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Michel Vorm confident of Premier League survival ahead of Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

Michel Vorm endured a frustrating international break with the Dutch squad, now he's keen to end stop his pointless experiences.

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MICHEL Vorm was asked his thoughts about featuring as an answer on the television programme Pointless this week.

The Swansea City goalkeeper seemed pleased by the news, though didn't give the impression he was an avid fan of the BBC quiz show.

There was something strangely appropriate about the reference after Vorm made a wasted trip back to Holland for international duty two weeks ago.

Having linked up with the Dutch squad ahead of a friendly against France, Vorm was struck down with illness and didn't make it to the Paris fixture.

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Instead he spent days laid low in a hotel room, but has recovered in time for today's clash with West Brom.

"I flew back to Holland, trained late in the afternoon, went back to my hotel room and before dinner I don't know what happened, I felt very bad," said Vorm.

"I was in bed for four or five days I can't remember when I was so ill

"But the good thing is I came back and went straight into training. I just sweated everything out and I feel fine now."

Swansea go into this afternoon's game eager to pull away from Premier League relegation danger, so the word 'pointless' would not be greeted with the same smile should it be mentioned post match.

Garry Monk's men are four points better off than the Baggies, perched perilously above the relegation zone, only outside the bottom three on goal difference.

Already aiming to move into a more comfortable position, for Swansea there is an even greater sense of purpose going into the match.

While Europa League and domestic cup commitments have previously muddied the waters, now there are no more distractions.

Top-flight survival is the only issue to concentrate on from here on in, while a two-week break should have put to bed any complaints of fatigue.

"Obviously we need the points, but from what I've seen in training and we've shown in games, I'm not worried at all," said Vorm.

"The most important thing is to look at it game by game, and the best way to start is against West Brom at home.

"We felt the same about Crystal Palace, but that was a bit different with the whole situation travelling back from Napoli.

"Now there are no excuses.

"We have had two weeks off, two weeks preparation for this game, West Brom's confidence will not be high at the moment and we need to perform from the moment we start.

"We must make sure we hit them hard from the first to the last minute and that they don't get anything out of this game."

Though Swansea are only a little better off than West Brom, the two sides appear to be going into the match in starkly contrasting mindsets.

There has been encouragement gained from performances — if not always results — since Monk took over and confidence within the squad remains high.

Vorm insists he and his team-mates are galvanised for the final push, while the Baggies have been floundering.

"It's going to be hard but home games against West Brom and Norwich, Hull away, Newcastle away, Sunderland away, these kind of games we need to win," he said.

"I don't follow West Brom that much, but I know how I feel when I look at the boys in training and what I've seen in the matches we've played over the last few weeks.

"Even though we have only 29 points I'm very positive. I don't think we'll have any problem.

"But at the end we need the points. We are in there at the moment."

Swansea have been further boosted by Michu's return to fitness.

Last season's top scorer has been out since November with a troublesome ankle problem that was causing him problems even before that.

It is hoped he will play some part today.

And Swansea fans hope the potential partnership between Michu and Wilfried Bony can blossom after both have struggled with fitness and form at varying points until now.

"Michu's been out for a few months and he's a very good player who is very important for this team," said Vorm

"He can score out of nothing, he's such a talented footballer, a clever player, and he's got a very good attitude.

"There are still ten games to go, it's not like two or three, and I'm sure he's going to make a contribution in the next few weeks.

"You can tell in training that other players also react to him and that is so positive.

"Players like Bony and Michu will get goals automatically. It's massive if they are both fit and playing."

West Brom go into the match still searching for their first win under Pepe Mel.

The Spanish coach only arrived at the Hawthorns in January but already uncertainty surrounds his position.

In stark contrast to the malaise that seems to be gripping the Baggies, Swansea's decision to replace Michael Laudrup with Garry Monk has brought a fresh intensity to performances.

Now more points need to follow.

"A foreign manager coming in needs time, but you don't have time, that's the thing about the Premier League," added Vorm.

"When you are a foreign manager it's totally different, and with a club like Swansea you really need to know what's going on.

"Every team you play against is playing for something, fighting relegation, going for a Champions League spot and that's why I think we did well to bring Garry Monk in.

"When we were playing Napoli we were going for the Europa League. You feel so big, then you look at the Premier League and we haven't got many points.

"That's why I'm happy now that there are no other games. We can just focus on the Premier League.

"There are no excuses and I know it's not going to be a problem."

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