Laudrup disappointed as holders Swansea exit Capital One Cup

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has expressed his disappointment at seeing his side give up the defence of their Capital One Cup trophy against Birmingham City, BBC Sport has reported, as the Premier League side were knocked out of the tournament by their Championship opposition.

Birmingham triumphed 3-1, punishing Swansea for their profligate finishing, with Laudrup contending that his team had plenty of chances to put the tie to bed in the opening 45 minutes. “We should have won this game after the first-half,” the Dane said, having seen Wilfried Bony and Alejandro Pozuelo strike the woodwork.

The Midlands side picked up after the break to score three times, the goals coming from Dan Burn, Matt Green and Tom Adeyemi, with Bony grabbing a consolation, to leave Laudrup critical of Swansea’s showing. “We could and should have done better. We should have won this game after the first half. It should have been finished there,” he insisted.

We won this (Capital One Cup) last year and when you are champions you want to go a little bit further than this,” Laudrup admitted. “It’s the first game and we are out in a game we could and should have won.

Laudrup made 10 changes to the side that beat Crystal Palace but still included the likes of record signing Bony and midfielders Leon Britton and Jonjo Shelvey. He also had forward Michu on the bench but chose not to introduce the Spaniard, who scored in the 5-0 final win over Bradford in February.

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