Rodgers: Cup important to us
The Swans make the trip to Greenhous Meadow to face League Two Shrewsbury in the second round of the League Cup in Tuesday night, having just embarked on their maiden Premier League campaign. A 4-0 opening defeat at Manchester City was followed by an encouraging display in Saturday's goalless draw against Wigan. The Welsh club face Sunderland at home on Saturday in their next top-flight clash, and while Rodgers could be forgiven for casting his gaze beyond the meeting with Graham Turner's men, he will still be sending out a strong side. He said: "It's a competition we would like to do well in. It was one of the agreements we had when we had a meeting between the staff and players in Austria (during pre-season). "I don't like to disrespect competitions as I would like to win every game I play with the club, so we will always put out a side that we think can win the game, but also one that gives me the chance to look at players who are working tirelessly in training but may not have had much game time. "We know where our priorities lie, but we are not putting less importance on it and hopefully we can do well and put in a good performance." Rodgers will again be without club captain Garry Monk, who will continue his return from a foot problem by featuring for the reserves on Thursday, but youngsters Daniel Alfei and Joe Walsh are set for starts in defence. Joe Allen, Andrea Orlandi and Mark Gower are to be handed the chance to stake a claim for places in midfield, while record signing Danny Graham continues up front and Jose Moreira replaces Michel Vorm in goal. The Shrews have made a slow start to their league campaign, picking up their first win at the fifth attempt against Crewe on Saturday. But they have a pedigree when it comes to cup upsets, having knocked Everton out of the FA Cup in 2003 and dumped Championship side Derby out in the first round of this season's Carling Cup, and Rodgers believes his players will have to be on their mettle. "It's certainly going to be a tough game," he said. "We have players who have been on that journey and played at that level. They understand what can happen if your application isn't right. "We go there knowing it will be a difficult game. They had a good result at the weekend, they have a fantastic manager with great experience and one or two players than can cause problems. "So we need to go there and be prepared as we would against any team and do a professional job. "If we bring our 'A' game we will win the game, but we understand Shrewsbury will have a motivation to do well but we are going there to concentrate on doing our job."