Michael Laudrup placing huge emphasis on Swansea's trip to Reading

Michael Laudrup: Swansea must take Reading seriously

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Swansea boss Michael Laudrup says the Boxing Day fixture against Reading is far more important than last weekend's clash with Manchester United.

The Swans continued their excellent run of form with a 1-1 draw against the Premier League leaders on Sunday, Michu scoring for the 13th time this season to secure a share of the points.

They sit in 11th place, but Laudrup still sees top-flight survival as his key, and winning games against teams that are struggling towards the bottom of the table has to be their priority.

He said: "The result against United was a great result for the club, the players, the staff and the supporters.

"We can enjoy it for 24 hours or so but from Tuesday we have to start thinking about Reading as it is even more important. It is a key game.

"It is our last game in the first half of the season, and if we win that it would be fantastic. In fact for us to turn around with 27 points would be excellent."

Full-back Ben Davies says his team-mates are brimming with confidence after the United result, but like his boss he is taking nothing for granted ahead of the trip to the Madejski Stadium.

He said: "We have a lot of confidence going into that game against Reading after a big draw and a big performance.

"We have every right to go there and try to get three points. Hopefully we can do that if we match our last performance.

"We can't go into it expecting an easy game from them because they're fighting for their lives, and I don't think we will get an easy game. We've got to go into it looking to get three points and it will be a big three points if we can get them."

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