Swansea boss Laudrup angered by late decision

The Dane felt his side deserved a penalty in the dying embers of their 0-0 draw with West Ham, while also expressing frustration at the Swans' failure to score against the Hammers
Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has slammed the decision not to award his side a late penalty in their goalless draw against West Ham on Sunday.

The Welsh outfit were held by Sam Allardyce's side at the Liberty Stadium, with the visitors spurning a host of first-half chances.

33/1 Swansea are 33/1 with Bet365 to get relegated this season.
But the hosts felt they should have had a penalty in injury time when Nathan Dyer's cross appeared to strike Joe Cole high up on the arm - and Laudrup was adamant the spot-kick should have been awarded.

"I always say the linesman and referee only have one second [to make a decision] but it's so clear when the hand is up like that," Laudrup told reporters after his side's stalemate.

"If you have the arm down, you can talk about hand to ball or ball to hand but, up there, if it touches you, nine times out of 10 it is given.

"We know that the relationship between Swansea and penalties [awarded] is not the best, even if we got one last weekend after 50 something games.

"I think in this case the linesman was in the perfect position. They said it was not deliberate, of course it's not, no one wants to take the ball with his hand."

Laudrup was also frustrated with his side's inability to break down a West Ham side that started the match without a recognised striker, suggesting that goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was the key reason for West Ham earning a point.

"I think we deserved more, on the other hand, Jaaskelainen had made two or three fantastic saves. You can't really do anything about that," he added.

"I knew it would be very difficult because they had huge success playing like this against Tottenham winning 3-0.

"We knew they would play without a striker [and[ with six in midfield, then [Ravel] Morrison, [Stewart] Downing and Ricardo Vaz Te moving up there."