Matt Grimes believes Swansea City are making positive strides under Luke Williams

5th April
First team

Captain Matt Grimes believes Swansea City are making positive strides under head coach Luke Williams, but admits they need to be better in key moments to fully display those improvements.

The Swans put in their best performance under Williams before the international break when they beat Cardiff City 2-0, and have since played out a draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Good Friday before suffering a narrow defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Easter Monday.

With six games of the season remaining, the Swans’ skipper says the Swans are looking to finish the campaign as strongly as possible and ensure they have momentum to take into the 2024-25 campaign.

And Grimes acknowledges the players have to take the responsibility for turning the hard work on the training pitch into positive outcomes on a matchday.

“We just want to finish the season as strongly as possible,” said Grimes.

“We’ve made good strides and we’re starting to look like the team the manager wants.

“Monday against QPR was a gut-wrencher, I thought we controlled the game in the main, but we concede a sloppy goal. I think it’s small lapses in concentration that are costing us.

Blackburn Rovers walk out Matt Grimes

“I’m confident in the future. We had a tough start under the gaffer, but I’m sure everyone can see the strides we’re making. We’re implementing the style the manager wants to see.

“There have been a lot of difficult moments this season, but this team is building and growing.

“It's been a drastic change to training and style, but it’s a positive one. Bit by bit, we’re improving.

“We’ve played some top teams, and our aim is to compete with them. We’re not there yet, but I’m confident we’ll get there under this manager.

“He has got us back to the basics of making everything we do about us. There’s so much clarity and vision that it’s not hard to understand what he wants.

“I know it’s been a tough season for everyone involved with the football club. 

"The season has been disappointing, but there’s so much to look forward to under this manager; his ideas and how he sets us up is fantastic.

"The lads have stuck together, they’ve been outstanding and we want to finish as strongly as possible and show the progress we believe we are making.

“Momentum is such a huge thing in football, so we want to finish strongly and that starts on Saturday.”