Fernandez positive over change in form

19th December 2017
First team

Federico Fernandez believes the Swans showed signs they have the quality to play their way out of trouble despite Monday night’s defeat at Everton.

Paul Clement’s side remain bottom of the Premier League and four points adrift of safety following the 3-1 loss at Goodison Park.

The visitors had started brightly on Merseyside, and found themselves a goal up just past the half-hour mark after Leroy Fer sidefooted Tom Carroll’s corner past Jordan Pickford.

But the Swans came unstuck seconds before the break as Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired home after Wayne Rooney’s spot-kick was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Former Swan Gylfi Sigurdsson then put Everton ahead just past the hour before another penalty – this time scored by Rooney – ended any hopes of a Swans comeback.

But Fernandez, who started his first game since the defeat at Burnley a month ago, insists the Swans must produce the sort of promising performance they delivered in the first half over a full 90 minutes.

“We started well and played from the back,” said the defender, who returned to captain the Swans.

“We managed to get ahead, but then we conceded a penalty right at the end of the first half.

“We were in good shape before that, so it was frustrating to be level at half-time.

“We are not having any luck, which was summed up by the second penalty.

“We need to take the positives from the first half - we showed we can play good football at a difficult place like Everton.

“It was good but not good enough to win the game, and that’s what we need to change.”