Michael Laudrup: This is a lesson for us
MICHAEL Laudrup has urged Swansea City to learn their lesson after their defence of the Capital One Cup came to an abrupt end at Birmingham City.
Swansea created enough chances to have seen off the Blues by half-time — but were punished for their failure to finish as the home side took charge after the break. Goals from Dan Burn, Matt Green and Tom Adeyemi did for Swansea, who finally found a path to goal when Wilfried Bony headed home in stoppage time.
But by then Swansea knew their bid to retain the cup they won so memorably last season was to collapse at the first hurdle.
“Let’s hope that this will be a lesson for us,” a frustrated Laudrup said.
“I think I said after the games against Valencia and Crystal Palace that even though we had won and we had to be very pleased, we should have scored more goals given the chances we created.
“And now we have paid the price for that. We could have been four up at half-time. We were not, and then they scored from the first chance they had.
“I think there was a little bit of misunderstanding at the back for the other two goals, but we have to take our chances. We didn’t score when we should have done. When we didn’t, it gave them confidence that they could get into the game.”
When the dust settles, the fact that Swansea must compete on only three fronts from here on in this season may offer some consolation. But Laudrup was in no mood to stress the positives having watched his team get humbled at St Andrew’s.
“You know my view on the cups — I want us to go as far as we can in all of them,” he added.
“We should have been looking forward to the next round after all those chances, and I don’t think about not having to worry about four competitions right now.
“There are no excuses for us. We have had three away games in a row, but there was no problem with the travelling and we have got a good squad now which means I can change players.”
Only one player who began Swansea’s weekend win at Crystal Palace, Jonjo Shelvey, made the starting XI last night.
But Laudrup pointed out: “You can say ten changes, but five of the players who started here started in Valencia last week.
“This is not about blaming one or two players, this is about not taking our chances.”