'We will be ready'

3rd April
First team

Carlos Carvalhal reckons Swansea City will be ready to fight at West Brom this weekend – because of the character they showed at Manchester United.

The Swans looked to be in danger of suffering a heavy defeat at Old Trafford last time out after conceding two goals in the opening quarter of the game.

But Carvalhal’s men regrouped and fought back against United, with Tammy Abraham twice coming close to sparking a possible comeback after the break.

Though the Swans finished up with nothing, Carvalhal believes their performance against Jose Mourinho’s star-studded side has made his life easier ahead of Saturday’s trip to The Hawthorns.

“If we played in the second half against Manchester United like we did in the first, we could have lost the game 3-0 or 4-0,” said the Swans boss.

“I think that would have happened if we had not reacted after the first half.

“We would then have had a very hard job this week. I would have had a lot of work to do to prepare for the game against West Brom.

“But the way the we reacted, while it doesn’t make the defeat any easier to take, means that we will be ready for West Brom from a psychological point of view.”

The United loss saw the Swans drop a place to 15th in the Premier League table with seven games remaining this season.

They are three points clear of the bottom three as they get set to face a West Brom team who are 10 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.

“We must keep our momentum going,” Carvalhal added.

“I think we did that with a really good second half at Manchester United. We showed some personality and now we have to do the same again.”