Bony on mark for Swansea
Birmingham 1 Swansea 2
Michael Laudrup heaped praise on Wilfried Bony after the striker's second-half double spared Swansea's blushes as they came from behind to beat Birmingham 2-1 in the FA Cup.
The Swans' poor recent run looked set to continue when Lee Novak's glancing header gave Birmingham a deserved lead in this fourth-round tie. But the introduction of Bony at the interval changed the game, with the Ivorian scoring twice in three minutes to take his tally to 16 for the season. And the Dane admitted Bony, who has now scored 16 goals this season after arriving in a £12m move from Vitesse Arnhem, had got his side out of jail.
"We had to bring on Bony and he scored two great goals to turn the game. It is not easy as a foreign player. I have been a foreigner in most of the countries I played in and I understand that. But when you have a big price tag it is about patience. He has a cool head, you can see how he finished his goals, he is playing with confidence. The first goal is a great finish, the second goal is one you do not score without confidence," said the Swans' boss.
Laudrup also felt Swansea's recent run had affected their first-half performance.
"At half-time we said we needed to relax and we were better in the second half and scored two good goals."
Birmingham boss Lee Clark also praised Bony's contribution but felt his side had missed a big chance to cause an upset and reach the fifth round.
"Bony is in very good form at the highest level, I watched him over the last few games and he looked very, very in-form," said Clark.
"You know you have that to contend with if you get in front. His first goal was very good but the second goal we could have done more to prevent. You always need that second goal against a Premier League team, we had chances, but weren't able to take them."