Cardiff Matt Grimes

Matt Grimes | Derby draw disappointment shows mindset is right

14th January 2020
First team

Captain Matt Grimes feels Swansea City’s disappointment at missing out on South Wales derby history underlines how desperate Steve Cooper’s side are to achieve something special.

The Swans took four points from a possible six off Cardiff City in the two derbies this term, with the second meeting ending in a goalless draw at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.

It means the Swans have had the better of the rivalry this term, but there was frustration at not completing what would have been the first league double in the history of the fixture.

However, with Swansea firmly in the play-off picture with 19 games to go, Grimes believes those feelings of disappointment are a sign of a squad with the right mindset.

“Disappointment is the over-riding emotion because we went out there to win the game,” said Grimes.

Cardiff Matt Grimes

“We know how much it meant to our fans and supporters in the city. Ultimately, we’re disappointed not to win the game.

“Of course, you want to win, but in any derby the fundamental is that you do not lose.

“They’ve not beaten us this season and we’ve taken four points from them, which is a positive.

“As we’ve said from day one, we want to achieve this year.

“Our standards are so high that when we slip below them, we’re so disappointed, but I think that’s the right mindset and attitude to have.

“That’s why it has crept in today because we want to win every game.

“We prepared so well all week and did everything we needed to do, so to not quite get the three points is disappointing.”

Swansea City fans

Grimes also heaped praise on the more than 2,000 members of the Jack Army who cheered the Swans on in Cardiff.

Their vocal support was clearly audible throughout the game, and the midfielder has offered his thanks to everyone who got behind he and the rest of the team.

“The fans were unbelievable. I tip my hat to every single one of them; they were fantastic on Sunday,” he said.

“I didn’t stop hearing them all game. That’s exactly what we need moving forward.

“They’ve been different class and I can’t speak highly enough of them.”