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Swansea star outlines main concern after Barnsley draw

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Swansea City skipper Matt Grimes has stressed the importance of picking up points at home, after his side missed the chance to go second with a 1-1 draw at Barnsley at the weekend.

Steve Cooper’s Swansea were denied a win at Oakwell on Saturday, with Barnsley’s Alex Mowatt cancelling out Andre Ayew’s goal in the second-half.

The draw actually took Swansea up the table from fourth to third – three points off leaders West Brom and level on points with Nottingham Forest and QPR.

After a storming start to the season, where Cooper’s side won five of their opening six, Swansea now have just one win from their last five.

Speaking about the club’s recent run of form was Matt Grimes, he told the official club website:

“We keep picking up points away but now it’s important that we do the same at home.

“We know our form at the Liberty hasn’t been good enough recently – the players know that better than anyone.

“We’re not having a bad run but we’re not playing as well as we can. But, at the same time, we’re still third in the table and picking up points, which is a big positive.

Brentford travel to South Wales to face Swansea tomorrow night, and Cooper and co will be expecting a tough game after seeing Brentford’s heroic comeback against Millwall at the weekend.

“Obviously, they’re a very good team with players who are capable of winning any game,” said Grimes.

“They play nice attractive football so it should be a really good game. We must do what we know we can and, hopefully, give the fans something to cheer about.

“The atmosphere for evening games at the Liberty are fantastic. It’ll be nice to get out there under the lights again and, hopefully, we can achieve a positive result.”

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The verdict

Given how well Swansea performed in the first six games of the season, they should be running away with the Championship crown already.

But they’ve faltered, and Cooper needs to recapture that early form to get themselves back in the automatic places.

They’re still in the mix though, and the visit of Brentford will be a massively important game for Swansea in keeping themselves in with a shout, and in giving the players some confidence at the Liberty Stadium.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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