Now the pressure is on us, admits Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup
MICHAEL Laudrup admits the pressure is on Swansea City as they bid to avoid a Capital One Cup shock at Crawley Town tonight.
Swansea head to Sussex looking for a morale-boosting victory after a three-game winless streak.
And Laudrup, who is set to hand club skipper Garry Monk a start this evening, has told his players it is important not to get into a rut ahead of next Saturday's tricky trip to Stoke City.
"This is a chance for us to taste the winning feeling again," said the Swansea manager.
"We want to get that feeling back because you go from everything being perfect after winning two games — and also getting a draw where we played very well — to suddenly losing two games.
"You have to be careful this does not extend.
"We don't want to lose three games because then it's four games since we won the last time.
"Football turns quickly and that's why we need to get back on the winning track as soon as possible."
Currently eighth in League One, Crawley lost 5-2 at home to Tranmere at the weekend and have won only once in their last four games.
But Richie Barker's team have already seen off Championship duo Millwall and Bolton, while Crawley have also upset the likes of Derby, Hull and Bristol City in the last couple of seasons.
Laudrup admits that going away to face a lower-league side is not the third-round draw he would have asked for.
And his squad is not exactly in ideal shape as Swansea pay a first ever visit to the Broadfield Stadium.
Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer are suspended, while Kyle Bartley, Kemy Agustien and Neil Taylor are all on the injured list.
Pablo Hernandez is also expected to miss out with a knee problem, while Israeli striker Itay Shechter will not feature because of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day.
Laudrup is also likely to rest players, meaning the likes of Mark Gower, Luke Moore and Jazz Richards could come into contention for a starting place.
Dwight Tiendalli may get a Swansea debut at left-back, while fit-again Monk is set for his first appearance since Laudrup took over in SA1.
"I want to win but it's true that we have players who have already been out that came back last Saturday like Ashley (Williams) and Jonathan (de Guzman)," Laudrup added.
"These players probably won't play on Tuesday.
"Dyer is banned, it is the last game of Chico's ban and Kemy is still out.
"But we will make a list of a who is available and the rest will come from the under-21 team. We are talking about the future and they will get the opportunity to show what they can do in these games."
Laudrup, who has had plenty of success in knockout competitions down the years, added: "It's not a very good game to play because when you play a League One team, everyone expects you to win because you are Swansea.
"You have much more to lose and it puts pressure on everybody.
"The players can't think that this is just the Capital One Cup and not the Premier League.
"Everyone knows the Premier League is the daily bread but we want to go as far as possible in the cup, and a win would set us up for Stoke."