists it is positive that Michael Laudrup’s side have their destiny in their own hands.

“We have eight points now and we didn’t get beat,” said the Dutchman. “It is in our own hands and we now play Valencia at home and St Gallen away.

“We need to win one of those and then we’re there.

“That is why it is so special to talk about what we re doing right now – and we shouldn’t forget that.”

Meanwhile, Vorm had a special mention for the members of the Jack Army that made the tricky trip out to Eastern Europe.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “When you consider the trip they had to make to get here, and that is why I’m happy with the first half because we performed.

“We wanted to do that for the fans and we wanted a win here, but unfortunately we couldn’t do it.”

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