1. ITV Report

Low key end for Swans season of success

Michael Laudrup at Swansea v Fulham press conference. Photo:

Swansea City's second Premier league season saw them end ninth in the table among the UK's footballing elite after being beaten at home by a Fulham side that grabbed every chance to score.

Despite a glorious season that saw the Swans win the Capital One Cup, the team couldn't round it off in style with a victory at the sunny Liberty Stadium.

Ladrup's chief concern going into the summer will be the urgent need for a new striker after an over-reliance on prolific goalscorer Michu.

Michael Laudrup has promised that over the summer he will be working hard to find new players ahead of next season's exciting Europa League campaign. Meanwhile, Fulham manager, Martin Jol who has faced a difficult season, was clearly pleased to come away with the three points. He said he had learnt from the last tussle with Swansea when the team played at Fulham and had simply ''parked the bus'' in front of goal.

Fulham's Alexander Kacaniklic put the Londoners ahead on 22 minutes against the run of play before the Swans went on to dominate the second half. Pablo Hernandez was twice denied by outstanding keeper Mark Schwarzer. But as Michael Laudrup's team pressed forward, two goals in the last 13 minutes from Dimitar Berbatov and Urby Emanuelson secured the three points for Martin Jol's team.