Dyer: It's time to get back on track
28th January 2015
Nathan Dyer believes the Swans must show their true colours and return to their high standards as they aim to bounce back from recent results.
The Swans head to high-flying Southampton this Sunday on the back of a 5-0 home defeat to Chelsea followed by the FA Cup exit to Championship side Blackburn Rovers, which saw Garry Monk's men end the tie with nine men.
Ronald Koeman's side, now third in the top tier following a run of six games unbeaten, boosted their hopes of European qualification with three straight victories over Newcastle United, Manchester United and Arsenal.
The Swans, however, head to St Mary's looking to claim a first win over the Saints in the Barclays Premier League.
And Dyer insists the squad is determined to return to turn their fortunes around against his former club.
"It would be good now to draw a line under the last week or so, get everybody's heads together, refocus and get back on track," said Dyer, who has scored five goals in 24 appearances this season.
"We did so well at the start of the season and it's not a case of becoming a bad side.
"It sounds a little like we're bottom of the league, but they're the expectations that have grown because of how we started the season.
"We set our own standards and we know we need to get back to those right away.
"There's always a period in a season where a team will go through it and you have to show what you're about.
"It's been hard with the number of games we had over Christmas, coming out of that is a bit of a comedown and teams will always have a slump in form at some stage.
"I don't think we're in a slump, but we know we could have done better.
"It's about coming through it - and I'm sure we will.
"We have the quality to do it and we can go from there."