Michael Laudrup admits Wigan’s bid to avoid relegation suffered a “huge” setback on Tuesday night, as his Swansea side came from behind twice to win 3-2 at the DW Stadium.
Wigan opened the scoring just prior half-time through Roger Espinoza only for Itay Shechter to equalise in the second half, but James McCarthy soon restored the hosts’ lead.
Angel Rangel struck next to bring Swansea level again, while Dwight Tiendalli netted in the 76th minute to give Laudrup’s side all three points, and the Dane feels it was a “huge” loss for the Latics as they sit three points from safety with two matches left.
He told reporters: “It was a huge loss for them. They have 35 points, there are three teams on 38, and of course they all have tough games.
“They still have hope. Of course they have a very difficult one coming up at the Emirates after the final. [But] there are still some direct games.
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“You never know, but losing today after being ahead twice was a huge one [loss].”
Unfortunately the match was marred by a late injury to Michel Vorm, who after colliding with team-mate Ben Davies had to be carried from the pitch on a stretcher, but Laudrup confirmed he is doing well.
“He’s fine,” Laudrup added. “It’s never good with head injuries, but he seems OK. We’ll see tomorrow. With head injuries you generally have to wait 24 hours.”
Shechter, the scorer of Swansea’s first goal, had previously been on a 29-match drought, a spell which stretched all the way back to October 2011 while he was playing for Kaiserslautern, and afterwards he revealed he was delighted to finally get on the scoresheet.
“I’ve been waiting for this goal for a long time,” he said. “It was also important to win after seven without a win.
“As a striker you sometimes have moments in life where things don’t go your way. You have to wait for a chance.
“As a striker, for me it is very hard to come on to the pitch with 15 minutes, and if I played from the beginning I would be more confident. It’s coming to the end of the season, but I am happy for the team after a magic season and happy for the fans.
“It [his drought] was not easy, but if you want to play at this level you have to work hard, wait for your chance. I’m happy it has come now I keep going.”
Shechter remains contracted to his German parent club and is not sure whether he will remain at Swansea next season or return to the Bundesliga, but admits he is hopeful of staying at the Liberty Stadium.
“At this moment I don’t know what is going on,” he added. “We will wait and see what happens over the summer.
“They will want to prepare squad for Europa League, but I have two more years left on my contract in Germany.
“I will keep going, continue to work hard and wait. I hope [to stay], but I must wait until the end of the season.”