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Mike van der Hoorn | West Brom a stern test of unbeaten away record

7th December 2019
First team

Defender Mike van der Hoorn says Swansea City’s unbeaten away record will face a stern test when they face West Brom on Sunday.

The Swans are the only team in the EFL yet to suffer defeat on their travels this season, and are enjoying their best run of away form in 12 years.

They last lost an away league fixture at QPR back in April, and have gone 11 games without defeat since.

However, they face a Baggies side sitting top of the Championship table, unbeaten in nine games and yet to taste defeat on their own patch.

It promises to be a fascinating contest, and one van der Hoorn knows the Swans will have to be at their best for.

“Facing West Brom at The Hawthorns will be a good test for us, and they are a very good side,” said the Dutchman.

“Our away record has been excellent and it speaks for itself, but it will be tested away to the league leaders.

Brentford Mike van der Hoorn

“We’re all up for it as a team and will approach the match with confidence. In the Championship you have to treat every game as a winnable game and look to get the win.

“It’s important we don’t keep our heads down after the loss against Fulham, we have to have the mentality that we can win any game.

“They have had a good spell of games recently but they have also dropped points at home too so anything is possible.”

Swansea have had a tough few days following the recent international break, playing three games in the space of just six days and picking up just one point from a possible nine.

However, they have a bit more breathing space before heading to the West Midlands, with a nine-day gap between the defeat to Fulham and Sunday’s upcoming game.

Mike van der Hoorn

Van der Hoorn believes that extra preparation time will be a positive.

“It was a tough week having to play three games in such a short space of time,” he said.

“We said in the dressing room after the game it wasn’t a good week, and we know it wasn’t good enough.

“We have had better weeks, but it has shown how tough this league is. We have over a week to recover for the West Brom game which will be another tough test.

“We have time to rest, recover and put more work in on the training pitch, so hopefully we can take advantage of that and pick up the three points.”