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Laudrup keen to halt Swansea slide

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has underlined his desire to arrest the club’s poor run of form in the Premier League.

The Welsh side have won just one of their seven league fixtures since beating Bradford 5-0 in the League Cup final in February.

And Laudrup is eager to correct that, despite Swansea having already assured their top-flight status.

“You are always disappointed when you have a bad run,” he said. “Achieving 40 points after the cup win was very important, and we managed to do that.

“We have to accept that the results have been disappointing, but its not my job to find excuses – I want to find solutions.

“But the fact is that is our only win so far after the final and we are trying to change that. We know we have some difficult games coming up.

“We are still ninth, however, and that says a lot about what we did up until the cup final – I think we over-performed in terms of points.”

Swansea’s bid for a top-10 finish continues when they meet Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, and Laudrup is expecting a tough test.

“They are a great team with fantastic players,” he added. “They have some physical players, but Silva, Tevez, Nasri and Aguero are fantastically gifted.

“If they put four good players on the bench then they can just put four other top players in the starting line-up – that is what we are up against.

“Last weekend we faced some top players and we have to be at our best this weekend, otherwise it will be very difficult.

“We have shown this year that we can beat the great teams, but your performance level has to be high.”
Thu 2 May, 2013
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