Swansea City midfielder George Byers has claimed his side must start improving their home form if they want to be challenging for promotion by the end of the Championship season.
Steve Cooper’s side secured a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday to keep their unbeaten away record in tact, but the Swans have lost a total of three home games this campaign to hold back their progress.
Swansea are still sitting fourth in the second tier during the final international break of 2019, but they would have maintained their spot in the automatic promotion places if they had avoided defeat against Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Brentford.
The Welsh club did manage to secure a narrow 1-0 victory over South Wales rivals Cardiff City during their last home match, and Cooper will now be hoping his side can build on this result when they welcome Millwall on the weekend.
Speaking to the official club website, Byers has now stated that Swansea need to build on their impressive away record by achieving more positive results at the Liberty Stadium in order to compete at the top end of the table.
“Our away form has been brilliant with us not losing all season. It’s great to have that intact and it’s something we need to build on,” he said.
“We now need to take that form into our home games. We’ve got to build on the good performances that we are putting in and turn them into positive results.
“We want to build some momentum at home and, if we can do that, we’ll be right up there.”
Byers has been a regular in the Swansea side this season by making a total of 17 appearances, while he has started all of the club’s last three matches alongside Matt Grimes in the holding midfield role.
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Cooper has made a solid start to his reign at Swansea this campaign, but the club’s home form is the notable area where there is room for improvement, and this must be fixed after the international break.
The nature of Swansea’s domination of Cardiff during their last home match will provide reason for optimism heading into the Millwall clash, and Cooper should look to deploy a similar set-up against the Lions.
Swansea will definitely be in and around the play-offs towards the end of the season if they can pick up their home form, as they have already shown their significant development under Cooper away from home this term.