The Swans were condemned to deafeat by two headers from Matthew Upson and Peter Crouch, but their manager believes they should have had a chance to score from the spot
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised referee Howard Webb’s decision not to award his side a penalty in their 2-0 loss to Stoke City because striker Danny Graham did not go to ground after having his shirt tugged in the box.
Two first-half Headers from Matthew Upson and Peter Crouch saw the Potters claim their first three points in the Premier League since January 2 and aided them to leapfrog their opponents into 12th place in the table.
The Swans dominated play at various points in the game, but lacklustre attacking and undisciplined defending saw them loose their second game on the bounce.
Rodgers however believed his side should have a chance to get a goal back from the spot after Graham was pulled back in the box by Glenn Whelan, but was told a penalty was not given because the striker had not gone to ground.
The Swans boss told reporters: “I was disappointed we never got a penalty, I was told by one of my players that we didn’t get it because we didn’t go down.
"We try to respect the rules of the game and honesty and we actually get penalised because he [Graham] was honest, if he goes down he’ll probably get the penalty.
“We want to win the game by fair means and it’s disappointing that if he goes down or fall over, like many players do, he’ll get the penalty, but because he stayed on his feet he didn’t get it and that’s that sad nature of it.”
On the subject of his team’s display, Rodgers suggests his defence failed to get tight to Stoke’s attackers and that their lack of height saw them struggle to combat the Potters’ aerial threat.
He said: “We were very disappointed with the two goals we conceded. As well you know the threat the Stoke have and their quality into the box is very good and they get people on the end of it.
“Because of the lack of height in our team we defend with a zone and we got someone dragged out and in the second one we concede a needless throw-in. Coming away to grounds at this level you have to be tighter.”
Stoke boss Tony Pulis meanwhile praised a “first-class” performance from his players and was happy not to see them fall prey to Swansea’s tactics.
Pulis told reporters: “Credit to Brendon Rogers and his coaching staff, they’re a very hard side to play because they keep the ball and they’re very patient at the back and they make teams frustrated and lose their shape.
"So we had to make sure that we stayed compact and we worked our socks off and I thought the effort and the commitment of the players was absolutely first-class.
“It’s very important that we get the points on the board as quickly as we can, it’s a tough league and as soon as you take your foot off and think you’ve got a right to be in this league that’s the time to get packing and get out.
On his goalscorer Matthew Upson, he added: “Upson was, and has been, a very, very good for this football club, his attitude is first-class and he did well with Ryan [Shawcross] today, the two of them did very well.”