Dorus: League Is Our Priority
Friday, 13th Feb 2009 08:08
Dorus De Vries is enjoying the Swans cup run but says the league remains their priority
The question has been asked on what is best for Swansea City. Back to back promotions or advancement to the latter stages of the FA Cup although in fairness many do believe that both are achievable as the Swans look to protect an unbeaten run that stretches back to November.
Birmingham were the last team to defeat Swansea and tomorrow against Fulham they will look to secure a quarter final place in the FA Cup for the first time in over 40 years.
But although De Vries appreciates the magic of the FA Cup he is also focused on what he believes to be the main job in hand and that is the league form.
The Dutchman told the Western Mail “The FA Cup is a fantastic competition with a great history
“I love it so much I flew from Holland to go to the Millennium Stadium to watch the final with Chelsea against Arsenal.
“I had the possibility of getting a ticket and, as a football supporter, it was just too good an opportunity to miss.
“It was a great day. The cup is something special for everyone.
“It’s a great match against Fulham, an enormous one for us. It’s one we are looking forward to and we hope we can make a good game of it,” said de Vries.
“We are in good form in the league at the moment and we are up against Premier League opposition, so it would be nice to keep our good form going against them.
“We want to win every game we play, but the league is a priority of course, even if the cup is a great bonus.
“I played in the Scottish Cup final with Dunfermline and it was a great day, one you remember all of your life, but we were relegated that season.
“We managed to get the performances going in the cup, but not the league which was a problem. Looking back, we wished we had stayed up and not made it to the cup final.
“Look at Cardiff last season, Sure they made the final, but then they lost and also missed out on promotion.
“Of course the fans had a good day out, but as professional player you want to win things.
“In the end they were empty-handed. So a cup run would be very nice, but the chance of promotion is much more important to us.
“Dimi going to Cardiff did surprise me, but they need an experienced keeper and he did well here,” added de Vries.
“For me it is not a case of seeing off a rival because you cannot allow your concentration to drop in that way.
“You can’t afford it. You have to be self-disciplined. If I stay focused, I believe I can achieve big things with this team.”
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