Matt Gill | We know as a group we have the qualities to respond

18th October 2022
First team
Matt Gill

Matt Gill has backed Swansea City to once again show their resilience and find the right response when they face Reading this evening (7.45pm).

The Swans fell to a 4-0 defeat at Burnley on the weekend, bringing to an end a run of four-straight victories for Russell Martin’s side.

But they remain one of the form sides in the division having taken 16 points from the last 24 on offer, including memorable away wins at West Brom and Watford.

That sequence came on the back of a frustrating start to the season, where the Swans could easily have accumulated more points.

And, seeing the way the group reacted to that period by stringing together a fine run of form, Gill is confident they can do so again after the loss at Turf Moor as they face a Reading side currently occupying the final play-off spot.

“I think the players have shown the character they have and the ability to respond, and that’s part of the way we work as a group. We will always go about the week the same whatever the result has been,” said the assistant head coach.

Matt Gill

“I think that helps when you go through tough moments. We never got too high when we were winning games, and we will not get too low after defeats.

“It is important we remain consistent as staff and that the players remain consistent because it allows us to call back upon the stuff we have worked on and done well in recent weeks.

“I am sure that consistency will stand us in good stead as we face Reading.

“They have had a brilliant start, and I think most people would say they have had a brilliant start.

“I think that puts our own start in perspective because we are only a point behind them.

“It will be a tough game, they have a squad full of experienced players but we are at home and we want to perform as well as we have done of late at home.

“It will be a tough challenge and one we are looking forward to as we look to bounce back from Saturday.

“The fans have been great for us at home, we have had positive results at home where they have really helped us get over the line, including against Sunderland last time out.

“So they will be vital for us and I hope we can really give them something to get behind.”