Euro lessons can aid domestic push

15th December 2013

Gerhard Tremmel believes Swansea City's European adventure will prove fruitful when they return to domestic matters today.
The Swans qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday night despite a 1-0 defeat against St Gallen in Switzerland.
Michael Laudrup's claimed the runners-up spot in Group A to put their name in the last 32 draw, which takes place on Monday.
The defeat in St Gallen proved a frustrating evening for Tremmel and co, with the Swiss side deservedly claiming victory despite a number of top saves from the German keeper.
But Tremmel feels the experience gained from the  group stages of the tournament will help the Swans push on as they return to Barclays Premier League action this afternoon at Norwich City (1.30pm).
"Europe has been a very big experience for our players," said Tremmel. "You can't give a yard to players on the continent because you will be punished.
"Against Kuban and St Gallen, they showed that you can't stand off and I think that was a big lesson for us.
"I don't think we will have a performance like that (versus St Gallen) in the Premier League. We knew it was going to be a hard game. The pitch wasn't good, the conditions were not very good and the travel circumstances weren't the best, but we won't make any excuses - our performance was simply poor."
For the clash at Carrow Road - a venue the Swans are yet to pick up a win in the Premier League - Tremmel looks likely to retain his place in goal as Michel Vorm sat out Thursday's Euro tie with a knee problem.
And Tremmel is looking to make the most of his opportunity in the Dutchman's absence.
"I am always happy when I'm playing and I try to do my best," he added. "If I can get a run of games it allows me to get some momentum and into a rhythm that gives me a platform to perform at my best.
"But the most important thing is the team. If I play, I want to help the team gain points and move up the table."