Sigurdsson closes in on scoring target
26th April 2015
Gylfi Sigurdsson revealed he is hunting down his own personal goal after the Swans wrote a new chapter in the club's history books.
A 3-1 victory against Newcastle United at St James' Park moved the Swans onto 50 points - three more than the club's previous highest tally in the Premier League set during the 2011-12 campaign.
Despite falling behind to an Ayoze Perez goal in the 20th minute, loanee Nelson Oliveira headed home his first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time from a Sigurdsson corner. That assist proved the 25-year-old's tenth in the Premier League this season - only Cesc Fabregas (16) has more - with Sigurdsson becoming the first Swan to reach double figures in that category in the Premier League.
Sigurdsson then finished from close range following a neat cross from Jefferson Montero, before Jack Cork opened his account for the Swans to make it 3-1.
And despite a late Siem De Jong goal, the Swans held on for a famous victory.
With Sigurdsson moving onto eight goals for the season, the Icelandic midfielder is now approaching a target of his own.
"I'm not quite there, but hopefully I'll get a few more before the end of the season to meet my target. But I'm not revealing what that is," he said with a smile.
"I'd love to tick that box, especially as the team has reached one target by beating our points record.
"I've enjoyed the season - we've really come along as a team, so to get the tally that I've been striving for would be a great achievement for me."
Despite the Swans breaking their points record, Sigurdsson stressed that the squad is determined to finish the season on high.
Garry Monk's side face Stoke at home next weekend before fixtures with Arsenal, Manchester City and Crystal Palace complete the campaign.
"It's a fantastic achievement. It shows that the club is continuing to move forward. We are always improving as a team," said Sigurdsson.
"We talked at the start of the season of breaking the club's points record in the Premier League.
"But we have a few games left and we want to add more points to our tally. We won't be easing up because we have broken a record. We want to keep raising the bar."
Sigurdsson was also quick to point out the fantastic backing received by Monk's men in the North East.
He added: "We showed a lot of character after going behind, especially at a place like St James' Park where their fans make a lot of noise.
"But our fans were incredible. It's a massive stadium, so for us to hear them proves how loud they were.
"They made the long trip and really got behind us, and that shows just how passionate and loyal they are to this club."