Late Carroll strike frustrates Swans

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Swansea boss Paulo Sousa was left frustrated after seeing his side denied victory over high-flying Newcastle when Andy Carroll struck an 86th minute leveller.

Swansea had deservedly taken the lead with a superb strike from David Cotterill in the 56th minute and, with a little more luck in front of goal, could have had victory sewn up long before Carroll's late intervention.

But despite the setback, Sousa was proud of his side's performance and said: "Football sometimes is cruel because, although Newcastle are the best side in the league, we are the best at playing football and we deserved more than we got."

He added: "We must be proud of the way we played as they recognised that we have the quality to operate against different opponents.

"There is no doubt that we are the best footballing side in the Championship and we showed it.

"We never had any luck and perhaps Andy Carroll should not even have been on the field after elbowing Gary Monk a few minutes earlier, but I am not angry as the referee obviously saw it differently.

"We are doing well, but there is still a lot of we can do to improve even further, although our form is now stronger than ever."

Chris Hughton was relieved his side had fought back to earn a draw.

"Credit to our players for pushing it at the end as it was either going to be an equaliser for us or Swansea scoring another," he said. "We knew they were in very good form here and they play a very brave system that is difficult to play against.

"The last week has shown us that this is a very tough division and you have to ride with the highs and lows and perhaps nick points when you are up against it. Swansea are definitely a team I expect to be challenging right up there at the end of the season."

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