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Ash: We don't fear anyone

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10:01 22nd January 2013

. . . Swans defender issues rallying cry ahead of Wednesday's clash against Chelsea


Ashley Williams insists the Swans fear nobody as they look to make history by reaching the first major cup final in the club’s history.

Michael Laudrup’s men welcome Chelsea to the Liberty on Wednesday in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.

And following a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, the Swans have given themselves a great chance of booking a date at Wembley on February 24.

But Williams remains cautious as he prepares to lead the side out in front of a sell-out crowd in SA1.

“We are only halfway there,” he said. “Just because we have a two-goal lead, its not the sort of game to be sitting back and defending.

“We want to win the game and not leave anything to chance. We feel we can get a result against anyone, both home and away, and that’s great for us as players.

“Last season was different because we were new to the league and we were in awe of certain teams but this year is totally different - we don’t fear anyone.”

The Swans have never reached a major cup final in their 100-year history, despite getting to the last four of the FA Cup on two separate occasions.

Laudrup’s side have overcome Barnsley, Crawley, Liverpool and Middlesbrough to reach this stage of the competition, with their first leg win over Chelsea ranking as one of the results of the season so far.

But Williams doesn’t want that result to count for nothing if he and his team-mates don’t achieve their goal of booking a date at Wembley.

“We are just trying to stay as focused as we can,” he said. “We wanted to get the Stoke game out the way last weekend and we did very well.

“But Wednesday is now all we are thinking about and hopefully we can get the job done.

“We know we are not there yet, but we’ve given ourselves a great opportunity and that’s all you can do in the first leg.

“But we are now focusing on finishing the job, otherwise all that hard work counts for nothing.”

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