Huw Jenkins reveals delight for Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup
HUW Jenkins has expressed his delight for Michael Laudrup after victory over his predecessor sent Swansea City into the last eight of the League Cup for the first time in their history.
Swansea are dreaming of a trip to Wembley having been handed a home quarter-final clash with Middlesbrough following Wednesday's rousing triumph over Liverpool.
Laudrup made a statement of intent by picking a strong side at Anfield, and Swansea got their rewards with a 3-1 success over former boss Brendan Rodgers's team.
"It's great to be in the quarter-finals for the first time, but it's great for our manager as well," said Swansea chairman Jenkins
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"Taking over and coming in as he did was a difficult task.
"But let's hope things can build now, especially from a good performance against Manchester City last Saturday and now beating Liverpool.
"We are delighted. I thought we played really well at City, but we didn't get the result — sometimes it goes that way.
"But we didn't to do that again at Anfield. We didn't want to go there, play well and get nothing out of the game.
"Some things went for us and we ended up winning, which is great."
Laudrup has endured highs and lows during his brief Swansea tenure, with a five-game winless streak in the Premier League coming on the back of a spectacular start to the campaign.
Stories emerged about unrest in the dressing room last month, but Swansea have responded to them by beating Wigan, giving City a fright at the Etihad and winning at Liverpool for only the second time in their history.
Swansea have never been this far in what is now the Capital One Cup, and are only two rounds away from a first ever major cup final.
"We'd love to have a trip to Wembley," Jenkins added.
"But we can't afford to forget the most important thing, which is making sure we keep winning in the Premier League.
"We are taking the cup seriously, although Liverpool was about keeping up momentum as well.
"The boys have started playing well and we have to make sure we keep getting results and building confidence which will help everybody."
Rodgers was full of praise for Swansea after seeing them humble his much-changed Liverpool side on their own patch.
Swansea led at the break thanks to Chico Flores's header, and were 2-0 up when Nathan Dyer scored on the counter-attack.
Substitute Luis Suarez gave Liverpool hope, but Swansea clinched victory in stoppage time through Jonathan de Guzman.
Rodgers accepted that the better team won — and suggested that Liverpool need to follow Swansea's lead.
"Swansea can do very well in the competition," he said. "I know as well as anyone that the Liberty is a very difficult place to go, and Swansea are well equipped.
"They are a very good side — you saw bright, creative, sharp play with good intensity.
"Their ethos is very much about the team — there is no individual greater than the team. That's something we are moving towards at Liverpool, but that will take time."
Rodgers was gushing about Swansea old boy Joe Allen, adding: "I thought he was incredible. You can see that he has just come out of that team into our team with his brightness and his cleverness."