Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Rodgers urges Swans to regroup

Brendan Rodgers

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers says Saturday's Barclays Premier League meeting with Blackburn represents the perfect opportunity to bounce back from a miserable run of four defeats.

Wednesday's 3-0 reverse at QPR added to previous losses against Everton, Tottenham and Newcastle, a sequence that has seen the Swans drop from eighth to 14th in the table. It also means Swansea have still yet to confirm their top-flight status with their advantage over the bottom three, which was at one stage 17 points, now cut to 10 points.

Rodgers said: "Against QPR I thought it was the worst we have been, it was just too easy and that is not like us. We have a perfect game on Saturday now and we need to respond. I have always said we needed to win one game now in these last five games."

He added: "We owe the supporters and I apologise to them because they travel everywhere for us and give us incredible backing.

"I think we let them down at QPR. In fact, I know we let them down so we need to give them back something back this weekend. As I said, we need to re-focus and get our concentration back on the game."

The Northern Irishman has insisted his players cannot afford any complacency despite the impact they have made on the Premier League with the possession style that has won them so many plaudits.

And while he does not believe his players have taken their foot off the gas, he acknowledges that current results would suggest that is not the case.

"I wouldn't like to think (we have been complacent) but I think it is one where the results maybe dictate otherwise," he said.

"I have always said you cannot take your foot off the pedal because this is what happens. If you believe you're safe and you believe everything that you read and people tell you, you know what can happen.

"One loss turns into four losses and that can escalate very quickly, so it is up to me and the players now to re-focus. Saturday is a big game for us."

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