Oli: We have plenty to look forward to

28th April 2019
First team

While the disappointment of seeing Swansea City's play-off hopes come to an end lingers, Oli McBurnie believes there is still plenty to look forward to.

A run of five wins in six games had seen the Swans launch a late surge towards the top six, and they headed into the weekend five points adrift with three games to go.

McBurnie's double had them on target to keep their bid on track heading into the midweek assignment against Derby, only for a late Hull comeback to earn the Tigers a share of the spoils.

It means the Swans can no longer force their way into the Championship's top-half dozen with games against the Rams and Blackburn still to come.

But, after a change of coaching staff and a considerable overhaul of the playing squad, there are still a number of positives to be taken from Graham Potter's first campaign at the helm.

And McBurnie feels the signs for the future should provide encouragement for players and fans alike.

"We were speaking among ourselves in the dressing room after the game and there were quite a few of us who are finishing off our first full season of playing in the Championship," said the striker, whose brace ensured he became the first Swans player to score 20 or more league goals in a season since Scott Sinclair in 2010-11.

"It was always going to tough, it was never going to happen overnight which the gaffer kept reiterating to us and the fans have been so good with us.

"We knew it would be hard, but the learning curve is one we have all been on and I think you can see we have improved as a team across the course of the season and we are a far better side now than we were when we started in August.

"Even going into next season that is something we need to carry on, and when it starts we need to start well and carry it on."