Ashley Williams dares Swansea City to dream of Europe with Capital One Cup win
ASHLEY Williams has urged Swansea City's history-makers to take another step into uncharted territory by winning the Capital One Cup and qualifying for Europe.
Swansea reached their first ever major cup final after a stirring semi-final triumph over Chelsea, with skipper Williams named man of the match in both legs.
Michael Laudrup's men will now face League Two side Bradford City at Wembley on February 24, with the victors claiming a place in next season's Europa League.
"You can earn money or whatever, but making history and creating memories is what you remember at the end of the day," said Williams.
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"First and foremost it's a good day out but, now we've come this far, we definitely want to win it.
"To be honest I hadn't really thought about Europe, but it's another bonus if we win.
"We know it's going to be a massive game and that anything can happen on the day."
The League Cup showpiece will be Swansea's second visit to Wembley in two years, following their landmark 4-2 win over Reading in the Championship play-off final in 2011.
Williams rates that promotion-clinching encounter as the highlight of his career, but he admits he may have to re-evaluate if they lift the Capital One Cup.
"At the moment the play-off final is top but, if we do win and create more memories, this will be up there as well," he said.
"It's big for the club. People will look back on this team and say they made history.
"We worked so hard for it and we're so happy we've got the win and another trip to Wembley.
"It means everything. For the players, we work hard every day and it's nice to get an achievement and, for the fans, hopefully they can enjoy another day out at Wembley."
Williams has been imperious in recent weeks, playing a pivotal role in Swansea's two clean sheets against Chelsea in their semi-final victory. And having struggled for form and fitness at the start of the season, the Wales captain is doubly delighted to have returned to peak condition.
"I'm happy. After going through that little wobbly spell, I worked hard and stayed after training," he said. "Now I feel like I'm playing well. I'm happy and I'm proud that I took those extra steps. I think it mirrors the team. The team's doing really well at the moment, and that's what counts."
With the Chelsea tie out of the way, Laudrup can turn his attention to the last few days of the transfer window.
Swansea are still hoping to do sign a centre-forward — Stoke's Kenwyne Jones is the top target — while Danny Graham is wanted elsewhere.
According to sources in the North East, Graham is keen on a move to the Stadium of Light even though Norwich have offered more money for him.
Jazz Richards, meanwhile, was last night poised to join Crystal Palace on loan.