Tiendalli: Make home advantage count
4th December 2013
With two consecutive games ahead at the Liberty, Dwight Tiendalli believes the Swans must make the most of home advantage.
The Swans host Newcastle at the Liberty tonight (7.45pm) before Hull visit SA1 next Monday (8pm).
The head-to-head home games come before a Europa League trip to Switzerland to face St Gallen and another away day at Norwich.
And Tiendalli, who started the defeat at Manchester City last Sunday due to Angel Rangel's absence through a calf problem, believes it is an opportunity for both himself and the team to build some momentum.
"I thought we played very well - particularly in the first half - against Manchester City so we were disappointed with the result.
"But we now have two games at home and it is important for us to pick up points.
"December is a very important month for us - there are a lot of games - so we need to start adding points to our total.
"If we can do that then it will give us good momentum before we head into the final group game of the Europa League."
Momentum is a key word for the right-back, who is looking to make the most of his opportunity following Rangel's injury setback.
He added: "It was great for me to start against Manchester City despite the result.
"It can be very difficult in football to show your best level of performance when you are in and out of the team. But it's something you accept and you have to try and reach your peak every time.
"Hopefully I will now get a few games in a row, which will give me the opportunity to build on my performance and also to help the team."
Alan Pardew's in-form Newcastle are first up for the Swans before Hull - who beat Liverpool 3-1 last weekend - make the trip to South West Wales.
And Tiendalli is looking forward to the challenging matches ahead.
"Newcastle are in great form and have won the last four games, so they will be looking to make it five straight wins," added Tiendalli, who has made eight appearances so far this season.
"They have quality in their squad, but we do too. We play a very nice style of football which they will be looking to disrupt our game.
"So it should be a good game between us, and hopefully we can get back to winning ways.
"Then we have Hull at the Liberty. That will be a very tough game too because they upset Liverpool at the weekend, and they showed they have the ability to beat one of the best teams in the division.
"So it will take a big effort from us in that match too.
"But if we can get maximum points from the next two games then that will give us a massive boost."
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