Wayne: Let's show our fighting spirit

17th January

Wayne Routledge has called on his teammates to show their fighting qualities ahead of Sunday's clash against Tottenham at the Liberty.

The Swans have won just once in their last nine league games ahead of this weekend - leaving them just three points outside the relegation zone.

Despite progression to the last 32 of the Europa League and a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, Michael Laudrup's side will be looking for crucial league points ahead of a pivotal period.

With in-form Spurs arriving in SA1 on Sunday, Routledge insists it us up to the players to pull together and start moving up the table once more.

"It's going to be a tough game," said the winger, who made his 100th appearance for the club in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United. "Spurs are a good team and are picking points so we know it will be difficult.

"On their day they are more than capable of being up there. Their squad is pretty powerful, and it's just a consistency thing with them. Momentum and confidence is a wonderful thing in football and they are doing well at the moment.

"But we'll give anyone a good game, especially at home. We've picked up few injuries recently, and now there is more onus on everyone else to pull together.

"It's been an eye opener recently where if you don't pick up points you can get sucked in. But it is now down to us to respond and pick up some points between now and the end of the season."

Despite not having won in the league since the start of December, recent performances have given plenty of encouragement at the Liberty.

After a narrow defeat to Manchester City on New Years Day, the Swans dumped Manchester United out of the FA Cup with a famous win at Old Trafford.

And Routledge believes it is only a matter of time before those displays start reaping the rewards of Premier League points.

"It hasn't showed in our performances," he said. "We just haven't picked up points at the right time, but hopefully that will turn soon.

"The main goal for everyone is to stay in the Premier League. Everything else comes after, but the whole squad has to do a little bit more.

"It's about being more clinical and creating more chances as well. We are performing, and it is just a matter of time before we score more goals and pick up points."

The last time the Swans found themselves in the bottom three of the Premier League was way back in September 2011.

Since then they have finished 11th and 9th respectively, as well as winning the club's first major trophy last season in the form of the Capital One Cup.

"Managing expectations is difficult, especially after the last two seasons," said Routledge. "But I feel it is in our own hands about what happens between now and the end of the season.

"It's been a great couple of years, and this is a bump in the road. We have to show our character to get out of the situation we find ourselves in."