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Laudrup: 'no regrets' over 10 changes to line-up

Laudrup made 10 changes to his line-up for the Birmingham City clash Credit: PA

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."

FT: Birmingham 3 - 1 Swansea

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.


Swansea City to face Birmingham in Capital One Cup

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup Credit: PA

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.


Swansea prepares for victory parade

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.

This is a fantastic moment for the Swans and for Swansea as a whole.

After their promotion to the Premier League, Sunday's events open a new chapter in a remarkable success story for our city's football team.

"I'm sure thousands of fans will want to line the route and be part of an event that will be remembered for years to come.

– Councillor Dennis James, Lord Mayor of Swansea

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.

This is an exciting achievement and we have pulled out all the stops to get the victory parade organised as quickly as possible and we're sure it's going to be a tremendous success.

We hope everyone who comes along has a great time, but the safety of the participants and the public is paramount. For this reason, we would ask all spectators to stay behind the safety barriers and follow any instructions that they may get from the safety stewards.

– Councillor David Phillips, Leader of Swansea Council

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.

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