Fernandez: We must show our style at West Ham
Federico Fernandez wants Swansea City to show style as well as steel at West Ham this weekend as they look to bounce back from defeat against Watford.
The Swans have made an impressive start to the 2017-18 season on the road, showing defensive grit to keep clean sheets in all three of their away games so far and winning two Carabao Cup ties.
Oddly, their form at the Liberty has been less impressive, with last Saturday’s loss to Watford leaving Paul Clement’s men without a point from their first three home matches.
The Swans will look to put the Watford reverse behind them when they take on Slaven Bilic’s Hammers side.
And Fernandez, who was outstanding in the last away league fixture at Spurs, hopes Clement’s side can stamp their authority on this Saturday’s game at the London Stadium.
“It’s always difficult when you go away from home and West Ham, like us, are not in the best position, so it’s going to be a tough game,” the Swans defender said.
“The three points are very important. We need to prepare well and play like a final because we need to recover the points we lost at home.
“The most important thing is to perform well. We have to play our way with our style. We want to go on the pitch and do what we prepare for all week.”
Fernandez has been delighted with the Swans’ defensive efforts away from the Liberty so far this season.
But the experienced Argentine, who has worn the captain’s armband for much of this campaign, reckons Clement’s side have room for improvement.
“We have done well away from home because we have been hard to break down,” he added.
“We have stayed in games and that gives you a chance to get a result.
“We should have kept another clean sheet at home against Newcastle – that was a game we should not have lost but one set-piece made the difference.
“But I think we have the quality to keep a lot of clean sheets this season.
“If we can do that and also play our style when we have the ball, I think we can do well.”
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