Mike van der Hoorn: Swansea City fighting for confidence
6th November 2016
Mike van der Hoorn admits Swansea City's players are battling to rebuild their confidence after defeat to Manchester United left them without a win in 10 Premier League games.
The Swans were undone by a hugely disappointing first 45 minutes against United, with Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (twice) on the scoresheet as Jose Mourinho's men cruised into a 3-0 half-time lead.
Bob Bradley's men improved after the break, with van der Hoorn netting his first goal for the club midway through the second period when he met Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick with a powerful header.
But the goal provided no consolation for the Dutchman after the Swans' latest defeat.
"The goal doesn't matter," van der Hoorn said.
"The first half was a big disappointment - that can never happen.
"I think our heads at the moment are not full of confidence, but we have a long season ahead.
"We have to keep our heads up, but now it's a matter of doing things and not just saying things. We have to work hard to get our confidence back."
The Swans' solitary Premier League victory this season came back on the opening day of the campaign at Burnley.
Since then they have taken two points from a possible 30, but van der Hoorn insists Bradley's players have the quality needed to climb the table.
"If we get our confidence back, we will get points," he added.
"Even in the first 10 minutes of this game we played well, but then they scored a goal and it was like we switched off.
"In the second half they held back, they were waiting for us. We tried a different system with Mo (Barrow) and Jeff (Montero) on the sides.
"We wanted to feed them and make some chances, but the first half killed us."