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Winning Capital One Cup would be finest moment of Ashley Williams's career

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

Ashley Williams and Garry Monk at the Liberty press conference yesterday

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ASHLEY Williams insists Sunday's Capital One Cup final will be the finest day of his career — as long as Swansea City win.

The centre-back is in little doubt that the Championship play-off final against Reading was a more significant game for the club and their players.

But Williams is adamant that clinching Swansea's first piece of major silverware would be a greater honour.

"I think the play-off final kind of felt bigger to the boys because it meant that we would potentially get to the Premier League," said Williams.

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"Getting to the Premier League was what it was all about — we were trying to change our lives.

"I'm not saying Sunday is not a big day for us, because it's obviously massive.

"I think this week is bigger in terms of the club and everyone outside the club so it's a little bit strange.

"Speak to me if we win and it'll be the biggest day of my career.

"But I try not to get carried away. The main thing we have to do is on the pitch on Sunday. We'll try to treat the game as normally as possible."

Williams is almost certain to start for Swansea, but question marks surround whether he will skipper the side and who will begin alongside him.

Club captain Garry Monk and Kyle Bartley appear prime candidates to partner Williams after it was confirmed that Chico Flores will miss the showpiece with an ankle injury.

But so far Michael Laudrup has given no indication as to which player will get the nod.

"Chico couldn't do anything about the challenge, it's just one of those things. What can you say to him?" said Williams.

"He deserves to play, but he's not going to.

"It's one of those things. It's injuries in sport, sometimes that happens.

"We'll just be going all out to win the game and get him a medal.

"The good thing this year is that we've got a really strong squad. The gaffer can make changes and it doesn't affect us.

"Whoever comes in will be fine."

Williams and the lucky man alongside him are expected to have to deal with a series of long balls as a strapping Bradford side play to their strengths.

That is an approach they have encountered only occasionally in the Premier League, though it is a lot more prevalent further down the ladder.

But the likes of Williams, Monk, Angel Rangel and Leon Britton have all sampled life at that level, and the former Stockport man insists they know how to combat such tactics.

"I've played against Bradford loads of times, it's the same with Leon, Garry and a load of the other boys," added Williams.

"We feel like we know what we're up against a little bit, maybe more than someone who's never played against League Two opposition.

"And all the boys have watched them against Arsenal and Aston Villa.

"All season we haven't worried about the opposition, that's something the gaffer has brought in.

"We don't focus on them, we focus on ourselves.

"If we're on our game we know we can beat anyone."

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