'We must fight to beat Palace'

25th August 2017
First team

Martin Olsson reckons Swansea City must roll their sleeves up at Crystal Palace this weekend if they are to bank their first Premier League win of the season.

The Swans head to Selhurst Park in upbeat mood after chalking up a 4-1 Carabao Cup victory at MK Dons in midweek.

Now Paul Clement’s men are hungry for a first top-flight success of 2017-18 – but Olsson has warned that they must dig deep to get it.

“It’s going to be a tough game at Crystal Palace,” the Swedish international said.

“Every game in the Premier League is tough. It doesn’t matter whether you are playing a top team or one near the bottom.

“You always have to work hard first. But if we go there with the right mentality and play our football the way we can, I think we can get our first three points of the season.”

The Swans gained a creditable point on the opening day of the season despite failing to hit top gear at Southampton.

They then played well in long spells against Manchester United last weekend only to end up losing heavily after a late flurry of goals.

Clement’s side now take the search for a first league maximum to Palace as they try to maintain the momentum built up at the back end of last term.

“Last season was good for me. I came in at a difficult time for the team but we played some good football,” Olsson added.

“Now we are looking to push on, to play good football and pick up as many wins as we can.

“We finished last season very well and we might be a bit stronger now with a full pre-season working with the manager behind us.

“We just want to carry on where we left off last season.”