Swansea City's run of Premier League games without a win was extended to five as they were held to a goalless draw by resurgent Southampton at the Liberty stadium. The brilliant sunshine inspired a bright start with Michu going close but it was the visitors who had the best claim to a first half goal.
It came when Swans keeper Vorm seemed to drop the ball on the line under pressure from Adam Lallana but referee Mark Halsey ruled no goal.
Laudrup, despite really needing to get the three points today to realise his ambition of a top ten place, managed to remain optimistic:
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has been in charge of the Saints since taking over from Nigel Adkins in January.The Saints have played the last six games without losing and maybe created the best chances in the game with two great saves by Vorm, but in the second half, it was the Swans applying all the pressure driven on by Leon Britton in midfield.
The Swans met an inspired foe in the shape of Artur Borac, the Saints keeper who denied Dyer,Michu and De Guzman to ensure the game ended in a goalless draw.
Saints Boss Pochettino , speaking through an interpreter admitted it wasn't one of their best games
But back to Swansea and star player Michu who has booted in 21 goals since his 2.2 million pound move from Rayo Vallecano was the subject of a lot of twitter chat this week after being left out of the nominations for the PFA Player of the Year Awards. True the six man short list included luminaries such as Van Persie, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez but Michael Ladrup believes he has done enough in his first season to be among the greats.
And just before the game ended there was much mirth , when ref Mark Halsey was sent spinning after a knock from Jay Rodriguez, lightening up the feeling of stalemate from the afternoons game.