Writer: Andy Morgan
Date:Tuesday December 16 2008
Tom Butler has admitted that the pressure is growing on Swansea City to end their run of consecutive draws.
The five draws have seen Swansea fall off the pace in their quest for the play - offs and Butler believes now is the time to start turning dominant performances into wins.
The tricky winger told the Evening Post:
'There is going to be pressure on us now. In the back of our heads we hear draw, draw, draw and it's extremely frustrating.'
'When we finish the game I go away and think about the chances we've had, but all we can do is look forward to the next game and put it right.'
'We need to get rid of those demons and score more goals — we haven't scored in the first half for a few games and that would help.'
'We are cruising or battering teams and then all of a sudden one lapse of concentration and we've lost two points. It can really zap you. A lot of teams in the league would be buzzing at a draw with this side, but it says something about our ambition having just come up that draws are not acceptable. It would be different if we were struggling, but we're dominating.'
'The fact is we haven't won in six. The way we've been dominating teams it's hard to take a draw,' said Butler. 'We're dropping too many points. We've said it a few times that we should have won by a lot, but the fact is we haven't.'
'We don't want to wait until the end of the year and wonder where we could have been had we won that game or had we not conceded late on there.'
'That's why we know we need to turn this around pretty soon.'
'But with one or two win s and teams around us losing we'll be up there again. The league will stay as tight as this until as late as March and only then will teams break off. It's case of not panicking — the key is to stay in there.'
'As players we do have enough experience to realise where we are despite the frustration. If we were down the relegation zone it would be different, or even if we weren't creating the chances, or if we weren't playing well full stop.'
'But we're still in the mix, dominating sides and playing well and all that is missing is being a bit more clinical.'
The Swans first opportunity to display the clinical edge Butler wants is at Bloomfield Road on Saturday. The Swans take on Blackpool and fans can now pay on the gate.
Date:Tuesday December 16 2008
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