Oli: We'll relish Spurs test
Oli McBurnie is urging Swansea City to start the new year in style when they face Tottenham Hotspur after a thrilling finish to 2017.
The Swans enjoyed one of the best moments of a difficult season at Watford on Saturday as two late goals saw them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Luciano Narsingh’s last-gasp strike ensured new boss Carlos Carvalhal made the perfect start to his Swans reign.
The challenge now for Carvalhal’s men is to build on the Hornets success in Tuesday night’s testing home clash with Tottenham.
And McBurnie hopes the Swans will take heart from the Watford win as they tackle Mauricio Pochettino’s menacing Spurs side.
“Belief and confidence are some of the main things we need to re-install in our game in 2018,” the young striker said.
“The luck has gone against us at times this season, but I think that changed a little with Saturday’s win.
“We have to push on from here and take the belief from Watford into the Tottenham game.
“It will be a very tough game, but it’s a challenge we can look forward to in in front of our home fans.
“We have to use Watford as a platform and build on it and continue to go from strength to strength.”
McBurnie made a significant impact after coming off the bench at Vicarage Road, playing his part as the Swans turned the tables.
And he believes the need for belief was in evidence in at Watford.
“Confidence is a big factor for us,” he added.
“We looked a different side after scoring the equaliser, but we can’t let our heads drop if we go behind.
“We need to keep our confidence as high as possible to climb out of the relegation zone.”
McBurnie has been in fine form for the Swans’ under-23 side over the last 18 months, and has relished the first-team opportunities which have come away this season.
The Swans supporters who were at Watford gave him a huge ovation at full time, and McBurnie wants to give them more to cheer between now and the end of the season.
“The travelling fans were great once again,” he said.
“We enjoyed celebrating with them at the final whistle, and another thing we are going to need is their constant support.
“We know Saturday’s win meant a lot to them and we want to follow that up with another positive result on Tuesday.”