Ben Cabango | Building momentum key to play-off push

9th March
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Ben Cabango believes building momentum will be key to Swansea City’s play-off hopes as the “mad” Championship season enters its final nine games.

Steve Cooper’s side dropped one place in the table yet moved one point closer to the top six following last weekend’s results.

The Swans were held by Championship leaders West Brom at the Liberty in a 0-0 stalemate on Saturday, and now travel to Middlesbrough this weekend.

With just three points separating them and sixth-placed Preston, Cabango knows a good run of results will strengthen the Swans’ play-off push.

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“It’s a mad table. There are nine games left now so, hopefully, we can get good momentum and push for those play-off places,” said the centre-back.

“We just want to win as many games as possible and get into that play-off spot.

“In the changing room, all of us are confident we can do that. We’ve got enough quality and believe we can go into every game and win.

“Obviously, that wasn’t the case on Saturday but, for every game between now and the end of the season, we feel like the three points are up for grabs.

“Hopefully, we will pick up momentum and get into the play-off places.”

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An 11th clean sheet of the season paved the win for another valuable point against the division’s top scorers last weekend.

Cabango, central partner Joe Rodon and full-backs Kyle Naughton and Jake Bidwell received high praise from boss Cooper for their part in shutting out the Baggies.

Now they face the Championship’s lowest scorers Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

And Cabango was delighted with the Swans’ latest defensive display.

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“Overall, we were happy with the result,” said the 19-year-old. “Obviously, West Brom are a quality team and to get a clean sheet against the top-scoring side in the Championship is a bonus.

“With the way the last two games went with conceding stoppage-time goals, it’s good that we saw it through.

“As a team, I thought we defended really well; we obviously limited them to about three good chances. We also had a lot of chances going the other way, so it’s not like it was a one-sided game. I think a draw was a fair result.”