Swansea City must finish higher than Cardiff, says Huw Jenkins
SWANSEA City face the biggest Welsh derby of them all this weekend with Huw Jenkins adamant their target is to beat Cardiff over nine months rather than 90 minutes.
Swansea make the short trip along the M4 on Sunday for their first game against the neighbours since February 2008.
The 61st meeting between the clubs in league or major cup competitions is being billed as the most significant ever as it is the first in the top flight.
But Jenkins insists Swansea's primary goal is to eclipse Cardiff come the end of the season, not just on Sunday afternoon. "We're all really looking forward to the game — that would be the case whatever division we were in," said the Swansea chairman.
"It's fantastic for the two clubs, and for Welsh football, that we are playing against each other in the Premier League.
"I think it's fair to say that neither set of supporters would have dreamed of that happening a few years ago.
"But there is always the view that whatever the result is on Sunday, it's not really going to affect our season or theirs.
"We all know what it means to the fans, but it's common sense to me that the bigger thing is to finish above them.
"Some people might disagree, but I think the majority of fans at both clubs will first of all want their team to stay up and second to finish above the other Welsh club."
Swansea have had the better of recent derbies, losing only two of the last 11 encounters with Cardiff.
They are seven places above Malky Mackay's team in the Premier League table — though Cardiff will leapfrog their local rivals should they win this weekend.
"We want to win every game we play, and of course it would be nice to win this one," Jenkins added.
"That doesn't change whoever we are playing, but ultimately you have to make sure you see the season through and finish as high as you can."