Swansea City and Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew focussed on Watford test
16th January 2016
Andre Ayew insists the Swans will take on Watford this Monday unaffected by the defeat to Sunderland.
Alan Curtis' side were beaten 4-2 by the Black Cats on Wednesday night, with the hosts left disappointed by key decisions along with the first-half dismissal of Kyle Naughton.
The right-back's red card was later overturned by the Football Association on appeal, but the loss left the Swans just one point above the relegation zone.
But Ayew revealed the squad won't be affected by the decisions from that match as they focus on another key game.
"The decisions made in that game were very disappointing, but now that game is gone," said the Ghanaian, who scored the Swans' second goal on Wednesday via a sublime solo effort.
"We have moved on from that - now it's all about preparing for Watford, and we need to be mentally tough. We have the characters within the squad to ensure that everyone is fresh in the mind and ready for the next challenge.
"It is a difficult situation for us because the club has not been in this position in the Premier League, and a lot of the players are new to it.
"But the strength and qualities within that changing room are very important to helping us move in the right direction."
The Swans take on a Watford side that has been hugely impressive during their return campaign in the top flight.
Quique Flores' side have taken 29 points from their 21 games so far - ten ahead of the Swans.
And Ayew expects a real tough test against the Hornets, who won the previous game between the sides at Vicarage Road in September.
"They have had a great season but we are at home and we must impose ourselves on the game as early as possible," added Ayew, who has scored seven goals in 21 games.
"This is a very important game for us. We must go into the game with the right mentality tactically and technically because we want to make the fans happy."
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