Let's keep pushing, says Carlos

19th February
First team

Carlos Carvalhal has urged his players to keep on pushing as Swansea City look to continue their Premier League revival.

The Swans have hauled themselves out of the relegation places courtesy of a spectacular upturn in form since Carvalhal took charge at the end of December.

The former Sheffield Wednesday boss has inspired his new team to four wins – over Watford, Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley – in his first seven league games in charge.

The Swans have lost only one match under Carvalhal – and that was in contentious circumstances against Spurs – and are yet to be beaten on the road since he was handed the reins.

That record will be put to the test when the Swans travel to Brighton this Saturday – and Carvalhal is desperate to see his team maintain momentum.

“When I arrived at the club, the word I heard a lot in the first press conference was miracle,” he said.

“We were five points adrift at that time and had tough games coming up against Watford, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.

“But I said when I came here that it was possible we could stay up and now I still say the same.

“We have had a good run, but we are still in a bad position. We are not comfortable – we are only a point above the water line and there are a lot of sharks around.

“All the teams want the same thing as us so we have to keep on going and, if we can stay in the Premier League, I think that will be a very, very good achievement.”

As well as progress in the league, Carvalhal could lead the Swans into a first FA Cup quarter-final since 1964.

But the manager’s focus is the top flight, with a number of regulars set to return to his starting side at Brighton having been left out of the weekend cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Swans and Owls face a fifth-round replay at the Liberty after a goalless draw at Hillsborough.