Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Swansea

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The Liberty Stadium

Last Game

Swansea 3 - 0 West Brom

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Williams: Win was for Laudrup

Swansea captain Ashley Williams has dedicated Saturday's derby win over Cardiff to former manager Michael Laudrup.

Last Updated: 10/02/14 at 07:34 Post Comment

Williams: Says victory over Cardiff was for Laudrup

Williams: Says victory over Cardiff was for Laudrup

The Dane was sacked in midweek, with veteran defender Garry Monk promoted to head coach and the Swans responded by defeating their local rivals 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium, thanks to goals from Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins used his programme notes to claim the dismissal of Laudrup, who has indicated he will take legal action, was down to a slow erosion of the club's principles.

However, Wales defender Williams believes the players also have to take responsibility for the Dane's exit, and described the win over the Bluebirds as a thank you to their former boss.

"We feel 100 per cent responsible," said Williams. "You might look at the manager or look at his staff but at the end of the day, you are on the pitch.

"There is a bit of a thank you in this performance - that is how I feel. Hopefully he was watching.

"It was not that we didn't perform for him and we performed for Monks - it is just that he did this as well.

"It is the same team he had and the players he brought in. This is for everyone involved."

The 29-year-old also revealed how Monk had made his players sit and watch a documentary - BBC Wales' 'Swansea City: The Fall and Rise' - to remind them of the club's history and their climb from the depths of League Two to the heights of the Premier League.

"We had a bit of homework. It helped a bit," Williams said.

"I watched it and it helped me. I have been here for six years and I found out some stuff I didn't know, and it helps you respect the place a bit more.

"It's important. Garry knows the club - he is someone who has been involved for so long and, for myself and Leon (Britton), we have built it up.

"We feel like we have built it to a level and we do not want to see it go so quickly. It is our fault. If we pulled our socks up, we could get ourselves out of it."

When Routledge scored the opener against Cardiff shortly after half-time, Williams sprinted over to the touchline to embrace Monk, who for so long has been his colleague at the heart of the Swansea defence.

Monk joked he was concerned for his safety as Williams headed in his direction,

but was full of praise for his skipper's attitude.

"What a top guy, what a captain as well," Monk said. "I played with him so many times. I know what it means to him. This club means a lot to him. It means a lot to a lot of those players in there.

"I think the newer boys, that will show them as well. They believe in the club.

"Ash has got standards. He's a fighter. At times, I have had to try and tell him that he just has to worry about himself because sometimes when he gets too het up, it affects his performance.

"He needs to worry about himself. You could see how much it meant to him and everyone else. It was amazing, brilliant."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Premier League: Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin in plea after thwarted move

Morgan Schneiderlin has appealed to Southampton fans after a thwarted attempt to leave St Mary's.

Premier League: Chelsea hit Everton for six in nine-goal Goodison Park thriller

Chelsea hit Everton for six in a goal-filled Premier League extravaganza at Goodison Park which finally ended 6-3.

Transfer news: Leicester sign QPR full-back Danny Simpson

Leicester City have signed full-back Danny Simpson from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property