“I’m happy with the performance, the players have come a long way and I can’t be too disheartened with the display,” Chris Church, The Swans' interim coach told their club website.

“They have all taken everything on board, it’s just unfortunate that the game is won by small margins and this game certainly was, and we were on the wrong side of them on this occasion.

“But the players can take confidence from how they played regardless of the result, I can’t take much away from the team, they gave everything for the cause.

“It will definitely serve as motivation, Cardiff are a good team with good players, but I think we have a really good squad as a whole and now it’s about sticking together in these moments and seeing where it takes us.

“The fixtures are coming thick and fast, and it gives them an instant opportunity to respond and put the result behind us.

“Obviously the players will be feeling down and disheartened, that's understandable when you lose a semi-final, but it’s the staff's job to pick them back up as quickly as possible.

“There is still a lot to play for and that is a credit to the players for getting us into these positions.”