Focus now on winning, says Neil Taylor

29th July

Neil Taylor believes Swansea's pre-season focus has shifted as they prepare to face Exeter City at St. James' Park tonight at 7.15pm (Tuesday).

The Swans stepped up their preparations for the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League campaign with a convincing 4-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle on Sunday.

And while Taylor revealed the club's tour of America was primarily about improving fitness and trying new things tactically, the Welsh international feels now is the time to start seeing results on the pitch.

"It was a good win against Plymouth," said Taylor. "We all got out of it what we wanted with the minutes we were supposed to get.

"The two games out in the US, we were trying different things tactically, but now we want to kick on.

"We said before the Plymouth game that the result had to be the right one.

"You need that winning mentality going into the season. We have this week and then one more game the following week before the season starts, so it is important.

"We want the same result against Exeter, and we are looking forward to another good test."

Meanwhile, Taylor believes the Swans are well equipped for the new campaign and admits that, with a few fresh faces in the squad, there is plenty of competition for places.

Having signed earlier in the week, Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a brace to mark his Swans return against Plymouth, while new additions Jefferson Montero, Bafetimbi Gomis, Lukasz Fabianski and Stephen Kingsley also featured on Sunday afternoon.


Taylor added: "We are playing in the Premier League and nobody's place in the team is safe.

"If you look at our squad now, we look strong all over the park. There are two players for every position, so there is more competition.

"You could see what Gylfi has added to the team against Plymouth. We also have seen Jefferson with the pace he's got, as well as Bafe up top.

"There is depth in our squad, so everybody's vying for places."