Joe Allen primed for tough assignment at in-form Coventry City
Joe Allen and Swansea City head to Coventry City confident in their ability to get a result, but well aware of the test the in-form Sky Blues will pose at the CBS Arena.
While matters out of their control off the pitch have made things challenging for Mark Robins' team this season, on the field the team has continued to pick up impressive results.
They are currently fourth in the form table over the last six matches, picking up 12 points in that time, while their mid-table league position is skewed slightly by their two games in hand over most sides in the division. They are five points off the play-off spots and have lost just three of their last 14 fixtures.
But the Swans are looking to bounce back from the frustrating manner of their defeat to Norwich, and Wales midfielder Allen is confident they can produce a performance in the west Midlands.
“We have to respect the form of Coventry City and how well they’ve done, especially considering the [off field] circumstances," said Allen.
“Despite the respect we’ll show them, it’s a game we feel we can win – that will certainly be our target.
“We’ll have to work hard to do that, but we’ll get to work and make sure we’re in the best place we can be to get that result.”
The Swans didn’t get the result they wanted when the league programme resumed last weekend suffering a 1-0 defeat to the Canaries at the Swansea.com Stadium, paying the price for a slack start which allowed Teemu Pukki to net the winner.
But the Swans went on to dominate the match both in terms of possession and chances. They had 17 shots on goals, with seven of those on target.
“I think on the whole the performance was really good but we paid the price for a terrible first minute,” said Allen.
“A few things didn’t quite fall our way or break for us, and on another day the will. It’s just about finding that little bit of magic in the final third to get at least level in games.
“It was a frustrating day and we have to bounce back against Coventry City.
“We know that if we play like that week in week out then the majority of the time we’re going to come out on the right side of the result.”