'The fans will be with us - we must respond'

22nd December 2017
First team

Leon Britton reckons the Jack Army will play their part when Swansea City go in search of victory against Crystal Palace this weekend.

But the Swans’ caretaker boss admits the players must do their bit to get the crowd going.

The Swans are desperate for points having won only one of their last 10 Premier League games.

And Britton hopes the club will put up a united front as they target a win.

“I hope the atmosphere will be good, with the fans right behind the players from the first minute to the last,” he said.

“But I also think the players have to give the fans something to get behind.

“We have to be fighting for every ball, running as hard as we can and on top of that playing some good football.

“When we have needed the fans most, they have been there for us.

“I know there has been some bad feeling in the stadium at times, but I think the fans will be right behind us this weekend.”

While the Swans are struggling for form, Palace arrive having enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.

The Eagles endured a miserable start to the season, but have put together a seven-match unbeaten league run to climb from 20th to 14th place in the table.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” Britton added.

“They have a very experienced manager in Roy Hodgson who has gone in there and picked up some really good results.

“People were writing Palace off at the start of the season, but they have just shown what you can do.

“They have some very good individual players and they are very well organised, but we will focus on them and talk about how we’re going to try to beat them.”