Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup said he has "no regrets" over making ten changes to his starting line-up against for his team's Capital One Cup tie against Birmingham City, which ended in a 3-1 defeat.
It was a bitter blow for Laudrup, whose side won the competition last season against Bradford at Wembley.
The Swans had entered the competition in the third round due to their Europa League commitments.
Last night's clash against the Championship side was their third game in just six days, after a memorable victory away in Valencia and a Premier League win against Crystal Palace.
"I want to go as far as possible in all competitions," said Laudrup.
"We lost the possibility to go far in the competition.
"I have no regrets (about making 10 changes). You could say 10 changes from the last game but five of the players who played here were in the starting XI against Valencia."
There was disappointment for Capital World Cup holders Swansea who travelled to Birmingham for their third round defense tonight.
After a goalless draw at half time, Birmingham bounced back with two goals in five minutes and a third in the 81st minute.
Swansea did respond with a consolation header from Wilfried Bony just before the final whistle ending the match three goals to one.
Despite chances from both ends, so far it's been a goalless half at St. Andrew's tonight as Swansea take on Birmingham in the third round match of the Capital One Cup.
Swansea City face Birmingham at St Andrews in the third round of the Capital One Cup tonight.
It' will be the Swans' third game in the space of a week due to their Europa League commitments.
Michael Laudrup's men remain unbeaten this month with three away victories, including a 3-0 win away to Valencia in the Europa League.
There was disappointment for Cardiff City in a nail biting third League Cup match at Upton Park.
Things were looking up in the second half when Odemwingie scored Cardiff's second goal in the 76th minute taking the scores level.
West Ham however came back with a third goal in the final few minutes - the final score West Ham 3 Cardiff City 2.
Cardiff trail one point behind West Ham in the Capital One Cup this evening.
A goal in the first minute from West Ham's Ravel Morrison gave the hosts an early lead with another shortly after in the seventh minute from Matthew Jarvis.
A last minute goal from Cardiff's Craig Noone gave the Bluebirds a point just before the half time whistle.
Cardiff City face West Ham in the third round of the Capital One Cup tonight.
The Bluebirds travel to Upton Park after their 1-0 Premier League defeat against Tottenham on Sunday.
With both teams having won one, drawn two and lost two of their five league matches so far, its set to be an interesting match.
Swansea will have the chance to welcome home their Capital One Cup final heroes with a bus parade through the city centre tomorrow
The club secured their first piece of major silverware in their centenary season with an emphatic 5-0 victory over League Two side Bradford at Wembley yesterday.
Man of the match Nathan Dyer (two), Jonathan de Guzman (two) and Michu got the goals to ensure Michael Laudrup's side will have European football to look forward to next season.
The parade will start at 4.30pm outside the Dragon Hotel, before weaving its way through the city to a civic reception at the Guildhall.
Rolling road closures will be in place so that routes can be reopened as soon as the parade passes through.
Michael Laudrup, the Swansea City Manager, comments on his team's win last night.