Mike van der Hoorn | We are desperate to bounce back

25th November 2019
First team
Mike van der Hoorn v Millwall

Mike van der Hoorn says Swansea City are desperate to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment when they travel to Huddersfield on Tuesday.

Steve Cooper’s side produced a below-par performance as they were beaten 1-0 by Millwall at the Liberty at the weekend.

They will aim to put things right against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Van der Hoorn believes the Swans have already proved their capability of producing a positive response to adversity this season.

With the trip to Huddersfield closely followed by the visit of Fulham to the Liberty on Friday, the defender has urged his team-mates to do the same again.

“Saturday was a hard one to take. We expected so much more from the game,” he said.

“Apart from at the start of the second half, we didn’t really get into it. 

Mike van der Hoorn v Millwall

“We didn’t create enough to win the game and our passing was not accurate enough to break through, which was very frustrating.

“We need to be able to find solutions and we must make sure that we’re stronger.

“We are desperate to bounce back as soon as possible with a positive performance on Tuesday. We have done that already this season and we have two games to try to do it again.”

Van der Hoorn, who has been an ever-present in the Championship this term, was part of the side when Swansea last visited the John Smith’s Stadium in March 2018.

After the in-form Jordan Ayew was sent off just 11 minutes into the Premier League encounter, the Swans had to withstand a barrage of 30 shots on goal while enjoying just 19 per cent of the possession.

Nevertheless, the 10 men battled valiantly to leave Yorkshire with a hard-earned point and, over 20 months on, Van der Hoorn says the visitors will target a similarly committed performance against the Terriers.

“At the time, we were both battling against relegation. Neither side could afford to lose that day,” he recalled.

“After Jordan was sent off so early, the whole game plan went out of the window.

“We were so disappointed to lose Jordan because he was in such good form at the time.

“We had to really dig deep and fight for that point but, fortunately, we managed to hold on.

“It’ll be a different challenge this time around, but we will be aiming for the same kind of commitment from that day.”