Swansea City extended their unbeaten league run to four matches following their tense 2-1 victory over relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Steve Cooper’s side needed to come from behind to seal the three points following Nathan Byrne’s opener for the hosts, but home debutant Rhian Brewster then levelled the scores just three minutes later before Andre Ayew’s second-half winner for the Swans.
The result now means Swansea have climbed up to fifth in the table as they look to step up their Championship play-off push, while new signings Brewster and Conor Gallagher appeared to slot seamlessly into Cooper’s side during the match.
The Welsh side should now be firmly setting their sights on the top six following the addition of these two talented players, and the initial signs from Saturday’s victory suggests the Swans are now well on their way to a strong second half of the season.
But here, we take a look at two ways the Swans can improve even further after this success…
Start developing an attacking rhythm
Swansea delivered their most accomplished home performance in some time with their victory over Latics, with this seeing Cooper’s side produce some excellent attacking movements with Gallagher and Brewster at the centre.
However, the Swans’ next target must now be to ensure that these moments of attacking brilliance become much more frequent, as there was still some notable inconsistency in the rhythm of some of their forward movements against the Latics.
This will surely improve over time as Brewster and Gallagher become more accustomed to playing in this Swansea side, but the fact the duo were able to produce some impressive moments of link-up play can only bode well for the rest of the season.
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Cooper needs to find his best starting line-up
The fact Cooper has taken some time to work out his best eleven has certainly held Swansea back at times this campaign, and this is an issue which must be addressed as soon as possible if Swansea are to mount a serious play-off challenge this term.
Cooper’s decision will be made easier by the additions of Brewster and Gallagher, with this duo looking set to play prominent roles throughout the rest of the season, and a settled starting line-up will enable the Swans to gel better as a side.
Swansea’s regular signs of attacking promise against Wigan means Cooper should have no reason to alter his side too much ahead of their trip to Stoke next weekend, and this should then provide further opportunity for the refreshed Swans to click as a side.