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Laudrup: We will turn it around

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12:55 2nd May 2013

. . . Swans boss looks ahead to Saturday's clash against Manchester City at the Liberty


Michael Laudrup insisted that both he and the squad are doing everything they can to turn around their recent league form.

The Swans have won just once in six games – a 1-0 victory over Newcastle way back on March 2.

That is their sole triumph since lifting the Capital One Cup at Wembley and moved the Swans on to 40 points with ten games left to play in the Premier League.

However, Laudrup’s side have collected just two points since and face Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

And the Swans boss reiterated his desire to get back to winning ways with just four games left to play this season.

“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.”

Saturday’s visit of Manchester City to the Liberty represents yet another clear challenge for Michael Laudrup’s side.

Last season’s corresponding fixture in SA1 saw the Swans claim a memorable 1-0 win, courtesy of Luke Moore’s late goal.

And despite a narrow defeat in the reverse game at the Etihad back in October, Laudrup knows his side are in for another tough assignment this weekend.

“They are a great team with fantastic players,” he said. “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.”

The current campaign has been one of the most memorable in the club’s 101-year history, with a top half finish and first major trophy in the cabinet at the Liberty.

The aim now is to consolidate their position in the Premier League’s top ten – a position they have held since December.

And despite a run of just one win in six games, Laudrup already has one eye on next summer and building a squad capable of competing on four fronts.

 “The last part of the season makes it a little clearer in terms of the decisions we have to make for next season,” he said.

“You always look at ways you can improve. I have quite a clear picture now in terms of the summer and next year.”

Meanwhile, Laudrup confirmed that Roland Lamah will miss Saturday’s game with a hamstring problem.