Oli eyes final Liberty flourish
Oli McBurnie wants Swansea City to round off their home campaign with a final Liberty Stadium flourish when they face Derby County on Wednesday night (7.45pm).
While the Swans saw their outside chance of a play-off place ended against Hull on Saturday, Frank Lampard’s Rams currently hold sixth place with just two games of the season remaining.
A win would go a long way towards booking a play-off for the visitors, and they have no shortage of incentives having suffered heartache in their promotion efforts over recent seasons.
Swansea may already know they have another season in the Championship ahead, but they remain unbeaten in league action in SA1 in 2019 and have played some superb football along the way.
And McBurnie wants to extend that sequence and give the home support another memorable display before the season is out.
“It will be tough, they are still fighting for the play-offs so they have everything to play for,” said the 23-goal striker.
“But the pressure is off for us, we can go out there and play and express ourselves.
“We want to give the fans something to cheer, they have been great for us and we want to give something back to them and make sure we finish the home campaign on a high.”
And while there is a lingering disappointment from the manner in which Hull’s late fightback ensured Graham Potter’s men can no longer dream of extending their season, McBurnie is adamant there will be no excuses if the Swans fail to perform.
“We are disappointed, we feel we are good enough to be in the play-offs but this was like the story of the season where we have dropped points against teams we have dominated,” he said.
“If you look at how many times that has happened – games like Hull away, Ipswich at home, Rotherham away – and you think of how many points we left out there and it would have been enough to have us in the play-offs.
“But we cannot dwell on it, we want to go out and finish as well as we can and finish as high as we can.”