Date:Friday April 15 2011
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers says his side haven't shown enough aggression in recent away games as they've struggled to pick up points on their travels.
The Swans face a big game on Saturday away at Burnley and Rodgers is calling for his team to show more 'steel':
"These are the moments which can define games,"
"We didn`t start so well in the Derby and Preston games, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb and that always gives a struggling side motivation and something to hold on to.
"We`ve really got to go and show the steel we have for a big part of the season.
"I just felt in our away games there was an aggression missing early on in the season. We were just too open.
"It was something we had rectified, but it had slipped back into our away performances.
"We know you`ve got to go into these away games and make sure your spaces are closed, your lines are close and you are not giving anything away.
"You play your football and earn that respect to play. When we`ve been at our best away from home that`s what we`ve done, we`ve earned the right to play.
"We got our victories from there.
"It is making sure our defensive base as a team is solid and the framework to play our football comes from that."
Swansea City have been making far too many costly mistakes defensively - especially away from home and we need to starting winning away games if we still want to get the 2nd automatic promotion place.
Rodgers' team have been guilty of own goals, conceding penalties and sloppy goals from set pieces which has cost us a lot of points away, the Swans boss added:
"What gives us great hope is the results we`ve had away from home, we`ve had some excellent performances. So I know we can do it and that`s the most important thing,'
"We are a team who can pick ourselves up and we don`t seem to dwell so much.
"It`s the stage of the season where teams and players can become a bit anxious.
"You have got to try and think clearly under pressure and keep your mindset.
"If we perform well, nine times out of 10 we will win the games.
"We will look to try and dominate possession and wear them down, but we are under no illusions our next two games are going to be very tough indeed.
"I`ve got top players in the squad who have been outstanding and they know what they are going to do.
"We can only worry about playing our football. We can`t worry about anything else.
Rodgers also talked specifically about tomorrow's game at Turf Moor, and while he admits it's a difficult one, he has 'full belief' we can win:
"We have to try and take full points against Burnley.
"It`s just important that we stay in there right until the very end
"We go into every game trying to win it and that is our only focus.
"We are only two points off second position, but we know it`s going to be a difficult game.
"It`s important we finish the season strong and the players are ready for it.
"They`ve had a brilliant result against Norwich and in that game we showed our ability to compete at the very top of this league.
"Hull arrived and we were under no illusion that would be just as difficult.
"They changed their formation four times in the game to accommodate us and we thoroughly deserved to go ahead in that match.
"Then we conceded a sloppy goal from our perspective, but we went for the win and it was not to be.
"We will just keeping looking forward and trying to win games.
"Burnley are a good side with good players, they are going through a difficult run, but we need to focus on going there and getting a result.
"I`ve got every belief we can."
Date:Friday April 15 2011
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