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Lads impressed by Swansea

Posted on 30 December 2011  - 12:00

Our players have been impressed with what they've seen of Swansea so far this season.

Our players have been impressed with what they've seen of Swansea so far this season.

The Swans have made an impressive start to Premier League life especially at the Liberty Stadium, with four wins, four draws and a solitary loss from their opening nine league games at home.

And Swansea’s reputation as a team that likes to play a passing game is not lost on our players.

Welsh international Gareth Bale will play a Premier League fixture in his home country for the first time on Saturday and is expecting a tough challenge.

“Swansea have been playing some great football, everyone speaks about how they play," he said.

"Ultimately we want to go there to get the three points, keep the pressure on the teams around us and keep the run going. Hopefully I’ll get a good reception!”

Rafa van der Vaart said: "I saw Swansea and they have a good team, they play good football. They are strong, especially away from home it’s difficult, but we’re looking forward to it."

William Gallas believes our fantastic away form – six wins, one draw and two losses – is evidence of the great desire within the squad.

“It’s great when you win away. It shows we are strong, compact and we want to to get something at the end of the season.

“Swansea like to play football so it will be interesting to see how we are going to play and if we can beat them as well.”