The Swans made a superb start to the campaign, hammering Queens Park Rangers 5-0 on the opening day before dispatching West Ham 3-0 and earning a point in an enthralling contest with Sunderland.
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He told the South Wales Evening Post: "The next game is always important, but this time that really is the case. In my experience as a player and as a manager, there are moments in a season where you can't just say that this game is important, because you say that always.
"I think there are three or four games during a season which are more important than normal important games, and I think the first one for us is on Saturday.
"The reasons why this game is so important are obvious. We have lost three league games in a row and we have the international break to come after this one.
""It's one of the three or four you have in every season where you say 'Guys, it's this one we need to win because it will give us so much'."