Swansea City defender Mike van der Hoorn targets pre-Christmas progress
18th November 2016
Mike van der Hoorn is eyeing some pre-Christmas progress as Swansea City fight to turn their season around.
Bob Bradley's team go to Everton this weekend having failed to win in 10 Premier League matches since the opening day of the campaign.
That painful run has left the Swans in the top flight's bottom three ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.
But van der Hoorn is convinced there is enough quality in Bradley's squad to pull clear of relegation trouble.
And the Dutch defender reckons the Swans must beat some of their rivals in the bottom half of the table as they look to climb away from danger.
The Swans have already faced eight of the Premier League's current top 10 this season - Everton will make that nine - and there is a visit to Tottenham to come in just over a fortnight's time.
But Bradley's side also have a number of upcoming fixtures against sides who are closer to them in the current standings.
"We have had some difficult games already this season, especially at home," van der Hoorn said.
"We have already played a lot of the teams who will be fighting for the top four places at the end of the season.
"We have some more difficult games ahead, like Everton this weekend, but there are also matches against teams who are within our reach in the table.
"We know we are fighting to get out of the relegation places. If we can get a few wins before Christmas, maybe we can start thinking about other targets.
"But at the moment we just have to get out of the bottom three. We have to stay together and focus on getting some good results."
The Swans looked to be on the up when they drew with Watford in what was Bradley's first home game in charge last month.
But they then suffered setbacks against Stoke and Manchester United, meaning van der Hoorn and Co are still searching for confidence ahead of the Everton clash.
"We haven't had the results we have wanted. We had a good performance against Watford but we didn't follow that up against Stoke, which was disappointing," said van der Hoorn, who scored his first Swans goal in the home defeat to Jose Mourinho's side.
"We know we have to be better than we have been so far this season, but I think we will improve. We have to build up in training to every single game knowing that we need to try to win."