Unity a key reason behind successful season, says Emnes
17th April 2015
Marvin Emnes believes the squad unity at Swansea City has played a pivotal role in the club's successful campaign.
Garry Monk's side is on the verge of breaking a club record ahead of Saturday's trip to Leicester City.
Having come from behind to hold Everton to a draw at the Liberty last weekend, the Swans now sit on 47 points - equalling the club's highest points tally in the Barclays Premier League.
And Emnes believes Monk's ability to keep his entire squad happy has been a key factor in the Swans' season.
"As a team we fight for each other and we win and lose together. The spirit within this squad is very strong," said the Dutch winger.
"Our squad is not as big as the others in the league but everyone in the squad works hard and gives everything they have. We have not got the biggest names in the league, but we look up to each other, we care about each other and respect each other.
"That's a big quality of this club, and you can see how everyone has contributed this season. Whether you are playing or not, it's important to remain positive and give everything in every training session to push your team-mates on.
"I think that's a big part of why we've done so well. It's a very friendly squad, and we all want to help Swansea progress further."
Emnes came off the bench last weekend to help the Swans claim a share of the spoils against Everton.
The 26-year-old's presence was enough to force Seamus Coleman into handling in the box, with Jonjo Shelvey tucking away the resulting penalty.
And, with the Swans missing the injured Bafe Gomis this weekend, Emnes is hoping his performance will be enough to convince Monk to hand him his third Premier League start this season.
"Last week I earned the penalty to help us get a draw so hopefully that will have helped my claims for a place in the starting XI on Saturday," said Emnes, who has featured 15 times this season.
"I think I've done well when I've played, and that gives the manager a decision to make in terms of team selection.
"Moving to Swansea has been a good step in my career. Of course, I'd like to play more but I knew it would be hard to be in the team as we have lots of quality players.
"But that's the challenge for me, and when I get an opportunity I have to take it. Hopefully I get that opportunity against Leicester."
With Leicester battling to beat the drop, the Swans hope to beat their own record points tally in the Premier League.
And Emnes believes it will be a huge accomplishment for the club to surpass the target set in the 2011-12 campaign.
"To beat the points record would be a special moment for this club," he added. "But, as a team, we know we have 18 points to play for, so we want to get as many as we can.
"Leicester need the points too, so they will go for it. Some people will think that we don't need the points as much as they do, but we don't see it like that - we are fighting for every single point to reach new heights and set the standard for next year."