Canas: Fans can roar us to victory
21st August 2013
Jose Canas believes a vociferous Liberty can lift the Swans as they look to return to winning ways against Petrolul Ploiesti on Thursday (7.05pm).
After a 4-1 defeat to defending champions Manchester United in the opening game in the Barclays Premier League last weekend, the Swans now host the Romanian side in the Play-Off stage of the Europa League.
Canas, who started last Saturday's home loss to United, revealed he was lifted by the home support particularly when they were trailing to David Moyes' side.
And he feels a rousing reception on Thursday night would really give the Swans a boost as they look to establish a first-leg advantage ahead of next week's deciding game in Romania.
"The support, even when we were 2-0 and 3-0 down, was amazing," said Canas. "I looked around and the fans were signing as if we were winning the game.
"If they can be the same tomorrow that will really help the team. We want to win the game not only because we want to go to Romania with an advantage, but we also want to forget the result against Manchester United.
"And I think the supporters are very important in helping us achieve that."
Canas played all 77 minutes against United before he was replaced by Ki Sung-Yueng, in what was the Spaniard's first taste of English football's top flight.
Having spent his entire career in his homeland with Real Betis, the 26-year-old enjoyed his Premier League experience despite the result.
Canas was shown a yellow card in the second minute for a late challenge on Tom Cleverley, but the midfielder felt he settled into the encounter following that booking.
"The Premier League is very fast - it can take some getting used to as it's end to end all game," added Canas. "The tempo is much higher than in Spain.
"I was booked after just two minutes, but I saw the ball was there to be won and I'll always try my best to win the ball for my team.
"But I was happy with my own performance and I think the team played well too - despite the result. Manchester United are the champions, and they showed why in this game."