Britton's aiming higher after vital victory
20th March 2016
Leon Britton believes the Swans can start looking up the Barclays Premier League table after a vital 1-0 win over Aston Villa at the Liberty.
Federico Fernandez's first goal for the club proved the difference as the Swans moved onto 36 points with seven games remaining.
Victory not only overtook Crystal Palace into 15th place, but it puts an 11-point gap between Francesco Guidolin's side and third-bottom Sunderland, who have two games in hand.
The Swans now sit three points off 11th-placed West Brom, and Britton feels the Swans' most recent win gives them an opportunity to climb the table even further.
"It wasn't a vintage performance, but we needed the points and it was a big, big win for us," said the midfielder.
"We are not safe yet, but we are on 36 points now and there's only a few points between us and the teams above us.
"We have a good cushion from the teams below us, so let's turn this around and catch the teams above us and finish as high as we can."
Britton was a half-term substitute for Ki Sung-Yueng, with the 33-year-old impressing at the base of the Swans midfield.
He added: "Francesco wanted me to pick up the second balls and pick the tempo up a bit as he felt we didn't get going in the first half.
"He was frustrated that they were getting a lot of second balls after going long to (Rudy) Gestede.
"So I just needed to get in there and win possession and get us moving forward a little quicker.
"It was difficult for us to express ourselves as Villa gave everything they had. They are at the bottom of the table, but there was no doubt that the game was going to be really tough and tight.
"But, in the end, we got what we wanted - three points - and when you're in the position we have been in then that's all that matters at this stage of the season."
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