Ryan Manning | We want to keep this run going to the end of the season

16th April
First team

Ryan Manning wants Swansea City to continue building on the feel good factor around the club after they recorded their fourth win in five matches with a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

It was the Swans third consecutive clean sheet, which Manning believes is the result of the hard work of both the coaching staff and players.

But up against a well-organised Terriers side, it was Manning’s deflected effort which would give the Swans three points.

“I bent it in on the defender’s shoulder,” he laughed.

“It wasn’t the best strike, but it went in, and when you play a team who set up the way they do it’s probably going to take a goal like that to break them down.

“It’s not always going to be the perfect goal, so I’ll take it.

“Defensively, we’re grafting every day and the gaffer is putting in so much time and effort to make sure we’re on it, so I think the recent clean sheets are a reward for that.”

The Irishman also believes that momentum played a big part in Saturday’s result, believing the run of the green tends to go the way of sides who are picking up results.

“We had a couple of games – away at Luton was a good performance, Middlesbrough was a good performance – and we felt that there was a change from January and February where we’d struggled quite a lot,” he added.

“So we knew that if we could build on the performances then results would come and then momentum is momentum and on days like this when things are going your way you just seem to keep getting the lucky breaks.

“We weren’t really ever a team that gave away a lot of clear cut chances. It might have looked like we did because of the style of football we play, but really we don’t give up that many chances but we were at a point where it felt like the other team would have two shots on target and score two goals.

“The Bristol game was the beginning of this and we managed to come good after the international break. The Cardiff game was massive for everyone at the club and the city and we’ve continued to build on that.

“The fans are getting behind us and there’s a feelgood factor around the place. That’s what happens when you start winning games.

“During the international break, the gaffer spoke to us and said we’ve got to set an objective to go unbeaten until the end of the season.

“We’ve obviously been on a really good run with four wins and a draw so we just need to keep building on it and finish as strongly as we can.”