Matt Grimes

Matt Grimes | Away results show we are progressing

1st September 2019
First team

Skipper Matt Grimes believes Swansea City’s away form so far this season is a sign of the progression they are continuing to make under Steve Cooper.

Having struggled on the road for much of the 2018-19 campaign, including a streak of seven defeats in a row, the Swans have taken seven points from a possible nine on their travels so far this term.

They secured a goalless draw at Derby, before claiming wins at QPR and Leeds, the latter being their first at Elland Road for 70 years.

It has helped put the Swans top of the Championship table, and Grimes believes the signs of improvement in away form show progress is being made.

“This and the QPR game is a testament to how far we’ve come as a squad in such a short space of time,” said the midfielder.

Wayne Routledge Joe Rodon

“The head coach has instilled a winning mentality. If we can’t win then it’s important that we make sure we don’t lose.

“Everything is positive and pointing in the right direction for us.

“Drawing away at Derby and winning at Leeds is almost the perfect start to the campaign.

“Hopefully, we can keep getting better and better and coming to places like this and getting three points.

“We just need to keep doing what we are and see where it takes us.”

And Grimes, who had a loan spell at Leeds earlier in his career, lifted the lid on the elation he and his team-mates felt as Wayne Routledge’s late winner bobbled its way into the far corner of the net.

Wayne Routledge

“It’s a massive three points on the way to where we want to be. It was a really good performance from the boys,” he added.

“We came under pressure at certain times during the game. Leeds are a very good team and Elland Road is a very difficult place to come, but we saw it out such is the character of this group.

“We knew that if we started playing our game then we would create chances. One of them fell to Wayne and he managed to stick it away.

“This is one of, if not, the toughest place we will come this season. They are a top side but we dealt with them very well.

“It was a feeling of pure elation when it hit the back of the net. It certainly took its time going in. It was a brilliant feeling and a fantastic win for us.”