Swans must show true quality on Tyneside, says Ki
23rd April 2015
Ki Sung-Yueng believes the Swans head to Newcastle United on Saturday focussed on showing their "true quality".
Garry Monk's side went down to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Leicester City last weekend, which ended a three-match unbeaten streak.
But the Swans hit the road once again looking to continue their fine record at St James' Park in the Barclays Premier League, having picked up two victories and a draw at the home of the Magpies.
And Ki, who spent time on loan at Newcastle's North East rivals Sunderland last season, revealed the squad's determination to make up for last weekend's below-par performance.
"It wasn't a great performance against Leicester and we can't accept that kind of performance again," said the South Korean, who has scored seven goals this season.
"We need to show our true quality against Newcastle because that wasn't good enough last weekend.
"We need to keep them quiet for the first 15 to 20 minutes, and if we manage to do that then we have a great chance of winning.
"As they are home - and the fact they have lost a few games in a row - they will be desperate to win.
"And I know how vocal their fans are. They make a lot of noise at St James' Park - their fans are very passionate about their team.
"We have great memories of playing at Newcastle too, so we want to continue our good record there."
For last Saturday's loss at Leicester, Ki wore a black armband to remember the passengers that were killed during the tragic ferry disaster in South Korea last year.
The anniversary of the tragedy, which saw 304 passengers lose their lives after the MV Sewol capsized, came on April 16 - two days before the fixture at the King Power Stadium.
The 26-year-old added: "Around the date of the Leicester game it was one year on from that tragedy. As a Korean player and captain of the national team I wanted to show my support to the families of those who lost their lives.
"A lot of the people who died were young students.
"It was really important to me to remember those people one year on and to show that we, as a nation, are supporting the families of those affected in the tragedy."