Potter hopes home wins can spark away turnaround

11th April 2019
First team

Graham Potter hopes Swansea City can use their excellent sequence of home results as a springboard to record just a second away league win of 2019 at QPR.

The Swans are brimming with confidence after scoring nine goals and picking up nine points in seeing off Brentford, Middlesbrough and Stoke at the Liberty Stadium.

They head to Loftus Road to face a QPR side who are just six points above the relegation zone after a difficult run of form.

But the Swans have not won on their travels in the Championship since a resounding 4-1 success at Reading on New Year's Day.

And with several strong away performances not picking up any rewards, Potter's men have lost their last six games away from SA1.

It is a run of form the Swans boss knows much change for his side to continue progressing on the back of such an exciting and encouraging week.

"If we want to keep pushing that (away form) will have to change. We need to pick up wins and pick up points away from home," he said.

"I thought from a performance perspective our performances against Norwich, West Brom and Nottingham Forest were good, but without the results.

"Sometimes you just need a result, need a win to really give the belief and reaffirm all you have been saying and going.

"We are in a good place from a confidence perspective and a belief perspective. But you still have to start again.

"We are playing QPR, they are fighting for points themselves so it does not matter what we did in the last game or last week.

"It's about bringing our personality and performance to the particular match.

"You can't do anything if you are not consistently performing, and if you keep doing the right things you have more chance of being consistent in your results."

The Swans remain in the play-off hunt mathematically, lying nine points off the top six with six games left following Aston Villa's win over Rotherham on Wednesday night.

Potter accepts that it will be a sizeable task for his side to force their way into the top six, but hopes continued good form can maximise any slim hopes.

"If you look at it objectively you would have to think so," said Potter when asked if it was too late for the Swans to make a play-off push.

"But anything can happen. You never know.

"What is clear is we have not got enough points right now, if we do not get another point this season we are not doing anything.

"So we have to get points, we have to win games and that is good for us, we need to focus on the next match, try to win it and do our best and see.

"The cup run has meant we always knew this batch of games would be really intense with 10 games in six weeks so ,rather than worry about May, we focus on the next match and try and win."