23:14 24th October 2013
. . . stand-in skipper reflects as Swans are denied home win
Stand-in skipper Neil Taylor believes Swansea City face three massive matches as they look to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages following a home draw with Kuban Krasnodar.
The Swans were on course for a third-straight win in Group A after Michu edged them ahead in the 68th minute, but a last-gasp penalty from Djibril Cisse earned the Russian visitors a point at the Liberty.
Michael Laudrup's side remain top of Group A with seven points, while Valencia - convincing home winners over St Gallen - lay in second with six points.
Swiss side St Gallen remain on three points while Kuban are off the mark with one point following their draw in SA1.
Laudrup's side next head to Russia for the return fixture with Kuban and then host Valencia at the Liberty before a final fixture in Switzerland against St Gallen.
And Taylor, who captained the Swans for the first time due to injury and selection, believes they have a battle on their hands to qualify.
"In the space of a second things can change – that’s football," he reflected.
"We are very disappointed because we should have won the game. Kuban are a good team and they looked dangerous on the counter attack.
"They had four quick lads up front and they were a threat all night. If we give the ball away in bad areas then they will be good on the break.
"Saying that, we took over the game in the second half and we should have got more than one goal.
"It was disappointing not to do that, and also that we didn’t see the game out in the dying stages.
"But it’s a point, at least, although it would have been nice to win. We are on seven points now and we have big games ahead in the group.
"We have two tough away trips and Valencia at home, so it’s really opened up in our group and we’ll have to play well to get through."