Grimes draws on the positives

29th November 2018
First team

Matt Grimes believes Swansea City can take plenty of positives into Saturday's trip to Derby County despite defeat by West Bromwich Albion.

The Swans went down 2-1 at the Liberty on Wednesday night despite taking the lead through Oli McBurnie.

Graham Potter's men were left frustrated as West Brom took the points thanks to a pair of set-piece goals.

But despite the disappointment of a second home loss in four days, Grimes insists the Swans can be pleased with the way they stuck to the game plan and limited their opponents.

“It was disappointing because I thought we did really well and dominated the majority of the game,” the midfielder said.

“I think we contained them for most of the night because they didn’t create too much in open play. I thought we limited them very well and stuck to the game plan.

“We knew they would be dangerous on the counter-attack so we tried to nullify that and did it well, but we were undone by two set-pieces.”

The Swans have been beaten twice since winning at Bolton prior to the international break.

But with 27 league games still to be played this season, Grimes has urged his team-mates to keep their heads up.

“It’s a season of 40-plus games,” he added. “You’re going to have bad patches where you lose some matches, but you just need to remain consistent and try to take that into matches. 

“If we do that, we’re going to win more than we lose. It’s now up to us to turn things around.”