Dave Jones has defended himself against previous accusations that he does not take the South Wales derby seriously.

Speaking ahead of the match against Swansea on Sunday Jones told the official website: "There are a lot of things that have been written about what I'm supposed to have said in the past about derby games. I`ve never played this fixture down - it`s how people interpret the things I say.

"Everybody at this football club knows how important derby games are, including me. Why? Because I`ve played in them myself. This game with Swansea is very important to us - there are three points on offer and we want them."

"No doubt about it though, it`s going to be a tough game. Our next game happens to be against our local rivals, but sometimes you do have to put things into perspective a little bit so as not to fall into the trap of playing the occasion.

"So yes, it`s about getting three points against another Championship opponent but we know derby games do have a different feel."