Swansea City boss Graeme Potter has urged his players to ‘rise to the occasion’ against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Swans manager has thrown the gauntlet down for his players to respond to the challenge against the former Premier League side, and hopes his players can respond.
The South Wales outfit are currently 11th and despite Villa’s slow start, Potter knows they will face a tough game.
“We know they are going to be organised and they are going to be strong,” Potter told Swansea’s official website.
“And we know that we are going to have to be good. We need to rise to the occasion, because I think this will be a fantastic football occasion and hopefully a great advert for the Championship.
“It’s probably as tough an environment as we could go into in this division.
Potter has stated that the appointment of new head coach Dean Smith at the helm of the Midlands outfit will give the Villa faithful a boost ahead of their clash at the weekend.
“Not long ago it might have been quite a negative environment for the home team, where you feel if you keep them quiet for a little while the supporters might turn.’’ He added.
“But now it’s completely different. The supporters will be right behind Aston Villa because they have a new management team.
“On top of that, I think it will be an emotional afternoon following the sad passing of Sir Doug Ellis, who was hugely influential at that club and in football in general.