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Don't look beyond Stoke clash just yet, warns Swansea City's Leon Britton

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

By Dafydd Pritchard

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LEON Britton has warned Swansea City they risk undoing the good work of their Premier League season so far if they look beyond tomorrow's home clash against Stoke.

Swansea have exceeded expectations again this term, gathering 30 points from their 22 league outings and reaching their first ever League Cup semi-final.

Michael Laudrup's men now have their eye on a trip to Wembley after beating Chelsea 2-0 in the first leg of their last-four clash, with the return fixture taking place at the Liberty on Wednesday.

But before they can contemplate the chance of winning the club's first major cup and securing a place in Europe, Britton has urged his team-mates to focus on this weekend's encounter.

"The big one's Stoke," he said. "We can't think too far ahead because the league is still so important for us. I know we are doing well and we are on 30 points, but we can't take our eye off the ball in the league or we could get punished and all of a sudden you are looking over your shoulder.

"Hopefully we'll get a good result over Stoke and then we can think about Chelsea.

"We want to get to 40 points as quickly as possible and then we can look at other targets. That's the main thing for us."

Swansea can now focus solely on the Premier League and Capital One Cup after they were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal in their FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday.

Britton captained the Swans at the Emirates having been rested for last Saturday's 0-0 draw at Everton and, as the club's hectic schedule continues, the pivot of the Swansea midfield has been pleased to see the strength in depth.

"It's a massive thing and we needed that with the games we have," he added. "The whole squad has played its part and, even with six or seven changes, we've got some good results.

"We've been on a really good run. We've used a lot more players than last year. It was quite often the same 11 (last season) but this year we've tried to keep the legs fresh and it's good competition for places. It's down to the players to take their chance and keep their place in the squad."

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