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Laudrup outraged at late penalty decision

By Andrew Gwilym

Swansea 3 Stoke 3: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup felt referee Robert Madley owed him and his players an apology after seeing his side suffer stoppage-time agony for the third time in four games.

A thrilling Liberty Stadium encounter ended in a 3-3 draw, a result which had looked unlikely when Stoke roared into a 2-0 first-half lead through Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ireland.

But Wilfried Bony got one back early in the second-half, before Nathan Dyer levelled and the Ivorian struck his 10th goal of the season to put Swansea ahead with four minutes to go.

However, the Swans, who had let leads slip in the dying moments of both Europa League meetings with Kuban Krasnodar, were denied again when Madley decided Wayne Routledge had handled inside the area.

Substitute Charlie Adam made no mistake from the spot.

Laudrup conceded the ball had "maybe" struck Routledge on the arm, but he was deeply unhappy with the decision, despite attempting to be careful with his words in order to avoid any action from the Football Association.

He said: "In every game there are talking points over decisions, but when I saw it again, or even out there, there are seven Stoke players in the box and none were asking for a penalty, apart from Peter Crouch, who was appealing for a corner.

"So there was only one man in the stadium who thought it was a penalty and, unfortunately, that was the referee.

"It would be nice if the referee said 'sorry, it was a mistake'."

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