Curtis: Home advantage could be crucial

11th January

Alan Curtis says home advantage could be crucial on Wednesday night as Swansea City face Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League (7.45pm).
The Swans - currently 17th in the table - welcome Sam Allardyce's side to SA1, with Sunderland sitting just two places below their hosts in the relegation zone.
Swansea picked up an important three points the last time they were on home soil, against West Brom on Boxing Day, and they will be hoping for more of the same this Wednesday.
After a disappointing FA Cup defeat to Oxford on Sunday, Curtis knows the importance of Swansea's home games in what will be a pivotal second half of the season.

"Obviously Sunday was a really disappointing result - more so the performance," he said. "Even though we made the changes we should have had enough to get the result, but the only time we looked to play was when we were 3-1 down and by then it was too little too late.
"But we've spoken to the players and we can't dwell on it now. We have a big game on Wednesday, we have to look forward and I'm sure we'll bounce back.
"I wouldn't call it a must-win game at this stage but we need to win games sooner rather than later.
"We know the significance of picking up three points but we need to treat it like any other game and use our home advantage."
Meanwhile, Curtis was full of praise for midfielder Leon Britton, who is in line to make his 500th appearance for the Swans on Wednesday.
"From the day he came here he's been an inspiration to everyone," he said. "And whenever he plays the team is a better team.
"He stops danger at source, he's played a massive part in our rise through the divisions and full credit to him."