Premier League: Michael Laudrup delighted with Swansea after 2-1 win over Fulham
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup praised his side after they battled to a 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Last Updated: 24/11/13 8:45am
Having taken the lead through an Aaron Hughes own goal in the second half, Scott Parker's fortunate leveller looked to secure a much-needed draw for Fulham and keep Swansea over the Premier League relegation parapet.
Substitute Jonjo Shelvey struck a wonderful winner late on however, to not only put the pressure on Fulham but relieve it on Swansea, who were without a league win in over a month.
Manager Laudrup lauded an important win, particularly after squandering the chance to beat Stoke last time out in the league.
"In this moment, especially after what happened in the last game against Stoke in the last second with that penalty, we really thought we deserved more points," Laudrup told Sky Sports.
"Against Fulham, in their situation in the relegation zone, it was a really important win for us today."
Sitting 13th in the table, just two points above today's opponents at the start of play, questions were being asked of Swansea's ability to perform on numerous fronts, with the Europa League possibly starting to take its toll.
Laudrup was quick to dispel such fears however, and now looks ahead to a packed schedule for the south Wales side.
He added: "I don't look so much at the table right now, despite being a third of the way through.
"There are some teams down there with 10 or 11 (points), we're now 15 and I think it was a very important win for us.
"It gives us confidence with so many games coming up in the next six weeks."
Shelvey's late strike was as beautiful as it was important for Swansea, although Laudrup preferred to credit his team with a battling performance to claim the win.
"It was a fantastic goal, but I have to really congratulate the team. It was so important for us but we still played the football we always play.
"We have a squad of 22 players. We had some injuries today, and hopefully they will come back, some of them. But we need everybody, especially in certain parts of the season."