We must learn from defeats - Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup
MICHAEL Laudrup has told Swansea City to learn lessons from their previous defeats to Everton when they visit Goodison Park today.
Swansea head to Merseyside looking to end a sequence of three consecutive losses to the Toffees in the Premier League.
Laudrup insists Everton have not discovered a magic formula to outwit his side.
Instead Swansea have been architects of their own downfall in the recent meetings.
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"We know what we did badly in the first 30 minutes last time against Everton," said Laudrup.
"I said don't commit too many fouls because they have Fellaini, they have Baines — and we gave them seven in the first 12 minutes.
"We know what they will do. We know they will put us under pressure from the beginning — they do that with everyone.
"They did it against Chelsea so we need to perform from the beginning.
"The motivation for those who played in the first game is obviously not to repeat that first half an hour. If we do that then we will lose again."
Swansea were torn apart by a rampant Everton at the Liberty back in September.
Victor Anichebe and Kevin Mirallas put the visitors 2-0 up by half-time and it could have been more.
Marouane Fellaini then rounded off the scoring eight minutes from time in one of Swansea's poorest displays since their return to the top flight.
"The first 30 minutes were really bad, and the first half against Norwich was very bad as well," said Laudrup.
"But if you go in and analyse after the first 30 minutes, we actually played well for 25 minutes. We had chances, we came back.
"They scored three goals in five attempts. Sometimes you can play badly and you are not punished, then other times you play well and you are.
"If you look at some of our games you can say we played badly in the first half or the second half, but we haven't played badly in a whole game.
"That's very, very positive. We have always come back. There has not been a game where we've been poor for 90 minutes."
Everton have also been formidable at Goodison Park this season.
They have only lost one league game on home soil, a narrow defeat to Chelsea at the end of last month.
"It is a difficult place to go, and you have to look at the circumstances as well," said Laudrup.
"We go there after two very, very hard physical games this week and they did not play on Wednesday.
"They are a very strong team physically, they put everyone under pressure. They probably will with us as well so it's about how we cope with that."
Everton have had an extra two days to prepare for this match. They eased past Cheltenham 5-1 in the FA Cup on Monday, while Swansea were tested to the limit at Chelsea 48 hours later.
Given their recent schedule, Laudrup will again make changes.
Michel Vorm is expected to return in goals, while Dwight Tiendalli, Kemy Agustien and Danny Graham are others tipped to start.
"We know the physical side of it, that we have played more games, but football is not only about technique and skill," said Laudrup.
"It's not only about physical strength, there is a mental side to things as well.
"We have only lost two games since the end of October and that gives a lot of confidence to the players.
"Other players have come in and done well and I think that will happen today as well.
"For me, it's important that we always have a competitive team."