Laudrup relieved to advance

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admitted that the prize of a Capital One Cup semi-final place meant his players felt the tension before edging past npower Championship side Middlesbrough.

The Swans reached only a third semi-final in top-flight cup competitions in their 100-year history thanks to an 81st-minute own goal from Boro's Seb Hines that secured a 1-0 verdict at Liberty Stadium. It put Swansea into the last four alongside Bradford - who beat Arsenal - and Aston Villa, while Chelsea meet Leeds in the remaining quarter-final clash next week.

"It was a very tight game," Laudrup said. "It wasn't a brilliant game to watch for the neutral, but it was a tight cup game."

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