Liam Cullen | We still have plenty to play for, and plenty to prove

15th April
First team
Luke Williams Liam Cullen

Liam Cullen says Swansea City still have a plenty to play for and prove heading into the final games of the season.

Striker Cullen produced a workaholic display in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Rotherham United, sealed by an Andy Rinomhota own goal, to make it back-to-back wins following a 3-0 success against Stoke City.

It is also four home wins out of five for Luke Williams’ side, who now head on their travels for games against Huddersfield Town and Norwich City.

The Terriers are battling to avoid the drop, while the Canaries are looking to rubber-stamp a play-off spot.

But Cullen insists there are no shortage of incentives for the Swans as they look to finish the campaign strongly and lay a strong base for head coach Williams’ first season in charge next term. 

“I think the main thing for us is that we know we still have something to prove,” said the Wales international.

“Although our home form has been better of late, and we are coming off the back of two wins, we want to make sure we finish the season on a high.

“We want to be able to go into next season on a positive note, and we are not happy with how the season has gone as a whole or with where we are in the league.

“We want to try and push on, perform well and put some good foundations in place for next season.

“We know we let ourselves down against QPR and Middlesbrough, the talking point going into the last game against Stoke was about intensity and really running for the group and the manager and I thought we did that. 

“It was important not to lose those standards like we did after the derby and I thought we were real intense again. 

Rotherham celebration

“We would have liked to have made it more comfortable with some more goals, and we probably should have scored a few more, but that is something that we can work on going into the end of the season and hopefully can carry this form on for the next three games.”

Cullen also praised defensive duo Ben Cabango and Harry Darling, who were not only excellent in their defensive efforts as Swansea secured a second-straight clean sheet, but confident bringing the ball out from the back.

“When we dominate a game with the ball, the defensive actions are limited so we have to be on it with the counter press and the lock in, and the defenders then have to be switched on in terms of creating the overload against the striker,” said Cullen.

“They have to recover the ball as quick as they can so we can reload the attack and go again.

 “I thought the Harry and Ben were outstanding gaining territory up the pitch but also recovering the ball when they needed to, they made some vital headers at the end and it was a real solid performance from them.”