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Swansea City: Michael Laudrup sorry for Anfield 'nightmare'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

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MICHAEL Laudrup apologised to Swansea City’s fans after their Anfield “nightmare” and admitted: “We could have lost 10-0.”

Swansea warmed up for the Capital One Cup final by suffering their worst defeat in 11 years.

Former Liberty boss Brendan Rodgers, whose side were beaten by Swansea in the League Cup in October, exacted revenge over his old club with a thumping 5-0 victory.

The Reds manager revealed afterwards that his first target had been a clean sheet against Laudrup’s men.

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But this game was all about Swansea’s leaky defence rather than Rodgers’s rearguard.

Laudrup left out Ashley Williams, among others, and his team were dismantled in painful fashion.

“It was a nightmare,” the Dane said. “We got slaughtered.

“We stayed in the game in the first half, but then we gave away three goals at the start of the second.

“It was awful and I just have to say sorry to the fans who travelled up here.

“We are all responsible, and I include myself. I pick the team. I left out two players because I wanted to make sure they are okay for the final — Michu, our top-scorer, and Ashley Williams, because we don’t know if Chico (Flores) will be fit.

“But that’s not an excuse. We have made changes in a lot of games in the last couple of months and we have still been competitive, but here there was nothing — we could have lost 10-0.

“I thought the team I picked could be competitive but I was wrong and I have learned a lot from this. I saw some things which will be important for me in the future.”

Swansea fell behind before the break to a contentious Steven Gerrard penalty — although the hosts should have had a spot-kick earlier in the game — but things really started to go wrong after the restart.

They conceded three times in the first 11 minutes of the second period before Daniel Sturridge’s late penalty rounded off Swansea’s heaviest defeat since 2002.

“I don’t want to point fingers, but the first ten minutes of the second half were horrible to watch,” Laudrup added.

“We cannot concede three goals like that — it’s not good enough and we have to learn from this.

“But I cannot say I regret the changes because until this game, we have always been competitive even when I have changed the team.”

A morale-sapping defeat is hardly the ideal way to prepare for next weekend’s meeting with Bradford City at Wembley.

But Laudrup, who is likely to make six changes to the side which started yesterday for the final, reckons this setback will not be an issue.

“I don’t think it will affect us,” he said.

“We will be down for a couple of days but then we will get back on the horse.

“We will look forward to the final and it will be a completely different game.”

Flores has been receiving treatment on his ankle injury at Barcelona over the weekend, but it will be a major surprise should he be fit for the Bradford game.

Ki Sung-Yueng missed out at Liverpool with a throat infection.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  February 19 2013, 9:39AM

    I suspect the NeoNat LeighRichards will be hear soon going on about how Michael Laudrup is not a welshman and should be deported.

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  • MM1958  |  February 18 2013, 9:36PM

    Top Ten Finish likely and still think we are capable of Top Six. League Cup winners hopefully by next week. Michael Laudrup the team and Huw Jenkins will have given us all a brilliant season in our Centenary Year. This blip by playing our reserve team the week before a cup final will be a distant memory. Done many times before by bigger teams than ours. Supporters should not devalue the strides our Swans have made, value good football and in addition the opportunity that is there for every team in the lower leagues and the Premiership to better themselves. There can only be one winner in each competition cup or league. To be possibly one of those teams to be able to do that this season for the first time, is a marvellous opportunity, thanks to our team and ML and HJ. Also thanks to our wonderful supporters. I believe that come 5.45pm on Sunday there will be Hymns and Arias bellowing out of Wembley with joy at winning our first major Cup Final, and I say that with no disrespect to Bradford City, who I am sure will play their part on Sunday. The Dream still lives on as "Michu" would say. C'mon You Swans and the best of luck for the final, though I am sure that there will be no luck in us winning just great team work and skill. STID

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  • chelsea1955  |  February 18 2013, 7:05PM

    Sack him

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  • chelsea1955  |  February 18 2013, 7:04PM

    Sack him

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  • chelsea1955  |  February 18 2013, 7:04PM

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  • nice_nails  |  February 18 2013, 6:58PM

    No need to apologise, when I saw the team sheet I put a wedge on the Jacks losing, the money I won at the bookies will pay for the Wembley trip and a holiday. If you could play a weakened team against a lower club it would be much appreciated, the odds would be slightly better. thanks Mickey and good luck fpr next week I've got a tump on us winning that one.

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  • odinhouse  |  February 18 2013, 3:26PM

    Swan's played all right, its this weekend they had better have their New football boots on . and just think they may play Cardiff next Season. '' 2 Welsh '' Team's up with the Best..? it will have to be called the UK Premier, not the English one...?

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  • Hadoken454432  |  February 18 2013, 1:01PM

    Oh well time is a good healer and at the end of the day, every team in this league has had a really bad day at the office. Inc man United. the problem is, this was prevenatable. I did not feel after the players had a week in the sun and would have had a further week recovery to play a league 2 side we needed to be so cautious, especially when ML had stated we are taking things one game at a time. On the plus side, its not like our regular 11 have been smashed, this was a squad that was by large inexpereinced at this level in that concentration. We need to realise this and not get down before wembley, I don't believe that squad is an accurate representation of what we can do. Many of those players can fill a gap when required, but putting so many of them together was simply too much.

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  • Lynbaz  |  February 18 2013, 10:54AM

    Michael Laudrup has no need to apologise. He selected a team in good faith, one that he genuinely believed could do a job. It is the players who should be apologising. Their abject, unprofessional display was not worthy of their manager, their club and their fans. Laudrup doesn't train his players to perform like that. Unlike them, he has been a winner all his life and, the hurt to his pride and professionalism, was all too evident in his post match interview. No doubt this result will be forgotten in the euphoria of winning the League Cup should we go on and do so but I doubt that Mr Laudrup will forget it and I forecast that a lot of the deadwood on display will be swept out of the club at the end of the season.

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  • hacker_jack  |  February 18 2013, 10:05AM

    We got exactly what we should have expected in the circumstances. We simply can't compete with a top 7 side if we are missing 5 or 6 of our first choice XI, especially away from home. In reality we probably have a first XI that can match most mid-table PL teams and a handful of players in backup who can come in and do a job when a couple of players are out. None of those who played at the weekend would look out of place normally, but all played together simply wasn't strong enough. That said I suspect many would happily lose out on the three points here if we lift the cup next week.

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