Swansea boss Michael Laudrup happy to still be in FA Cup and Europa League
Michael Laudrup dismissed suggestions that Swansea's hopes of avoiding relegation would be improved by an FA Cup exit.
Last Updated: 26/01/14 2:12pm
The Premier League strugglers bounced back from a poor first-half performance at Birmingham to seal a place in the fifth round with a 2-1 victory on Saturday.
Substitute Wilfried Bony's quickfire brace earned the win for the Swans, who now face a crucial league clash against fellow strugglers Fulham on Tuesday.
Swansea are just three points clear of the drop zone having not won any of their last eight league games, but Laudrup insists their FA Cup and Europa League commitments are a welcome distraction.
"This result gives us confidence, even if this is another competition, which might be seen as a downside by some," said the Swans boss.
"In our case, we are still in three competitions. Is that good or bad? I think it is a good thing, as it gives your players games and experience.
"I understand some people think it would be better to concentrate on one - the Premier League - but I still believe it is always better to win games than to lose no matter what competition.
"I'm very happy. It would have been very bad in our situation to have had to face a replay.
"That would have meant five consecutive midweek games for us with Premier League games and our Europa League games against Napoli coming up. But we recovered well to get the win."
A training ground row between Chico Flores and Garry Monk sparked rumours of disquiet in the Swansea camp, but Laudrup has no concerns over his squad's unity.
"It is about leadership, you always need that in a team in every moment, you need it most when you are behind or not doing well," he said
"It is easy to be a leader at 3-0 up and talk a lot on the pitch, but that is still an area we can improve a lot, to help each other with one or two words.
"If you can, say things to help another player see things that he perhaps can't. We have to help each other.
"In this situation, things can get worse before they get better and in the first half here it was very difficult but we came through it and now we need to win on Tuesday."