Curtis: Cup run could kickstart our league form
8th January 2016
Alan Curtis believes a good run in the FA Cup could kickstart Swansea City's league form as an important second half of the season gets underway.
The Swans travel to Oxford United on Sunday (12pm) in the third round of the FA Cup - just three days before a crucial Barclays Premier League clash against Sunderland at the Liberty.
Sunday's game will be the first since Curtis was confirmed as the club's interim manager until the end of the season following the departure of Garry Monk last month.
And while he insists the club's league form remains the top priority, Curtis believes a decent run in the FA Cup could help the Swans put together a decent run of form.
"The Premier League has to be our main priority," he said. "But a cup run is always nice and we want to get back on a run now, so it is important that we start that this weekend.
"It will also enable a couple of players to have some game time in a fantastic competition. We have to have one eye on Wednesday's game so there will be changes. But whatever team we put out it will be a strong side.
"It will be a difficult game but I can think of worse places to go. Oxford play good football and have a nice stadium and we're looking forward to the challenge."
Meanwhile, Curtis reiterated his delight at being given the managerial reigns until the end of the season.
"I'm obviously delighted and very proud," he said. "We have to make sure the right man comes in and it looks like that will be a summer appointment now. But the most important thing is that we retain our Premier League status - that is our focus now.
"I've always felt there is enough ability in the squad, and part of the reason for me taking the job is the response I've had from the players and the fact results have picked up recently."
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