Ash: Rise to the challenge
11th December 2013
Swans skipper Ashley Williams wants his side to rise to the challenge as they bid to keep the club's European adventure on track.
The Swans head to St Gallen knowing a point in Switzerland on Thursday would be enough to send them through to the last 32 of the competition.
Michael Laudrup's side beat St Gallen 1-0 at the Liberty in October courtesy of a Wayne Routledge goal, while Gerhard Tremmel had saved a first-half penalty.
It proved a tough evening for the Swans, and Williams is expecting another big challenge at the AFG Arena.
"They are a difficult team to play against - they proved that at the Liberty Stadium," said the Wales captain. "They battled for everything and we did well to come away with a victory.
"After the draw against Hull on Monday it's a game we want to win to extend our unbeaten run to three games and qualify for the knockout stages.
"We are still enjoying playing in Europe although it's a challenge to play two - sometimes three - games in a week.
"But I feel we have the squad equipped to do that. Hopefully we can get through on Thursday and then concentrate on the league for a while."
Meanwhile, assistant manager Morten Wieghorst believes it would be a "remarkable achievement" if the Swans were to progress into the last 32.
He added: "It will be a remarkable achievement for the club if we get through to the knockout stages.
"It will be something for everyone to look forward to so it's important we make sure we get there and finish the job on Thursday.
"It's not going to be easy because St Gallen proved at the Liberty they are a good side. They created a few chances and caused us a lot of problems."