Vorm: Swans must stay focused

The two clubs meet in Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Liberty

Stadium. Alex McLeish’s side lie eighth in the table but have

picked up just one win from their last five games and suffered a

disappointing 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Monday. They have also

failed to land all three points in their six away fixtures to date,

having played out four draws and two defeats, but Dutch goalkeeper

Vorm says any side containing the likes of Darren Bent and Gabriel

Agbonlahor, who have 10 goals between them this season, will be a

force to be reckoned with. The former Utrecht stopper said: “I have

seen some highlights of them and away from home they have not won

this season. “But they are a team with great players like Darren

Bent, who always scores 15 to 20 goals a season and if we make a

mistake like we did against Manchester United he is someone that

can finish it. “Agbonlahor and Bent are big threats. Bent has

scored so many goals and has the kind of qualities that don’t

disappear just because you have had one or two defeats. “We have to

be careful, especially if you have a lot of possession in the game.

You still always have to watch out for these kind of players

because they only need one chance. “It will be tough but if we play

like we did in the second half against United, or for the whole

game against Liverpool, we can beat anybody.” Vorm, 28, has proven

to be one of the bargain buys of this campaign after turning in a

string of excellent performances since his £1.5million summer

move. His athleticism and agility have seen him make several

outstanding saves and helped Swansea to concede just two goals at

their Liberty Stadium home. But he has no intention of resting on

his laurels, and says continued focus from him and his defence will

be vital if Swansea are to get a result tomorrow, and ultimately

retain their top-flight status. “I don’t think being relaxed is a

good attitude to have. We’ve won our games and got clean sheets

because of our good attitude and focus, so we have to keep that

because when that happens it’s hard to beat us,” he said. While

Villa have yet to win on their travels, Swansea’s home form has

been highly impressive. The south Wales club had picked up three

wins and two draws before Manchester United became the first side

to lower their colours on home turf with a 1-0 win last weekend. A

big feature of their home successes has been their ability to

dominate possession with their fluent passing game. And while Vorm

knows the hosts will take plenty of confidence into Sunday’s clash,

he has warned that they will need to make the most of their time

with the ball as visiting sides look to adopt a more defensive

approach. “Our confidence is very high at home. We have played six

at home and our possession and performances so far have been good,”

he said. “People talk about our possession but sometimes having

that much possession can be tricky. “Teams know they’re not going

to have the ball when they play us so they will wait for their

opportunities and players like Darren Bent make that so dangerous.

“But confidence levels are so high and if we can keep our

concentration for 90 minutes we can beat anybody at home.”