Boss happy with road return

6th April 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal has saluted Swansea City’s efforts on their travels as they get set for another away day at West Bromwich Albion.

The Swans go in search of only their third Premier League victory outside SA1 this season at The Hawthorns tomorrow.

The last success on the road was at Watford at the end of December – Carvalhal’s first game in charge – although they have since claimed creditable draws at St James’ Park and the King Power Stadium.

The Swans have lost their last two away fixtures, at Brighton and Manchester United, but Carvalhal reckons they can be pleased with what they have done.

“For a team like us, in our position and who were last in the table, to get the points we have away from home is fantastic,” he said.

“I am very happy with what we have done so far in our away games.

“We won at Watford and we drew at Newcastle and Leicester, then we lost at Brighton and Manchester United.

“So far, I am very happy with what my players have done away from home and also with our home form.”

The Swans get the chance to improve their away record when they face an Albion side who have lost eight straight league games.

But the Baggies hope a change of manager – Darren Moore has taken over on a caretaker basis following the departure of Alan Pardew this week – could trigger a change in fortunes.

“This game is not decisive, but it’s an important game just like all the games we have played since I came here and all the games we have left,” Carvalhal added.

“We have seven games left. After this weekend, we will have four home games and two away, so that is a positive.

“But we know we must win more points. If we can do that soon that’s better, but also we have two home games and one away in the final seven days of the season, which is another positive.”