Matt Gill | Middlesbrough present a tough challenge, but we expect a performance

23rd April 2022
First team
Matt Gill and Russell Martin

With four matches remaining in the 2021-22 season, Matt Gill insists there is still plenty for Swansea City to play for as they eye a top-half finish.

The first of those quartet of fixtures comes at home this afternoon when Swans host ninth-placed Middlesbrough at the Stadium.

Boro are three points outside the play-off places, and need a result to keep their promotion hopes on track.

The Swans have their own targets, however, and extending their seven-match unbeaten and finishing the campaign strongly are chief among them.

“Middlesbrough present a really tough challenge. They’re three points off the play-offs and they’ve got a real chance of getting in there,” the Swans technical development coach said.

“Our staff have got so much respect for their staff. Chris [Wilder] and Alan [Knill] are brilliant football men so we’re looking forward to seeing them.

“It’ll be a tough game, but the place that our lads are in, we’re just expecting them to go out and put in a good performance.

“We’re trying to improve in every game regardless of how many we have left. Our process now is exactly the same as it was as the start of the season.

“We’re trying to finish as high as we can but I think a top-half finish would show a lot of progression and positivity heading into next season.

“We’re second in the form table, we’ve scored 15 goals in these seven games, and there’s been some real progress regarding that and I think everyone can take loads from that and feel good about themselves.

“There’s lots to be taken from these final four game and three of them are at home so we really want to do well in front of our own fans. There’s lots to play for from now until the end of the season.”