Swansea City defender Jordi Amat hungry for cup success
9th January 2016
Jordi Amat is determined to ensure the Swans are out of the headlines and still in the FA Cup this weekend.
The Swans travel to League Two side Oxford United in the third round of the competition on Sunday, with Alan Curtis' side hoping to avoid a potential upset.
And Amat revealed the squad heads to the Kassam Stadium fully focussed on making sure the Swans are in the hat for the fourth-round draw.
"It's going to be a tough game, but we want to do very well in this competition - the FA Cup is a famous tournament," said the Spaniard.
"We are determined to have a good run in the FA Cup because it was very disappointing to exit the Capital One Cup in the third round.
"Everyone looks at games like this - a League Two team against one from the Premier League - and hopes for an upset. Hopefully we won't be the result being talked about in the media.
"If we win the game then we can all watch the draw for the next round, which is something I love doing."
Amat hopes to make his fourth appearance of the campaign on Sunday, with his latest run-out coming in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace just after Christmas.
The centre-back has had to remain patient for a first-team role this season due to a mix of competition for places and a foot problem which hampered his start to the campaign.
But his impressive performance in earning a clean sheet at Palace - his first league start this season - gave another reminder of his quality in the heart of defence.
And the 23-year-old hopes to be part of another stern defensive unit at Oxford.
"I enjoyed the game against Palace - it was very tough, but it was a game I really needed," added the former Espanyol defender.
"I felt much better for coming through that and playing more minutes, and now I hope to get another chance this Sunday.
"It's a strange situation in a way because you obviously want to do really well to impress the manager, but you don't want to overdo it because that's when you can make mistakes.
"You just have to remain focussed and do what is asked of you for the best interests of the team."
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