Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm feels his side are ready to put derby day defeat behind them, as they plan to qualify from the Europa League group stages in Russia.
Vorm was dismissed in the final stages of the match with Cardiff City, which they lost 1-0. However, the Dutch stopper confessed his team have little time to dwell on the defeat, as they play Kuban Krasnodar tomorrow night (Thursday).
Victory at the 32,000 Kuban Stadium could see the Swans through to the final 32 in Europe. At the same time their fate will be decided on Valencia's outcome with St Gallen.
Vorm believes the Europa League offers a good distraction from the league for the fans, giving them something positive to focus on. The Holland international highlighted the fact that this game is important in it's own right.
“Obviously you want to win derby games,” said the Swans keeper. “We will try and take any positives that we can but it is good for us to focus on such a very important game because we really need to make up for the game last weekend.
“We made some small mistakes and it’s something we can learn from and now this is a good opportunity for us.
"You never want to lose a game, especially against Cardiff, but we always play for our fans. We are top of the group but we have come here for one thing and that’s to win. That’s the most important thing and give the fans something to cheer. We are close to winning the group so it’s an important game.”
Swansea's drop in form this season can be explained by the fact they are juggling priorities, as they compete in a European competition for the first time this season. Vorm is expected to start in Russia, with Laudrup likely to field a strong team.
Spanish striker Michu is forced to sit out as he comes back to health from an ankle injury, whilst midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has not travelled for family reasons.
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