Joe Rodon | Clean sheets an all-round team effort

21st September 2020
First team
Joe v Birmingham H

Joe Rodon believes Swansea City’s pair of clean sheets to start the Championship season are an indicator of the whole team’s attitude to defensive work.

Steve Cooper’s side maintained their unbeaten start to the league campaign with a draw against Birmingham at the Liberty on Saturday.

The Swans were frustrated to only get a point after having a greater share of the ball and creating the clearer chances against an obdurate Blues team.

But they made sure they emerged with something to show for their efforts by limiting Birmingham’s attacking opportunities.

And the commitment to keep out the opposition was shown by moments such as Jamal Lowe tracking a runner all the way back to his own box, while midfielders Matt Grimes and Korey Smith made brave blocks.

Rodon admits that, as a defender, that sort of application and effort is exactly what he wants to see throughout the team.


Joe v Birmingham H

“Having two clean sheets from our first two games is something we pride ourselves on,” said the Wales international.

”All the boys put in a great shift, as they did in keeping the clean sheet at Preston.

“You can see everyone doing their bit, midfielders making tackles and blocks and the forwards tracking men back. It just shows it’s not just about the keeper and back three or four.

”We work hard for each other, but that is the absolute minimum we expect from each other.

”It’s great to see everyone working hard for each other, but there is that frustration we could not get the win.”