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Thursday 15 March 2012

Rodgers: Swansea must aim high

Boss warns team not to get complacent during their final 10 Barclays Premier League matches

Swansea City enjoyed a memorable win over Manchester City on Sunday

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers says his side will be going all out to finish strongly in their impressive debut season in the Barclays Premier League.

Rodgers' players have won many admirers for their football during the current campaign - which hit a high with Sunday's 1-0 victory against Manchester City.

That result helped to knock City off top spot and left Swansea comfortably placed in 11th ahead of Saturday's trip to Fulham.

"We have had success because of our hunger"
- Brendan Rodgers

The Swans are 14 points above the drop zone and just one behind eighth-placed Sunderland - but Rodgers said their secure position would not lead to complacency.

"Nobody will be easing off because they think the job is done - not while I'm at this club," Rodgers said.

"We are now coming into the stage of the season that I call trophy time.

"We are heading into the last 10 games, and that is the time when you can win trophies.

"I am not saying that is what we are going to be doing this year. Trophies may be a little further down the line for us, but we have to look to the future and start the process.

Pushing forward

"Having faltered at the end of the previous two seasons, we really picked up our form at the end of last season.

"That's something we will be pushing to do again now because if you want to be a successful club, that's what you have to do."

Rodgers added: "It's not in my nature to think that we have done our job and it's the same with the players.

"We have had success because of our hunger, and we have just bounced back from two straight defeats with two successive victories.

"That demonstrates the thirst my players have to succeed."

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Key Points

  • Brendan Rodgers wants Swansea to finish season on a high
  • Welsh side currently in 11th place in the Barclays Premier League
  • Fulham up next as Swans aim for the top 10