Joel Latibeaudiere | Clean sheets a reflection of commitment and hard work
Joel Latibeuadiere believes another clean sheet at Luton Town sums up the desire and attitude he found the moment he joined Swansea City last October.
The 21-year-old came into the starting line-up at Kenilworth Road and was voted man of the match by supporters after a fine display on the left of a three-man defence.
The shut-out took Swansea’s tally for the season to 18 from 35 matches, and they have conceded just 25 goals.
And Latibeaudiere, who joined from Manchester City late in the transfer window, sees those figures as emblematic of a committed and hard-working group of players.
“When I first got here and got introduced to the team – I did obviously know most of the staff already – but one of the things that stood out was that attitude around keeping clean sheets,” he said.
“I’ve never seen it like that anywhere else, it is so important to the staff and to the players. When we do everyone is over the moon.
“As a unit, the defence starts all the way from Andre at the top all the way back to Freddie. Everyone has their role to play and everyone does their job.
“We are sticking together, and you have to do that if you want to get through tough games with three points and a clean sheet.
“You don’t get anything easy in this league, Luton is a hard place to go to, it’s a tight pitch and at this stage of a season the grass is not always in the best shape.
“That means you have to adjust and adapt and I think we did that well. The wind and the weather didn’t help, but that’s football and that’s what you have to deal with.
“I felt ready to come in and get more minutes and we are happy to get the job done.
“We had Ryan Bennett back bringing his experience, he is always talking and communicating which helps and we all dug in really well, fought for the ball and the points.
“There’s no let-up, we have Bournemouth next. It’s a tough period and we need to get through it.
“There’s no excuses, we get ready for that game and look to get down there and get the three points.”