Britton encouraged by team display
26th December 2013
Leon Britton believes the Swans will need to start at Aston Villa where they finished off at Chelsea as they look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.
Michael Laudrup's side went down 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day as Eden Hazard's 29th-minute strike proved the difference.
The Blues created a number of chances in the first half but were denied by a stern Swans backline.
The visitors improved in the sec perond half and pushed hard for an equaliser in the latter stages, with Jose Mourinho's side dealing with some heavy pressure.
They would hold out for the three points, but Britton felt the effort shown particularly in the second half will need to be repeated at Villa Park as the Swans prepare to take on Paul Lambert's side this Saturday.
"We were hanging in there in the first half, but in second half we played quite well and we finished the game quite strongly," said the midfielder, who featured for all 90 minutes following his recovery from a broken toe.
"When it's 1-0 you are in with a chance of getting something. We believed a bit more in the second half.
"We were disappointed to lose but we can take things from this game for the Aston Villa match. We can be encouraged by today's performance.
"Villa lost today too against Crystal Palace so they will be looking to put that right at home.
"But we have to go there and be confident. We have won there in the past so we know what it takes to win there."