"We have to carry belief forward"

24th March 2019
First team

Matt Grimes wants Swansea City to take the belief from their performance against Manchester City and translate it into a strong end to the Championship campaign.

The Swans turned in a valiant display - roared on by the Jack Army - as they pushed the Premier League champions all the way in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

They led 2-0 at one stage - through a Grimes penalty and a wonderful team move finished by Bersant Celina - but eventually fell to a 3-2 defeat to miss out on just a third semi-final appearance.

Their display won warm praise from City boss Pep Guardiola and, with Championship action set to resume after the international break, Grimes hopes the Swans can kick on.

Graham Potter's men are 10 points adrift of the play-off places with 10 games to go, but they have six of their final nine fixtures on home soil and have two games in hand on a number of the sides above them, including sixth-placed Aston Villa.

"We’re all hoping that we can build on the performance against Manchester City and take the momentum into the league following the international break," said Grimes.

"We’ve played one of the best teams in Europe and we were only beaten by a single-goal margin and feel we should have won the game.

"We can now go into every Championship game believing we can win for sure and we need to go and finish the season strongly and see what happens."