Routledge ready for reunion
27th December 2015
Wayne Routledge will return to the club that gave him "everything" on Monday - but insists he's desperate for the Swans to pick up another three points at Crystal Palace.
The Swans head to Selhurst Park on the back of a 1-0 win over West Brom on Boxing Day - a result that lifted them out of the bottom three.
For Routledge, who progressed through the Palace youth set up before making his debut at the age of 16, it gives him another opportunity of going up against his former club.
The 30-year-old, who joined the Swans in 2011, was back in action against the Baggies on Saturday after missing the previous outing with a knee injury.
He now hopes to maintain his place in the starting XI for the trip to high-flying Palace, who sit fifth in the table following a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth.
And while he has huge praise for the club that gave him his chance of professional football, Routledge knows three points would be a massive boost for the Swans.
"Palace gave me everything. Without them I wouldn't be here today," Routledge acknowledged.
"They taught me everything from the age of ten or 11. They are a club that are close to my heart and I do keep an eye out for their results.
"But it would be nice to take three points off them.
"We are the ones that have got ourselves into this position, and it's up to us to get ourselves out of it.
"There are 11 of us out there and you must trust your team-mates, do your job to the best you can and hopefully that will be enough to get three points - if not three points, then one point."