Britton: Rise to the challenge
20th September 2016
Leon Britton revealed Swansea City are determined to give the Jack Army "something to shout about" when they face EFL Cup holders Manchester City at the Liberty on Wednesday (7.45pm).
Francesco Guidolin's side go into the game on the back of a disappointing performance in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton last weekend.
But focus now switches to the EFL Cup, with the Swans - victors over Peterborough United in the last round - preparing to face Pep Guardiola's side in SA1.
The visitors, who are back at the Liberty for Saturday's league encounter, go into the game having won all five of their opening games in the top flight.
But Britton insists the Swans want to bounce back from their setback at Southampton with a positive performance in front of their own fans.
"Against Southampton the level was well below what we should be performing at," revealed Britton, who was an unused substitute at St Mary's.
"There weren't many positives to take from Sunday. There's room for improvement around the pitch.
"We need to be proactive and step up as players. We can talk about systems and formations, but, at the end of the day, it is up to you as an individual to perform.
"The good thing after last Sunday is that we have another one so quickly.
"It gives players a chance to show the manager what they are capable of, and it is an opportunity to give the fans something to shout about.
"It will be a difficult match because Manchester City have made a great start to the season.
"Whatever changes they make tomorrow night they will have top quality players all over the pitch."
The competition holds great memories for the Swans, who lifted the cup in 2013 after beating Bradford City by a record final score of 5-0.
And Britton, who played that day at Wembley, revealed the tournament has a special feel about it for the Swans.
"The cup has great memories for us from three years ago," he added. "No-one can take those memories away from us.
"The run to the final was great, with victories over Liverpool and Chelsea, but the final was an incredible moment.
"We rose to the occasion and we, as players, were just delighted to win the club's first major trophy.
"I don't think any player, staff or supporter will forget the emotions of that day."
Ticket prices for Wednesday's EFL Cup tie are as follows:
Adults - £15
Concessions (under-16s not accompanied by an adult, over-60s and students) - £7.50
Under-16s accompanied by an adult - £1
Adults - £20
Concessions (under-16s not accompanied by an adult, over-60s and students) - £10
Under-16s accompanied by an adult - £5
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