World news – Is it now a hunt for the second automatic commercial?


Can Swansea boss Steve Cooper, right, close the gap to Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke?

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Swansea head coach Steve Cooper has challenged his players to enjoy the « lively » battle for automatic promotion as the championship promotion race increases.

The Swans travel to Luton for the kick-off on Saturday at 12:15 pm to keep the pace at the top of the table after drawing 1-1 at Blackburn mid-week.

While Norwich opened a 10-point lead on Sunday against Sheffield fighters on Wednesday , there is little choice between the teams behind them.

Cooper believes his squad has the right mindset to deliver. « We’re feeling very positive, it’s a great situation, » said Cooper.

« After a few more games you’re in single digits, there aren’t many games left. It’s an exciting part of the season. » We are in the middle of a busy schedule and had to play an extra game this week because the cancellation was in January, so it’s lively at the moment.

« We’re trying to be successful in this situation. We have two away games ahead of us So we need to put a lot of emphasis on rest and preparation, but the training ground is really alive. Everyone is enjoying their work and looking forward to the games. « 

Cooper added: » We understand that certain things intensify and improve when the games are logged off.  » But we have to work even harder to keep doing what we do and what has brought us to this place in the first place. «  »

Luton will want to provide an answer after losing 3-0 at Norwich last weekend.

« Swansea are doing really well. If they play well and are fluent they can score and hurt you If they aren’t, they grind results, « said Jones.

Watford joins play-off hopefuls Cardiff, who have changed their form under new manager Mick McCarthy.

Hornets boss Xisco Munoz said: « We know that we have to go there like gladiators, play very hard and do our best, with strength, intensity and ambition.

Reading, fifth, goes to Nottingham Forest, while Bournemouth goes to the formidable Barnsley who are trying to get them back into the top six.

At the other end of the table, Birmingham are looking to leave the last three places behind with Bristol City.

Bottom club Wycombe welcome Preston, Millwall leave after Derby and QPR is at home against Huddersfield.

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