Harry Redknapp paid tribute to Swansea after our 1-1 draw on New Year’s Eve and admitted: “They deserved a point.”
The manager was impressed with the home side’s passing style as Scott Sinclair’s late equaliser denied us a seventh win on the road in the Premier League this season.
Rafa van der Vaart volleyed us into the lead a minute before half-time and what would have been a key second goal looked on the cards as we created chances at the start of the second half.
But Swansea turned the game around in the final 20 minutes, carved out a number of opportunities and forced home an equaliser in the 84th minute.
It means we go into 2012 sitting third in the Premier League, still with a game in hand having lost only once in our last 16 matches.
“For the first 25 minutes of the second half I thought ‘no problems’ but for the final 20, they started to make a few chances and in the end, I’ve got to say they deserved their goal,” said Harry.
“I don’t think many teams are going to come here and win. I think anyone coming here and taking a point will be quite pleased. They’ll be a match for anyone.
“We’re disappointed because we were 1-0 up. If we’d come from 1-0 down to equalise, we’d go home thinking ‘that’s a good point’.
“Only one team has won here, United, and that was a tight game. It’s a point and we’re not going to win every game.”
The only thing that did disappoint Harry was the nature of Swansea’s equaliser. “It was a catalogue of errors,” he added.
“After going 1-0 up I thought we’d go on and win it but we ran out of steam a little in the second half and they kept moving the ball, passing, wanting the ball and never gave up. Full credit to them.”
Meanwhile, Harry reported that Scott Parker was substituted with a knee problem. “He got a bang on the knee and he was struggling,” he said.