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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup ahead of Southampton clash: 'After three glamour games, our attitude now is crucial'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 08, 2012


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MICHAEL Laudrup has told his Swansea City players that attitude will be key as they bid to heap misery on Southampton at St Mary's this weekend.

The Saints are bottom of the table having won one and lost eight of their first ten Premier League games this season.

That sorry start has left boss Nigel Adkins fighting to save his job as Swansea prepare for a trip to the South Coast.

And Laudrup believes that if his players get their focus right, Swansea could pile on the pain at Southampton.

The Dane is concerned that after three games against heavyweight clubs last week, Swansea could take their eye off the ball in this less glamorous fixture.

"A lot of this week is about having the right attitude," Laudrup declared.

"It's easy to be motivated when you play three big teams like we did last week.

"But now we have to show exactly the same motivation, exactly the same attitude and exactly the same patience in what we do when we play Southampton.

"We can't go there and think we are the favourites.

"We can't think that we did well last week, so now we have to show Southampton what we can do on their ground.

"We have to respect them a lot and be prepared for anything, because they will come at us with everything on Saturday."

Swansea will aim to improve a miserable record at Southampton, where they have lost 21 times in 29 previous visits.

They have won only four times on the Saints' patch, where their last success was way back in 1953.

Southampton's only positive results in the league this season have come at home — they thumped at Aston Villa 4-1 in September and drew 2-2 with Fulham last month.

But Wigan, Manchester United and Tottenham have won at Southampton this term, and Laudrup admits Swansea must get their defending right if they want to follow suit.

"We only conceded six or seven chances in total in the games against Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea," he pointed out.

"We have to keep that going. We cannot concede six or seven chances in those games and then another four or five on Saturday.

"We know we will always create chances, but we have to try to get better and better defensively.

"Last week we had really good shape and were very well organised, and we have to stay that way whoever we are playing — whether it's the team in first or the team in 20th.

"Even if we are playing a team from League One in the cup, that always has to be there."

Despite an impressive defensive display against Chelsea, Laudrup could tweak his back four on Saturday as Chico Flores is winning his race to be fit after a dead leg.

Gwion Edwards netted the only goal as Swansea City's Under-21s won at Ipswich Town yesterday.

Jazz Richards was the only over-age player on show for Kris O'Leary's team, while Josh Sheehan played 60 minutes in his first appearance since signing a professional contract last week.

Swansea City: Davies, Richards, Tancock, Situ, Shephard, Sheehan (Jones 60), Lucas, March, Edwards (Samuel 50), Loveridge, Donnelly. Subs not used: Waters, Bray.

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