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Michu, centre, was on target again to set up Swansea’s win at Crystal Palace

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Michu, centre, was on target again to set up Swansea’s win at Crystal Palace

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Ian Holloway watches from the stands

Ian Holloway reveals criticism of Crystal Palace players following defeat to Swansea

The promoted side were beaten 2-0 at Selhurst Park

Michu celebrates after scoring for Swansea against Crystal Palace

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The historical midweek win over Valencia backed up by Premier League victory

Michu celebrates after scoring Swansea’s second at the Mestalla

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Thirteen years ago Swansea were playing in the old Third Division while Valencia were facing Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Tonight the Welsh team showed just how far they have come with a masterful victory in Spain that will have surprised many, though not those who have followed this team’s impressive rise.

Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly keen on signing Juan Mata for Tottenham

Transfer news: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas set to make January move for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata - reports

Spaniard has been out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup shows he hasn’t lost the old touch during training

Europa League: Struggling Spanish giants Valencia ripe for Swansea and their style

Daunting Europa League debut for the Welsh side

Jonjo Shelvey reacts to Daniel Sturridge's goal for Liverpool against Swansea

Brendan Rodgers confident Liverpool can maintain Premier League title challenge

The Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea last night

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Ryan McLaughlin has been denied a European role by Uefa

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Ryan McLaughlin has been denied a European role by Uefa

Gareth Bale forced a goal in from inside the six-yard box

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