The West Ham substitute had his arm raised as he leapt to block a Nathan Dyer cross, and Laudrup had no doubt his side should have had a spot-kick. “I think we deserved more, but on the other hand Jaaskelainen had made two or three fantastic saves, so you can’t do anything about that,” he said. “There was a lot of emotion in the end which was about the penalty which was not given. “I know I always say that a referee or a linesman only has one second, but I mean it is so clear when you have your arm up like that. “If you have your arm down you can talk about hand to ball or ball to hand, but when you have your arm up there and it hits you, normally nine out of 10 times it is a penalty. “Of course when you have a case like this in the 91st minute, there are a lot of emotions. “But we know that the relationship between Swansea and penalties is not the best, even if we got one last weekend against Sunderland after 50-something (56) games. “Not to be funny, but maybe the fans and everybody here should buy a t-shirt to say that ‘I was there when Swansea got a penalty’. “But it is done and it’s gone and we can’t turn back. It’s just that when you have a situation like this, we have had penalties against us for things like that. “It is a reflex because no-one wants the ball in his hand but the rules are that if you move your arm and it touches, it is a penalty. But not today, maybe another day.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who did not attend his post-match press conference, again opted to start with a side containing no recognised striker, and their 4-6-0 formation stymied Swansea’s passing game, while they carried a potent threat from set-pieces at the other end. But Laudrup was content with his side’s display as they look forward to next Sunday’s derby with local rivals Cardiff. “I knew it would be very difficult as they enjoyed huge success playing like this against Totteham, winning 3-0,” said Laudrup. “We knew they would play without a striker and with six in midfield and it is difficult. “You also know they are so good at set-pieces and we had some problems when they had four or five consecutively in the first half. “We don’t have the tallest guys but in the second half, despite not being at our best, we controlled it. “They sat very deep and Jaaskelainen was man of the match for me. “I always want to win but we move up the table and this is okay.” Allardyce felt his team had done enough to secure all three points, and believes the lack of a clinical edge in front of goal has hindered them so far this season. Allardyce told the BBC: “We should have had it over and done with by half-time. “We showed our classic counter-attacking football, but unfortunately finishing qualities let us down. “We limited Swansea to one header from a set-piece. In the second half we didn’t pass it as well as in the first. It’s disappointing. “It’s our fifth clean sheet in nine matches but we have only nine points in total and that’s not good enough. “If we scored in some of these matches we’d be sitting pretty. They were simple chances today and not difficult ones.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup felt his side were denied a clear penalty during their 0-0 draw with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. In a turgid game of few clear chances the Hammers’ dead-ball threat troubled their hosts all afternoon, with Angel Rangel hooking a long Razvan Rat free-kick off the line, while Guy Demel and Kevin Nolan also spurned sights of goal. Jussi Jaaskelainen made two point-blank stops to deny Chico Flores and Wilfried Bony at the other end, but the hosts were most aggrieved by referee Phil Dowd’s decision to turn down a stoppage-time appeal for handball against Joe Cole. Press Association
FAVORED PAINTING CORNERS ROMPS BY 1 ½ LENGTHS IN $75,000 MIZDIRECTION STAKES AS TALAMO & MILLER COMBINE FOR FIVE FURLONG TURF VICTORY IN 56.30 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 13, 2019)–Breaking sharply from the rail, heavily favored Painting Corners was never out of the strike zone on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she rolled to an impressive gate to wire score in the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, which was run at five furlongs on grass. Ridden for the first time by Joe Talamo and trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by Pleasant Strike won by 1 ½ lengths while getting the distance in 56.30.“She broke sharp and took it to ’em,” said Talamo. “She’s very quick out of the gate and we got a little breather there around the turn. She could feel Bejarano’s filly (third place finisher Go On Mary) on her outside, but when we straightened up, she switched leads and we were gone.”Most recently fourth, beaten 6 ½ furlongs by her highly accomplished stablemate Belvoir Bay in the five furlong turf Wishing Well Stakes Feb. 16, Painting Corners was off at 4-5 in a field of five older fillies and mares and paid $3.60, $2.20 and $2.10.“Joe rode a very smart race,” said Miller. “She doesn’t like to be on the rail much, but he broke sharp and he just went on with it…He cut the corner and saved something for the stretch, so great ride by Joe and the whole team did a great job with this filly…She might go to Kentucky and we’re even thinking about the Monrovia (Grade II, 6 ½ furlongs hillside turf on May 26).”Owned by Altamira Racing Stable and Slam Dunk Racing, Painting Corners, in her first stakes victory, picked up $46,500 for her efforts, increasing her earnings to $265,227. Out of the Gimmeawink mare Adorable Heidi, Painting Corners is now 18-6-2-4 overall.Next to last, about six lengths off the lead heading into the far turn, English-bred Poster Girl leveled nicely late and outran Go On Mary for the place by 1 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Evin Roman, Poster Girl was off at 9-2 and paid $3.00 and $2.20.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Go Mary tried to press the winner early and paid the price, as she tired through the drive to finish third by 2 ¾ lengths over Algorhythmic. Off at 9-5, Go On Mary paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.18 and 44.21.