Ben Hamer | That was a step in the right direction
Ben Hamer felt Swansea City had taken a good step in the right direction with their dominant 2-0 win over Barnsley at Oakwell.
The Swans bounced back from their weekend draw against Blackpool, having the lion’s share of possession and territory and making the breakthrough via goals from Olivier Ntcham and Jamie Paterson.
It was Swansea’s third away win of the season and moved them up to ninth in the Championship table; it was also their ninth clean sheet of the campaign.
And the goalkeeper felt the victory was evidence that the Swans are starting to replicate their home form on their travels.
“I think this was a really good step in the right direction,” he said.
“We have been saying about bringing some of those home performances and producing them again away from home.
“We have been very solid at home, we have not conceded many goals, just a few, and this was a game that was a good reflection of how we have been playing at home.
“It is pleasing to see but we have to go on and make sure we back it up against Reading on Saturday.”
The Swans completed over 800 passes against the Tykes and had nearly 80 per cent of possession.
It took until the latter stages of the contest for the visitors to find the breakthrough, but Hamer knows there will be times that patience is important for the Swans when facing sides happy to defend deep.
“The way we play, one of the parts of it is it allows us to keep the opposition away from our goal,” he added.
“If that means we end up keeping the ball away from the other team, and in the second half of games teams tend to tire.
“It is not easy to break teams down, there is a lot of hard work that goes into it from our side, but we know it is harder for the opposition.
“You could see they were well organised at the back in the first half, and maybe we did not cause them too many problems.
“But in the second half you could see that they were really tiring, and the fans stuck with us and were patient with it.
“Saturday was unfortunate because we had the better of the game, we had the lead, and then there was a defensive mishap at the end, I was culpable for that.
“I have to take responsibility for that. We had a bit of a talking to after that and we showed the right reaction.”