Mawson: Fans have been "massive" for Swans

3rd February 2017

Alfie Mawson believes the Jack Army's vocal backing will be crucial to the Swans' hopes at Manchester City.
Paul Clement takes his side to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (1.30pm) buoyed by back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Southampton.
Three victories in the last four games have moved the Swans out of the relegation zone - two points above Crystal Palace, who sit 17th.
And Mawson believes the support of over 1,000 travelling fans will be crucial once again this weekend as the Swans target a first Premier League point at the Etihad Stadium.



"The fans have been massive for us in the last few games. They will never fully realise how important they are to us," said Mawson.
"They shout, scream and get behind us, and that has been so important - particularly in the last five minutes against Southampton. They helped get us over the line.
"The noise they make really can lift the players, and their support will be crucial for us at Manchester City."



Mawson was on the scoresheet for the second time since joining the Swans when he headed home the opener against Southampton.
The centre-back, who struck eight times in 49 appearances for Barnsley in League One and the Championship, admits his recent celebrations are far from choreographed.
"I love scoring goals," he said. "My celebrations here are different to when I played in the lower leagues. I've gone a bit crazy when I've scored - it's just the rush and emotion of scoring.
"It's a dream to score in the Premier League, and I've got a couple now. But my job, first and foremost, is to defend, and any goals I get are a bonus. I won't complain if I get another at Manchester City though."
Since his summer switch from Barnsley, Mawson has made 12 top-flight appearances, and has partnered Federico Fernandez in the heart of defence.
Having settled into life in the Premier League, Mawson feels the Swans are also settling down under Clement.



"The boss has got our discipline, defensive shape and organisation back," he added. "You could see that from the last 20 minutes against Southampton when we were under the cosh.
"That shows a lot of character and quality that we have in the dressing room.
"Now we got to Manchester City looking to show the same qualities.
"We are not going to go there thinking we can't get anything from the game.
"The staff, the players and fans head there full of belief because we know we have the quality to get something."