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Laudrup targets Southampton scalp

Created on 19 Apr., 2013 4:00 PM GMT

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says they must win against Southampton to maintain their push for a top-10 spot in the Premier League.

The Welsh club's last win came at the start of March, and they have only picked up one point in their four league outings since.

Laudrup has urged his side to improve their recent form, starting with a win against the Saints at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

"We have six games to go and Saturday is a key game," he told the club's official website.

"We have been in the top 10 for a number of weeks now and if we want to stay there we need a win on Saturday, particularly with the games we have after that.

"Beating the big teams is a bonus, but I'd prefer to beat the teams that are our direct rivals. I believe that if we win on Saturday then we will finish in the top 10."

Laudrup also hailed Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has guided the club to an unbeaten run stretching five league games.

They now sit seven points clear of the relegation zone, and Laudrup has been impressed with the job the Argentine has done at St Mary's since joining in January.

"He did great at Espanyol as both a player and a manager," added Laudrup.

"When you go to a new country and a new culture, it is always difficult. But he is doing well at Southampton.

"They have done well recently after getting some important results against the big teams."

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