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Laudrup: Win Will Give Us Enormous Confidence

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup believes his side's 3-0 home win against Newcastle United will give his team 'enormous confidence' as their busy schedule in December continues.

It was a much needed win and performance following a poor run of results, particularly at the Liberty Stadium.

What was also very impressive was how the team adapted and coped despite losing their only remaining striker Vazquez, who limped off during the first half with a groin problem.

Nathan Dyer came on as his replacement and he opened the scoring on the stroke of half time, volleying home from inside the box after a poor clearance from the goalkeeper. Shelvey helped to double our lead before scoring a superb individual goal from outside the box.

Laudrup said:

"I thought we were very good tonight. In the first half against Man City we did well but the difference today was that we scored the first goal.

"I think this is a huge win and it will give us enormous confidence going into the next week.

"We have three games in six days and we have the opportunity to get to the 20-point mark and qualify for the next round of the Europa League."

"I think we started well from the first moment.

"We had to adapt from the situation when we had to take off our third striker with an injury.

"We needed ten to 15 minutes to adapt to the new system, playing without a striker, but we came back to score a goal just before half time.

Talking about Shelvey, who scored Swansea's third goal with a super strike, he added:

"It gave a great boost to everybody. I think we saw that the perfect way to play without a number 'nine` is to move the ball around, with somebody running from deep. In this case, it was Jonjo.

"I think the position suits him very well. He`s good in possession and good at making runs from midfield.

"For a lot of reasons, it`s a great result. We scored three goals and kept a clean sheet at home.

"Newcastle are a very good side, with a lot of good players and a lot of confidence, coming here on the back of four wins.

"And after losing one more striker in the first half, I think it`s a huge win. It gives enormous confidence to the squad, going into a very important week for us.

"If we do well next week, we can go above 20 points in the league and qualify for the knockout phase of the Europa League."

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Date:Thursday December 5 2013

Time: 10:21PM


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