Laudrup seeks positive performance at St James’ Park

Swansea City manager Michael LaudrupSwansea manager Michael Laudrup believes his side must be at their best if they are to get a positive result against Newcastle.

The Swans are just one position below their weekend rivals in the Premier League after a good start to the season.

They had to come from behind to claim a draw against rock-bottom Southampton last time out, but have only suffered one defeat in their last six games.

Laudrup thinks his side must continue this form if they are to achieve a to take anything from their clash with the Magpies:

“If we are at our best we could get three points or just one, but there are loads of factors that can affect this game.” He is quoted by SkySports.

“If they are at their best they are a team who can cause us loads of problems, they have some physical players but also the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, who have lots of quality, and Demba Ba who is in a great moment in front of goal.

“At our best we can get something from this game but if they are at their best they can make us suffer.”

Summer signing Ki Sung-Yueng has been ruled out of the clash and Laudrup feels the midfielder will be missed:

“When players are playing well it is always a loss when they are injured, Ki has performed very well in the last few games,

“But you cannot play with 11 or 12 players throughout the entire season so other players have to be prepared to come back in.”