Michael Laudrup has criticized referee Mike Dean for not stopping play when his striker Michu suffered a head injury late on in Swansea’s defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.
A Jan Vertonghen goal on 75 minutes was enough to give the the home side a 1-0 win, and although the Dane had no qualms about the result, he was unhappy that play was not halted after the Spanish forward fell to the ground after a collision with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
“I was very angry,” Laudrup admitted to reporters after the game. “It wasn’t because I wanted a free kick, red card or penalty. When things happen like possible head injuries, you have all the linesman and the referee who can see it. The referee and linesmen were watching Michu on the ground and still didn’t stop the game. It was so poor, it was dangerous. I would like an explanation.
“I just wanted the game stopped in that moment because it was a head injury. He was on the floor looking unconscious, you can’t fake something like that.”
Since the club's last visit to north London, when it defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, Swansea has not won in the Premier League, suffering a 4-3 loss at home to Norwich, and the defeat on Sunday against Tottenham.
Yet Laudrup says he was happy with the Swans performance at White Hart Lane, and the desire and effort put in by his players.
“I think we started quite well and what we expected happened,” he added. “We were put under pressure, and they played really well for 15-20 minutes. Nil-nil after the first half was a great result for us. We had two or three chances, second half I think they still had the ball but didn’t look dangerous, conceding a goal like that was a little disappointing.
“Maybe our passing game wasn’t at its best but we were still so competitive against a very good team at their ground. I can’t complain about the result. We tried our best and that’s important for me.”
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