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Michael Laudrup suffered some jitters

St Gallen 1 Swansea City 0 match report: Michael Laudrup savours moment as Swans do just enough to go through

The Swansea City manager, Michael Laudrup, was delighted to reach the group stages of the Europa League, despite his side ending their Group A campaign with defeat in Switzerland.

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Swansea City's Danish manger Michael Laudrup is pictured before the start of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Swansea City

Manchester City v Swansea: Michael Laudrup urges Swans to show no fear

Manuel Pellegrini's side have racked up 41 goals in 10 home games

Leon Barnett celebrates scoring for Wigan by kissing a TV microphone

Europa League round-up: Swansea made to wait while Wigan Athletic handed uphill task by Hazard Jnr

Neither Swansea City nor Wigan Athletic got the results they needed to seal a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday night.

New head coach Rene Meulensteen (left) with fellow Dutchman Martin Jol at Fulham's training ground

Martin Jol remaining confident despite Fulham struggles

Fulham fell to a fifth successive defeat on Saturday despite the much-publicised arrival of Rene Meulensteen as head coach - an appointment under-fire boss Martin Jol believes will soon pay dividends.

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Manchester City v Tottenham: Emmanuel Adebayor in line to make surprise Spurs return against old club

Striker has not played a single minute this season

Roberto Soldado has scored three goals in his first two matches for Tottenham

Roberto Soldado admits disappointment with form since £26m switch to Tottenham

The striker has failed to sparkle after a promising start at White Hart Lane

Demba Ba could leave Chelsea in January after he was linked with a move to Turkey

Transfer news: Chelsea ready to offload striker Demba Ba in January as long as they can find a replacement

A list of potential targets includes Porto's Jackson Martinez and Jose Mourinho could tap into his former club to replace Ba

Roberto Soldado opened the scoring on his Tottenham debut with a penalty in the 50th minute

Tottenham v Newcastle: Roberto Soldado warns there are no easy games in the Premier League

Spurs face the Magpies on Sunday, who are high on confidence after their victory over Chelsea

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will be hopeful of a start

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Michael Laudrup gesticulates on the touchline

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A look ahead to this tonight’s Europa League tie in Russia

Nathan Dyer has called for a quick response to last weekend's south Wales derby defeat to Cardiff with victory in the Europa League

Kuban Krasnodar v Swansea: Nathan Dyer calls for quick response to south Wales derby defeat with victory in Russia

The Swans sit top of Europa League Group A but pre-season predictions of top-six form is yet to materialise

Antonio Valencia could be on his way out of Old Trafford with Roberto Mancini interested in bringing him to Galatasaray

Transfer news: Roberto Mancini could move for Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia in bid to stamp his footprint on squad

Italian is keen on bringing the 28-year-old to Turkey after his demotion down the pecking order under David Moyes

Michu has his head bandaged after suffering a cut to the head in the win over St Gallen

Michael Laudrup praises bloodied Michu after the forward battled on in Swansea victory despite suffering a nasty cut on his head

The Spaniard required vaseline, bandages, five changes of shirt and stitches at half-time in the 1-0 win over St Gallen

Michu of Swansea and Philippe Montandon of FC St Gallen

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