Ryan Manning | Clean sheets show we are laying solid foundations

31st October
First team
Ryan Manning

Ryan Manning believes Swansea City’s clean sheet record shows they are laying solid foundations for the future under Russell Martin.

The Republic of Ireland international helped the Swans record another shut-out as they defeated Peterborough 3-0 at the Swansea.com Stadium.

It means Martin’s side have now kept eight clean sheets in the Championship this term, a tally that only leaders Bournemouth can better.

Their home defensive record is even more impressive, with Swansea conceding just four goals, the best such figure in the division.

And, while the attractive, expansive style of play with the ball has won them a number of recent plaudits, defender Manning knows it is important the other side of the game proves effective too.

“Clean sheets are the foundation of winning games, if you keep the ball out of your net and you score once, you’ll be flying,” he said.

“The clean sheets matter now more than ever, the more we can keep, the further up the table we’ll go and continue to build.

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“It’s probably been the ideal Saturday for us, but we’ve got a tough week coming up now so we need to make sure we build on this.

“Hopefully, going into the international break, we’ll have a good week of three games. It’s tough playing a game every two days but it’s all about building for Tuesday night now.

“Our home form has been really good, that allows us to build a foundation that we can build on away from home.

“Last week, tiredness probably killed us a little bit at the end of the game at Birmingham, there were sloppy goals which cost us.

“We’ve put that to bed now this week with a good performance here. If we can play like that again on Tuesday, we’ll definitely be in good contention for an away win.”