Defeat is not an option for Swansea boss

Brendan Rodgers admits Swansea will have a mountain to climb in the race for automatic promotion if they lose to Norwich.

But Rodgers believes the first objective ahead of a crucial final month of the campaign is to secure the Swans' play-off spot before raising their sights any higher.

'If we were to lose the top two would be a big ask – the gap to Norwich would be seven points and that's a lot to make up in six games,' he said.

'But I am not thinking about drawing the game or losing the game. The mentality is to win the game and that is what we will set out to do.

'We have made life a bit harder for ourselves by dropping some points away from home in recent weeks, but in a sense nothing has changed because we would always have been looking to beat Norwich.

'We have nearly always performed in the big games and we aim to do so again.'

Swansea would move to within a point of the Canaries with a win but Rodgers is also wary of the chasing pack.

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'Taking away the top two for a moment, the objective is to make sure we are in the play-offs,' he said. 'We cannot afford to get above ourselves. If you were looking in from the outside at any club in the top six, you would say they've had a terrific season.

'We are in there now, in a great position, and just finishing in the play-offs would be a fantastic achievement. It would be a massive step forward for this club, but we're aware there's still a mile to go before we get there.'

Rodgers is well aware Swansea have come up just short of the play-offs in the last two campaigns.

'This is the third season at this level for this group of players,' he said. 'In the first season they were looking like they may get into the play-offs and ended up in the top 10, which was still a terrific finish.

'Last season they had another great run and just fell out at the end. If it didn't happen again in the third season for whatever reason, you would have to look if we had enough mental strength in the group.

'I believe we have, but this is the stage of the season where we find out. This is the time when the good teams up the tempo, and that's what we aim to do.'