Laudrup: Home form key to reversing slide
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup feels it is vital his team make the most of their forthcoming double-header of home games.
The Welsh side recorded back-to-back victories over QPR and West Ham at the start of the campaign - Laudrup's first two competitive matches in charge following his appointment as Brendan Rodgers' successor over the summer - and followed that up with a draw against Sunderland. Their three league games since then have all ended in defeat, though, with Saturday's 2-0 reverse at Stoke adding to losses against Aston Villa (2-0) and Everton (3-0). The Swans need to begin picking up points again quickly, and with their next four league fixtures seeing them play Reading and Wigan at the Liberty Stadium before travelling to Premier League champions Manchester City and then hosting early pace-setters and European Cup-winners Chelsea, Laudrup has stressed the importance of those first two home assignments. "We just have to admit that the numbers never lie and it is three games with no points and no goals," Laudrup said. "But the next two games are home games and I think we all know in these games we need some points. "We have still only played six games and we have seven points - that is still acceptable. But now we have to take the second round of six games and I think we should at least get the same amount of points from them, and we have to start well in the two home games."