Andre Ayew | We need to show more if we want to get to Wembley
Andre Ayew says he and his Swansea City team-mates are desperate to give supporters the chance of a trip to Wembley, but has warned they’ll need to take their performance up a level to complete the job.
Having won the first leg of their play-off semi-final at Barnsley in midweek, courtesy of Ayew’s wonderful first-half finish at Oakwell, the Swans return to the Liberty for the second leg holding a slender 1-0 advantage.
The Ghanaian and his team-mates will play in front of the Jack Army for the first time in 16 months with the second leg granted pilot status by the Welsh Government in the process of returning spectators to sporting and cultural events.
And Ayew would love nothing more than to mark the occasion by sending the club to Wembley and a final against Brentford and Bournemouth, with fans once against set to be present for the May 29 showpiece.
But Swansea’s top scorer knows the task is a long way from being complete against an obdurate and energetic Barnsley side.
“The first leg was a very difficult game and we know the second leg will be too, we already knew how tough a team they are and that they deserve their place in the play-offs,” he said.
“We will have to be ready. The most important thing is to try and get to Wembley and do everything we can for the fans and the club.
“Everyone plays a part. Freddie made a great double save in the first game, and if you want to get results in these games everyone has to be ready to give a bit more.
“We have to be ready to do that again, we will stay calm, prepare well and look to try and play better again.
“We have our fans back for this one and I cannot wait, that’s a fact.
“It was noisy at Barnsley, but we know how noisy our fans can be and we want to experience that and give them a trip to Wembley.
“But there’s a lot of work to be done, the first game was won on fine details and we know we need to do more than we did in the first leg.”