Sousa keen to face Bluebirds in play-offs

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Swansea manager Paulo Sousa has set his sights on a play-offs clash with Cardiff after his side's heartbreaking south Wales derby 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Swans had taken the lead when Andrea Orlandi's corner was missed by Bluebirds goalkeeper David Marshall, but Michael Chopra levelled before the break and he struck the winner in injury-time to leave the Swans peering nervously over their shoulders as the chasing pack close in, in the hunt for a Coca-Cola Championship play-offs spot.

Sousa said: "It is always painful to lose in such circumstances but these things do happen. Football is sometimes like that even though we were better than our opponents and dominated the game. I hope we can meet Cardiff again in the play-offs but now we must focus on an important game against Scunthorpe on Monday."

The former Portugal international also felt his side had had the better of the game.

"After a slow beginning we started to dominate and scored but one lack of concentration allowed them to equalise," he said.

"We had better chances to win the game and need to keep our belief as we created more openings."

Cardiff boss Dave Jones praised the performance of Chopra after he calmly controlled Anthony Gerrard's header to volley beyond Swansea goalkeeper Dorus De Vries.

Jones said: "David Marshall made a great save to make up for his earlier error when Swansea scored but then we went down the other end for Chops (Michael Chopra) to score the winner.

"We had more of the game when they scored but the character of the players has shone through. Chopra is a matchwinner and I left him on because I thought he had fresher legs and it proved to be the right move."

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Dorus De Vries
Scunthorpe United
Cardiff City
David Marshall
Michael Chopra
Anthony Gerrard
Andrea Orlandi
Swansea City

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