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Wayne Routledge calls for extra Swansea City effort against Tottenham Hotspur

By Sport_Steve  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

Swansea City's Wayne Routledge

Swansea City's Wayne Routledge

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WAYNE Routledge has called for an extra effort against Tottenham as Swansea City look to overcome injury problems and pull clear of Premier League relegation danger.

In central midfield, Swansea will be without Jose Canas and Jonathan de Guzman for Spurs’ visit.

Jonjo Shelvey is also nursing a hamstring problem, while Ki Sung- Yueng cannot now be called back from his loan spell at Sunderland to cover.

Out wide, Nathan Dyer and Pablo Hernandez remain sidelined, with Michel Vorm and Michu other notable absentees.

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“It’s going to be a tough game, everyone knows that,” said Routledge.

“Tottenham are a good team that are picking up points at the moment.

“We’ve picked up a few injuries all over, so it’s down to everyone to put in five or ten per cent more.

“We’ll keep performing and hopefully we can pick up some more points on the weekend.”

Last Saturday’s defeat to Manchester United left Swansea just three points above the top flight drop zone.

And that precarious position has set nerves jangling.

“It’s an eye-opener to show what happen if you don’t pick up points in the Premier League. It can suck you in,” said Routledge.

“It’s down to us to respond and pick up as many points as we can between now and the end of the season.

“It’s the closest we’ve been to the bottom, but I don’t think that’s a reflection of our performances. They’ve been okay, we just haven’t been able to pick up points at the right times.

“Hopefully we can keep performing and the results will turn for us.

“Don’t be mistaken, we’re in two cups, but the main goal for the season is to remain in the Premier League.”

Swansea will hope Wilfried Bony continues finding the back of the net to spearhead their climb.

The Ivorian striker headed a late FA Cup winner at Old Tafford 12 days ago a week after scoring two against Manchester City.

“It’s pretty simple with Wilfried, you put the ball in and around the area and he will be on the end of it,” added Routledge.

“It’s different from last year because that wasn’t really our game plan.

“This year we can mix it up and do both so it’s just a case of being clinical and creating more chances for him.

“But we all have to score more goals because we are where we are and we have to get out of it.”

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  • Swansea10Jack  |  January 17 2014, 6:03PM

    We need you on top form Wayne. Absolute class player believe it! Been excellent recently.

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