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Soaring Swans will keep feet on the ground, says Britton

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

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LEON Britton insists Swansea City will keep their feet on the ground despite soaring to seventh in the Premier League.

Swansea's stunning victory at Arsenal on Saturday lifted them to the upper reaches of the division, sparking talk of a push for Europe.

But Britton played down such grand ambitions, claiming the first target is still top-flight survival.

"We don't want to get too carried away, obviously Saturday was a great day for us. We'll enjoy it for 24, 48 hours and then move on," said the midfielder.

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"We've got a very tough game against Norwich on Saturday so we'll just take each game as it comes.

"The aim at the start of the season was to stay in the league and we're still very new to it. We're only 18 months into it.

"We'll just take it steady. The main target is survival and we'll evaluate it after that."

Swansea will face the Canaries as favourites after beating Newcastle, West Brom and Arsenal in recent weeks.

But Britton reckons there's no danger of complacency setting in.

"The way we played last Wednesday (against West Brom) there was danger of that, but the first half was probably the best I've played in a Swansea shirt," he said.

"It won't be a case of us getting above ourselves.

"The games against Norwich in the past, they've got the better of us and that's something we want to put right.

"Both teams know each other very well after coming up from the Championship, but we're at home and we're confident against anyone at home.

"We'll have to work hard to get a result, but obviously the confidence is quite high."

Swansea edged a first half in which Nathan Dyer came closest to scoring at the Emirates.

Michu's flick set him racing in on goal, but the winger delayed and was tackled by Thomas Vermaelen.

Angel Rangel and Ashley Williams also went close, while the hosts barely troubled Gerhard Tremmel.

After the restart, Rangel again threatened and Dwight Tiendalli nearly made headlines before Michu struck.

The result took Swansea above Arsenal, who left the field with boos ringing out from the home stands.

"The game plan was to sit back a bit and let the forward line drift back to the halfway line," added Britton.

"When they get into our half we wanted to close them down and try to get our chances on the break.

"We did that at Newcastle, and again today.

"At home, they haven't picked up as many results as they'd like and they'll be disappointed with that.

"It's a very tough place to come. When Arsenal have got their football flowing and are firing on all cylinders it's still one of the most difficult places to come in the country.

"Maybe at home it's just not going for them at the moment. But look at the quality they've got as a squad — it's only a matter of time before they fire again and get back up there."

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