Rodgers eyes top two
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has his eyes set on the Championship leaders following victory over Cardiff.
Last Updated: 07/11/10 5:10pm
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has his eyes set on the Championship leaders following a hard-fought 1-0 victory against arch-rivals Cardiff.
The Swans have now avoided defeat in 13 of their last 15 league and cup meetings with the Bluebirds after Marvin Emnes' strike inflicted Cardiff's first home defeat of the season.
Rodgers' side showed enough quality to suggest they can mount a sustained push for promotion this season and are just three points behind second-placed Cardiff and a further point behind leaders QPR.
He said: "It was a fantastic result and a wonderful team performance because to come to Cardiff and win such an emotional derby game is superb, both for the players and our fans.
"Cardiff gave us massive respect by changing their style to 4-3-3, so it took us time to settle down.
"When the game is tight, we have the players who can take it on in the second half and our idea of the game was to dominate by playing football.
"We have youth and experience and we were inventive so the players will enjoy this evening but the job starts again tomorrow.
"We are playing with confidence. It has been a successful day but we now go on to Wednesday's game (at home to Bristol City).
"We don't get a lot of coverage so it was good for the nation to see how we play and I'm very happy for the players and supporters.
"Our starting XI is as strong as the top two teams in this division but you won't hear any talk from us about promotion.
"We have shown great consistency and as long as we keep on progressing then I will be satisfied."
Meanwhile, Cardiff manager Dave Jones is not dwelling on his side's defeat as he eyes three points at Reading on Wednesday night.
He said: "It was a tight game and we made the mistake that has cost us. We will be hung, drawn and quartered now for a week but it's only one game and there is still a long way to go.
"We had good chances but there was hardly anything in it, only half-chances for both clubs and their goal came because our defender was too tight.
"We have allowed the gap at the top to close. That is all. We needed height down the middle and I had to make decisions but now we will have to lick our wounds and get on with it.
"We had a couple of good chances but it was a fine line and that is how derby games are.
"We were a little below par and one bad defending decision and lack of concentration has cost us, but there was never much in the game."