Mike: Let's build on Wigan fightback

31st December 2018
First team

Mike van der Hoorn has urged Swansea City to build on their second-half performance against Wigan Athletic when they travel to Reading on New Year's Day (3pm).

Graham Potter’s side kick off 2019 with a trip to the Madejski Stadium, where they will be aiming to end a three-match winless run.

The Swans travel to Berkshire three days on from their spirited fightback in the 2-2 draw with Wigan at the Liberty, in which Van der Hoorn registered his first goal of the season.

It will be their fourth game in the space of 11 days and the Dutchman admits he and his team-mates are feeling the effects of the busy festive schedule.

Nevertheless, the defender is confident their second-half response against Wigan stands them in good stead ahead of facing the Royals.

“Playing all these games in such a short space of time is madness,” he said. “You could see on Saturday that some of the players were fatigued.

“However, we need to be prepared for every game because, as we saw on Saturday, you can easily fall 2-0 behind if you don’t show up in the first half. 

“But, the second half gives us something to build on going into the game against Reading, and will give us a good chance of getting a win.”