‘We must be at our best’

Western Mail - - SPORT -

SAM Clu­cas wants Swansea City to take a ma­jor step for­ward against Tot­ten­ham to give them­selves the best pos­si­ble chance of mak­ing it a hat-trick of mem­o­rable tri­umphs at Wem­b­ley.

Since the home of English foot­ball was re­de­vel­oped, the Swans have been there twice and won twice as they took the spoils in the 2011 Cham­pi­onship play-off fi­nal and the 2013 League Cup fi­nal.

Few are giv­ing Paul Cle­ment’s men any hope of mak­ing it three from three when they face a Tot­ten­ham side who have hit their stride in vic­to­ries over Ever­ton and Borus­sia Dort­mund.

A dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance against New­cas­tle last time out means the Swans will be firm un­der­dogs against a side they have not beaten away from home in league ac­tion in 88 years of try­ing.

Clu­cas – who re­cently joined the club from Hull – knows a re­peat could have dire con­se­quences, but has promised a re­sponse from the Welsh club.

“Peo­ple can talk about Spurs’ record at Wem­b­ley, but the fact of the mat­ter is that it will not be a fac­tor un­less we can pro­duce a much bet­ter per­for­mance against New­cas­tle,” said the mid­fielder.

“If we play the same way again it will not be enough to get any­thing from the game.

“So it will be dif­fi­cult, we know that. All 11 of us have to show up.

“If we do that, then we will give our­selves an op­por­tu­nity to get some­thing from the game.”

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