Date:Friday January 6 2012
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers says he's looking for his team to do well in the FA Cup this season.
While the main focus this year is to avoid relegation from the Premier League, the Swansea boss is still looking to do well in the cup competition.
Rodgers told the Evening Post that he doesn't want a repeat of the Carling Cup, where his second-string team lost at Shrewsbury Town in their opening round.
'With a wee bit of luck and draw that favours you, doing what Stoke did is certainly something that's achievable,'
'We are well aware that we have a tough tie with Barnsley first up, but this is a competition where I want to do well.
'We all had one of the best days of our lives at Wembley last May, and there are not a lot of chances to get back there when you are playing at this level.
'After our experience there last year, I don't think there's anyone who would not like to go back.'
While some fans aren't too bothered about how we do in the FA Cup this season so that we can focus completely on the league, others suggest that further success will help boost confidence and momentum.
'We have come out of the Christmas period on a real high and we want to keep the momentum going,'
'I think there's more to gain from doing well in the cup than not doing well, so we want to get through.
'We were disappointed to lose at Shrewsbury (in the second round of the Carling Cup this season) and we want to do well in every game we play.
'The one good thing about losing at Shrewsbury was that it showed that whoever we are playing, we cannot afford to take our foot off the pedal.
'As a result, I think you will see the difference this weekend.' Swansea face a Barnsley side who have been rocked this week by news that their skipper and most influential player, Jacob Butterfield, will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.
Rodgers is expecting a demanding game against Barnsley:
'It will be a demanding game for us,'
'I saw Barnsley at Brighton earlier in the season and they have an excellent manager in Keith who has done very well.
'They are a good footballing side. They have unfortunately lost their captain, who has been a real catalyst for them, but they have other players with quality.
'We were in the Championship last season, so we understand the motivation for teams at that level and we know we will have to be at the top of our game to get a result.'
New loan signing Gylfi Sigurdsson is expected to feature in the match squad, but Rory Donnelly and Darnel Situ won't make an appearance yet.
Ferrie Bodde, meanwhile, is expected to play in a practise match next week as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee problem. The Dutch midfielder has been back in full training.
Date:Friday January 6 2012
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