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Whilst Swansea’s chances of making the play-offs aren’t over just yet, Steve Cooper’s side need to find something, and quickly.
The South Wales outfit aren’t losing many Championship matches at present, but they must stop dropping points from winning positions and start turning draws into victories if they want a shot at a Premier League return.
Last Saturday’s goalless draw with second-place West Brom was seen as an impressive result, but damaging stoppage-time goals conceded at both Hull City and Blackburn Rovers in recent weeks are one of the reasons that the Swans are trailing the likes of Preston and Bristol City, when they really should be leading them.
Swansea’s incompetence when leading games is proving their downfall at present, whilst defensively they’ve been shambolic, letting in 14 goals in their previous nine league outings. This stage of the season is all about consistency and gaining momentum, but the Swans are plodding along like their season has already petered put into a mid-table finish.
Fortunately for Cooper’s men, the majority of their top-six rivals are suffering from the same problem, meaning despite collecting just 15 points from a possible 36 available in the Championship, which has seen them slip down to 11th in the standings, the three-point gap to sixth-placed Preston is more than manageable.
But with just nine games remaining after the resumption, Swansea are approaching a point in their campaign where there are no second chances. With a tough run of fixtures to come in April which includes successive games against Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, it’s paramount that the Swans collect maximum points from their visit to Middlesbrough and then their home match against Luton.
The opportunity remains there for Swansea, but it’s about dusting themselves down and going again before that excellent early season form which took Cooper’s side to the top-end of the Championship table goes to waste and the Welsh outfit are facing a third consecutive season in the second-tier.