Jake Bidwell | We have a burning desire to succeed for this club
Jake Bidwell says he and all Swansea City’s staff and players enter the second leg of their play-off semi-final desperate to achieve something special for the club and its supporters.
The Swans face Brentford at Griffin Park on Wednesday night with a place in the Wembley final at stake.
Steve Cooper’s side head to West London with a 1-0 lead, having emerged with a first-leg win at the Liberty on Sunday thanks to Andre Ayew’s 18th goal of the season.
But Swansea heads have not been turned by the prospect of a trip to the home of English football, knowing there is still a lot of work to be done against the Bees following that hard-fought first leg in SA1.
Bidwell, who has been in fine form as the let-sided wing-back in Swansea’s set-up, is aware of the challenge that awaits in the final game at Brentford’s home of 116 years.
But the visitors will be driven by a real togetherness, and a desire to perform to their best for the club and community they represent.
“We have a process we go through and the gaffer leaves no stone unturned, that’s how we approach the game” said Bidwell.
“Every fine detail is accounted for, nothing is left to chance and that’s the same with penalties, if they are needed on the night.
“The gaffer has been great for me and the whole squad has shone through over the last few weeks, we kept in touch over lockdown and kept that togetherness as a group.
“We have great set of senior pros, people like Andre (Ayew), Wayne (Routledge), Nathan (Dyer) and Kyle (Naughton).
“They all set real examples for the others to follow.
“They have a burning desire to achieve for the club, we have that feeling as a squad and a group.”
Brentford finished the regular season in third place, while the Swans were sixth.
Cooper’s side have won their last three games, while the Bees have lost theirs and have yet to achieve a promotion when involved in the play-offs.
But Bidwell knows that such statistics or form guides will count for absolutely nothing once the first whistle blows on Wednesday night.
“In the play-offs you have two games to have good form and maximise your chances,” he said.
“Anything before that goes out the window. Nothing that has gone before counts for much, we certainly will not be paying much attention to that.
“We will just focus on what we have to do.”