Liberty goals a landmark for Sam Surridge
Striker Sam Sturridge relished the landmark of netting his first Liberty Stadium goals as Swansea City stormed into the third round of the Carabao Cup with a crushing 6-0 victory over Cambridge United.
Sturridge, on loan from Bournemouth, struck twice in a first-half rout to set up an intriguing tie at Premier League Watford.
Having opened his Swans account in the 3-1 win at QPR last week, Surridge was delighted with his brace in front of the Jack Army which leaves him with three goals from four appearances for his new club.
“To get my first goals at the Liberty is massive for me,’’ declared Surridge. “It shows first that I can do it, and I’m ready to kick on.
“I felt I was due a good night here at the Liberty. I feel I’m just getting my fitness back.
“I’m sure I will get more opportunities as the season goes on and I feel that when called upon, I’ll be ready to go.’’
Surridge was one of 11 changes to the side that beat Birmingham City on Sunday to go joint-top of the Championship in front of the live Sky cameras.
And with the Swans in total control from start to finish, the striker says the whole squad is champing at the bit to force their way into Steve Cooper's starting XI.
“It was important for the people who came into the team to play well and get a good result,’’ he added. “We showed that tonight, and made a statement, that everyone wants to play.
“The lads who have been starting in the league are doing really well at the moment and it’s hard for the manager to do anything.
"I don’t think anyone would change it at the moment. All we can do is keep training well and take the opportunity if it comes – and everyone showed in this game, with some good performances, that we can do it."