Britton: QPR rout a one-off

  • Last Updated: August 24 2012, 16:36 BST

Leon Britton has warned Swansea they must keep their feet on the ground when they face West Ham at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Leon Britton: Staying grounded

Michael Laudrup's side made a dream start to the new campaign with a crushing 5-0 win at QPR last weekend and lie third in the Barclays Premier League table.

The manner of the win, coming at a ground where Swansea had never beaten their opponents, means there is a keen sense of anticipation ahead of the first home meeting of the season against Sam Allardyce's Hammers.

But former West Ham midfielder Britton knows results like that at QPR will not be the norm, and with the visitors having also started their campaign with a win, against Aston Villa, he knows the Swans will need to be on their game.

He said: "Last week's result was a one-off. It's the sort of thing that happens once in every 20 or 30 games when everything goes for you.

"Every shot you have goes in, every tackle is made and every block is made and they fail to take their chances.

"You don't get carried away as you will get punished on Saturday. We have experienced players in the squad who will keep our feet on the ground and obviously the manager and staff will make sure of it.

"But if you get too far ahead of yourself we will lose on Saturday, there is no doubt about it."

Britton, 29, was a youth player at Arsenal but left for Upton Park when the Hammers paid a £400,000 fee for him as a 16-year-old, although he did not get the chance to follow the likes of Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole into the Hammers first team.

Having joined Swansea while they were in League Two, Britton had few expectations the club would embark on anything like the startling rise they have experienced, and that he would have the chance to face his former club in the top flight.

"I've waited a long time. I left about 10 years ago and I've been waiting to play them ever since," he said.

"When the fixtures came out this season this was the first one I looked for.

"To play West Ham in our first home game of the season is something I am looking forward to.

"I've always wanted to play against West Ham because it was a team I was at for three or four years as a YTS and young pro.

"I wouldn't have been gutted if I never got the chance but it's something I'm looking forward to."

Britton is also adjusting to having a new midfield partner, with Jonathan de Guzman filling the role vacated by Liverpool signing Joe Allen.

Swansea are close to making another addition in the middle of the park with the arrival of Ki Sung-yeung from Celtic imminent, and Britton admits the gelling with the new faces in the squad has been going well.

"We have new guys playing together so it takes time. In pre-season you play a little bit but as you go by the understanding gets better and better.

"We made a good start last week but as we go on I am sure it will improve further."