Celina eyes away success

2nd November 2018
First team

Bersant Celina has challenged Swansea City to follow up back-to-back home wins with some precious points on the road this month.

After beating Blackburn Rovers and Reading at the Liberty last week, the Swans face trips to Rotherham United this weekend and Bolton Wanderers a week on Saturday.

Graham Potter’s side are up to eighth in the Championship – two points off the play-offs – as they get set for a first trip to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The Swans now go in search for their first away win since the 2-1 triumph at Millwall two months ago.

And Celina wants to see the Swans' home improvement backed up by more success on the road.

“We showed at the start of the season that we can go to some big grounds and get results,” said Celina.

“Winning at Sheffield United on the opening day was a big boost for us, and we beat Millwall despite playing virtually the whole game with 10 men.

“We drew at Birmingham City, Middlesbrough and Wigan, which were useful points for us.

“But we know if we want to be knocking on the door of the play-offs that we need to pick up some wins away from home too.

“These two away games with Rotherham and Bolton will be tough, but we know we are capable of picking up points.

“At home we have turned our results around, now we must go and get more points on the road – that is our target.”

Celina has also paid tribute to Daniel James, who played a significant part in both goals in the 2-0 win over Reading last time out.

The academy product also struck the woodwork twice in the victory against Blackburn, and Celina feels he is benefiting from playing alongside the pacy winger.

“I know his strengths and I look for him every time I get the ball in order to get the best out of Dan,” added the Kosovan. “I know he can get behind defences and use his pace to get onto the end of my passes.

“I found him for the first goal against Reading when he was brought down for the penalty, while for the second goal I managed to pass through their defence and I knew if he got onto the end of it that he would play the perfect cross for Oli (McBurnie) to score from.

“He makes me look good, so it’s a good combination which I hope will continue to grow.”