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Laudrup: Attention on league

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup does not expect his side to suffer a cup hangover when his side travel to face Sunderland in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

Last Updated: 29/01/13 at 19:13 Post Comment

Michael Laudrup: Swansea boss does not expect FA Cup hangover at Sunderland

Michael Laudrup: Swansea boss does not expect FA Cup hangover at Sunderland

The Swans will be in action for the first time since securing a place in their first major final, having dumped European champions Chelsea out at the semi-final stage of the Capital One Cup last week.

There is tangible excitement in south Wales ahead of next month's trip to face League Two side Bradford in the final at Wembley, but Laudrup has warned his players to concentrate on the here and now.

The Dane knows his team cannot afford to get too far ahead of themselves as they face a Black Cats side who have won four of their last six Premier League games.

He said: "I think when we come closer to the final we will notice some cup fever. But we may play Liverpool the week before the final as they are out of the FA Cup, so we may play on that free weekend which means we will have four league games before the final.

"Three of them will be away, against Sunderland, West Ham and Liverpool, with QPR at home. They are important games for us, and I don't expect to see a reaction from the team as they have shown me after great performances they can keep it up for the next game.

"The best example is the week when we won at Stamford Bridge on the Wednesday and on Saturday we went to get a great point at Everton in a very difficult game, so I hope to see the same kind of performance.

"It does not mean we will get a result, as they need the three points but if we keep that level everything is possible for us and we have always said survival is the priority and we still need some points to be sure of that."

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