Rodgers rues Swansea's defending as Wolves stage stunning fightback
22:37 GMT, 28 April 2012
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers was left to rue costly defensive errors after his side were denied victory by a thrilling Wolves fightback in a breathless 4-4 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
There had seemed little prospect of anything other than a comfortable home win when Swansea took a 3-0 lead inside 15 minutes.
Midfielder Andrea Orlandi opened the scoring with his first goal in two years after just 25 seconds, with Joe Allen and Nathan Dyer also finding the net.
Defensive disaster: Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers was frustrated with his sides defending
But relegated Wolves rallied as Steven Fletcher and the outstanding Matt Jarvis struck either side of Danny Graham grabbing Swansea's fourth goal.
And Terry Connor's side completed their comeback in the second half as David Edwards and Jarvis found the net.
The standard of defending from both sides was woeful on occasions and the watching Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would doubtless have noted Swansea's defensive frailties ahead of next Sunday's meeting between the sides at Old Trafford.
At least the Swans go into that game mathematically safe from relegation thanks to the point picked up here.
Rodgers said: 'I thought that in the first half going forward we were good, but there is disappointment at our defensive display.
Comeback: Wolves players celebrate their fourth goal
'We gave away poor goals, I said to the players that for the majority of the first half we played as a team. For the first 30 minutes and with the structure we had we created plenty of chances and got the goals. We had three but we could have scored more.
'But we gave away a disappointing goal from a cross when Fletcher scored and then Jarvis scored as well and it gave Wolves oxygen.
'The game should have been dead at 3-0 and in the second half I felt there were too many individuals and we did not play as a team.
'We have shown over the season how well we defend so to concede four goals at home was incredible really. You don't want too many of those as a coach or manager.'
Swansea's impressive maiden Premier League campaign has been based around their solidity at the back, keeping 13 clean sheets so far this season.
Showing some fight: Wolves manager Terry Connor saw his side come from behind
But Rodgers was adamant that the poor defensive display on this occasion was not down to the decision to start with a 3-4-3 formation, as opposed to Swansea's usual 4-3-3 set-up.
'It was with the conventional system we had problems,' he said.
'We played 3-4-3 in the first 35 minutes and when we conceded the first goal we closed the last 10 minutes of the half in a 4-3-3, and in the second half we played it for the entire half.
'Our system worked brilliantly early on, it got us in front which is what you look for.
'Some of the football was fantastic but we didn't defend. It was about individual defending and mistakes.
'But give credit to Wolves, I warned in the week that they are a team with spirit and I know how competitive they are, it was never going to to be an easy game.'
Wolves boss Connor was delighted with the character his side showed to recover from their nightmare start, just a week after having their relegation confirmed with defeat against Manchester City.
Connor, who is still waiting for a first win after 11 games in charge, said: 'It was two teams with different styles trying to play football and it made for an entertaining game.
'Looking back now the opening spell was maybe a little hangover from the disappointment of last week.
'Once the players cleared their heads we were good enough to get a goal back and they grew in confidence and belief and showed our true qualities and possibly could have ended up winners.'