Swansea City added a footnote of success to their flourishing modern history by claiming a debut scalp at Old Trafford, beating Manchester United 2-1 as Wilfriend Bony returned a last-gasp winner in the 90th minute of their FA Cup third round tie on Sunday, January 5.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was elated with the result, yet was surprised at the manner in which they were able to create more opportunities on goal than their hosts, while also noting that he did not expect his team to produce so many shots on goal.
Laudrup believes this was the ultimate difference in deciding the contest and securing their own passage into the fourth round of the cup.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Laudrup said: 'To win against teams like this, you need to score your chances. Maybe we got more chances today than I thought we would, and I don't think Man United created as many chances as I expected them to.'
Wayne Routledge opened the visitor's account after just 12 minutes, as he relished the service supplied by Alejandro Pozuelo, lobbing Anders Lindegaard after the Spaniard's through-ball. Just four minutes later, Chicharito leveled the scoreline with a predatory finish from an Alex Buttner assist. Routledge went from scorer to provider as he crossed well for Bony, who had been an attacking menace all game and was deserved of his late conclusive finish.
'Bony's goal was a great finish, and apart from that I think we had two or three more chances,' Laudrup commented.
While possession was split evenly, shots on goal weren't. Swansea had ten attempts on goal compared to United's seven, with three on target (two goals), compared to United's two on target (one goal).
Swansea City will have to travel to one of Birmingham City, Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town for the fourth round.
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