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Matt Grimes | Only our best will do

18th July 2020
First team

Captain Matt Grimes has challenged Swansea City to “bring our best to the table” as the hunt for a play-off place intensifies.

With two games remaining in the Championship campaign, the Swans sit three points adrift of sixth-placed Cardiff.

Steve Cooper’s side take in their final home game on Saturday when they host Bristol City (3pm), before travelling to Reading on Wednesday for the last fixture of the regular season.

Following a 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest in midweek, Grimes and co know there is no room for error in the upcoming games.

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“We must make sure we bring our best to the table. If we do that, we can beat anyone on our day,” said Grimes, who recently clocked up a century of appearances for the Swans.

“We are still in the mix and there is still a lot to play for. We are three points behind, but we must focus on ourselves and make sure we win our last two games.

“Whatever happens from there is out of our hands. We are hopeful of others dropping points for us to get into the top six.

“But it is not over yet.”

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Saturday’s game sees the Swans take on a Bristol City side that still harbour hopes of making the top six.

Managed by interim boss Dean Holden following the recent departure of Lee Johnson, the visitors sit five points adrift of the play-offs.

A 0-0 draw at Ashton Gate last September was a hard-earned point for the Swans, who also had Jake Bidwell sent off late on.

And Grimes is expecting another tough test of the Swans’ credentials at the Liberty.

“They are a strong side,” said the 25-year-old. “I thought the draw at Ashton Gate earlier in the season was a decent one. They will be a tough side to break down and beat.

“Obviously, it won’t be the same without the Jack Army, but we want to finish the regular campaign at home in a strong manner. There is no better way to do that than by getting three points.”