'We must keep pushing'

28th October 2018
First team

Mike van der Hoorn reckons Graham Potter’s youthful Swansea City side must continue delivering as they look to keep pace at the top end of the Championship table.

The Swans climbed to within two points of the Championship play-off places thanks to their 2-0 win over Reading yesterday.

Oli McBurnie struck twice as Graham Potter’s men made it two home victories in four days.

And van der Hoorn, who was a tower of strength at the back as the Swans claimed a first clean sheet in four games, says Potter’s side must now push for more successes.

“The young players in the squad have done really well again, but they still need to work hard as we all do,” the Dutchman said.

“We all need to stick together and continue to play well to stay in the squad. Every game is different, so you have to take each game as it comes and work hard in every one to get points.

“That is what we must try to do.”

Daniel James won the penalty which McBurnie drilled home to put the Swans in front yesterday, then the young wideman crossed for the Scot’s second goal late on.

There was praise from van der Hoorn for both players.

“I think we did really well as a team, especially in the first half,” he added.

“We gave Reading a hard time moving the ball fast from side to side and Dan James posed a huge threat. I think we made good use of that.

“Oli’s there to score goals as a striker. He hasn’t scored for a few games so it has been a hard time for him, but scoring two should help him to get over that.

“Hopefully he will score many more in the matches to come.”