Date:Saturday March 21 2009
Midfielder Darren Pratley said failing to reach the play-offs this season would feel like getting relegated.
The Swans have surpassed all expectation this season, and while our aim was simply to avoid the drop, we're in a play-off battle which very few predicted we'd be in back in the Summer.
Martinez's side have dented their play-off hopes after a poor run of form lately, suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time in 107 games.
We've dropped to 9th as a result, after flirting with 6th place after a 1-0 win at home to Plymouth.
Now we're there and have shown we're more than capable of finishing in the top 6, it would be disappointing not to be amongst the play-offs in May.
Darren Pratley told Wales Online:
"To be honest if we don`t make it to the top six then it will feel as if we have been relegated this season,"
"Say we do end up finishing in 10th spot now there will be a massive sense of disappointment.
"If you had told us at the start of the season we would finish 10th in the Championship in our first season then a lot of people would have been happy with that.
But as things have gone on we really have earned the right to still be in the hunt. The boys have done so well.
"We have been playing it down all along about wanting to be in the top six, but after a few games in this division we suddenly realised we didn`t have anything to fear. It would be disappointing to miss out now.
"But I suppose that is incredible in a way. This is a club which has not played at this level for 24 years, so you would think once we had finally got here we would be happy to stay here for a few years.
"Stay up and celebrate at the end of the season. But things have changed for us. And when you think about it that can only be good for Swansea as a football club and good for the fans the players are feeling like that.
"If we don`t make it into the top six you won`t see any of the boys out celebrating put it that way."
Martinez and his squad have surprised a lot of people this season with their unique style of football and their achievements.
This season we've lacked any Championship experience but next year we should be much better equipped to go one better if we finish 7th or below this term.
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