Tuesday 25 October 2016

'Cats clash not a survival scrap'

Swansea manager Alan Curtis
Swansea manager Alan Curtis

Alan Curtis has refused to label Swansea's crunch relegation battle with Sunderland as a must-win game despite the magnitude of the match.

Sunderland head to the Liberty Stadium tonight knowing that victory would take them to within one point of Swansea in the Premier League.

"It's a big game, yes," said Curtis, in charge of a league fixture for the first time since his appointment as Swansea manager was confirmed until the end of the season.

"But I wouldn't call it a must-win game at the moment.

"A must-win game is if you need to win your last game of the season to stay up.

"But we need to win games sooner rather than later, and the longer you go without a win the pressure starts to build.

"We know it's a big game against a team just below us in the league, and we know the significance of picking up three points against them."

Curtis has won only one of his six games in command since stepping up from a coaching role following the dismissal of Garry Monk last month.

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