Graham Potter reckons Swansea City can be pleased with the progress made this season – if not their recent form – as they get set for a trip to Brentford this weekend.
With 20 matches played in a 46-game Championship campaign, the Swans are 13th in the table.
They are eight points adrift of the play-off places and eight points clear of the bottom three.
That position would have been healthier but for a disappointing run since the November international break which has seen the Swans lose three successive games for the first time in 2018-19.
But while he is frustrated by recent results, Potter feels the Swans have taken strides in the right direction since they were relegated from the top flight in May.
“If I was going to summarise, I would say we had a difficult start in terms of the turbulence that surrounded the club,” he said.
“We had to deal with relegation from the Premier League and all that comes with that.
“We tried to get a group together that was competitive and proud to play for Swansea City.
“We have been working towards creating an identity and a playing style that people can recognise and the supporters can get behind.
“I think our playing style has certainly developed, while we have also seen the character the players have shown.
“We have picked up points along the way and there has been progress.
“But of course we are not satisfied. We want to win as many games as we possibly can.
“It’s not possible to win every game we play but, after a bad week, we have to say ‘Okay, how can we improve?’”
The Swans return to action at Griffin Park on Saturday (3pm), where they will face a Brentford side who are also searching for form.
Potter hopes his team can learn the lessons of defeats against Norwich, West Brom and Derby as they target victory in West London.
“We are not happy – we are not here to lose matches,” he added.
“We can say we want to win over and again, but the important thing is to change things so we get better.
“We have to look at the last three games.
“Against Norwich we started well but then made a couple of mistakes and then things became a bit of a struggle.
“We played as well as we have all season in the first half against West Brom, but the disappointing thing that night was the manner of the two goals we conceded.
“Derby was a combination of a few things. It was the third game in a week and we tried to do something in possession that didn’t quite work.
“We now take it all that into the game against Brentford. We will try to be positive and we will try to get three points.”
*Please note, there are currently weekend closures of the A4, in both directions, between Clayponds Avenue and Ealing Road. There is also one lane closed Eastbound between Boston Manor Road and Ealing Road. These closures will affect Saturday's game.
To get to Griffin Park, supporters heading East down the M4 are advised to come off at Junction 3 and use the A312 and A4, bearing in mind there may be more traffic than usual on this route. Those supporters using the North Circular or A4 from the North/Central London should exit at the Chiswick Roundabout and use the South Circular and A315 to approach Griffin Park via the Ealing Round.