Amat: We showed plenty of fight
13th April 2014
Jordi Amat believes the battling qualities shown in the narrow defeat to Chelsea proved the Swans are up for the fight against the drop.
Garry Monk's side had to play for 74 minutes with a one-man disadvantage at the Liberty as referee Phil Dowd dismissed Chico Flores after the Spaniard received his second booking for a foul on Andre Schurrle.
It meant the Swans had to dig deep to fend off Chelsea's advances, but the visitors broke the deadlock in the 68th minute as Demba Ba's shot squirmed under Michel Vorm.
That proved the difference as Chelsea picked up their first victory at the Liberty, while it left the Swans just three points above third-bottom Fulham.
But Amat, who came on in place of Pablo Hernandez minutes after Chico's sending off, believes the side's performance against the Blues gives them hope ahead of next weekend's trip to Newcastle United.
"We fought for the whole game and tried our best to prevent them from scoring," said Amat, who made his 26th appearance of the season.
"We tried to maintain our mentality after the red card and I think we still played some good football.
"We were very unlucky with their goal, and then we had to go in search of a goal, but it's hard when they are pressing with 11 men against our ten."
He added: "We need to go to Newcastle and win. We go there with the same mentality that we showed today.
"Victory there would be a real boost for us."