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Guard of honour for retiring Alan Curtis as Swansea hold on for draw

Alun Curtis was given a guard of honour as Swansea fought back to hold on for a 1-1 draw against Derby County at the Liberty Stadium.

The two teams and their respective coaching staffs applauded Curtis onto the pitch before kick-off at the Liberty Stadium.

The 65-year-old, who is retiring at the end of the season, has given more than 40 years of services to the Swans.

Former Chelsea midfielder, and Derby County manager, Frank Lampard himself had a short loan spell with the Swans during the 1995-96 season making 11 appearances and scoring one goal.

He said he was proud to honour Curtis.

I had a call a couple of days ago about that. I know Alan well and the idea of a guard of honour was a fitting tribute and it was a pleasure to be a part of that. People who work in football so long so often don’t get the accolades they deserve. We were pretty proud to be part of that and good luck to him in the future.

– FRANK LAMPARD

LAMPARD

The Swans – having seen their own top-six aspirations ended at the weekend – trailed at the interval to Richard Keogh’s header.

But following the introductions of Jay Fulton and Declan John and a change of shape, the hosts improved after the break and they got their reward when Wayne Routledge was on hand to turn home an equaliser.

Both sides had chances to find a winner during a frantic and occasionally chaotic final 20 minutes, but Potter felt a draw was a fair result.

It wasn’t from a lack of trying on our part, sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say the opposition are better. Second half I thought we responded well. I was pleased with Jay and Declan’s introduction and I thought we were the better team in the second half. So, in the end, maybe a draw was a fair result. They’re a good team and I can see why they’re in the play-off places.

– GRAHAM POTTER, SWANSEA CITY MANAGER

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