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Leon Britton: It was vital Swansea City got back to scoring again

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 08, 2012

  • Leon Britton believes it was important Swansea got back to business against Reading

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LEON Britton believes it was vital Swansea City stopped the rot against Reading on Saturday.

After a run of three straight defeats, Michael Laudrup's side came back from two goals down to draw with the Royals.

Though Swansea had targeted a win from that match, they were grateful for a point after Pavel Pogrebnyak and Noel Hunt had put the visitors in charge.

And with the international break putting Premier League matches on hold for a fortnight, Britton reckons it was crucial Swansea didn't lose again.

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"After three defeats with no goals, we didn't want that to be another defeat with no goals," he said.

"It was important we got a point with a couple of goals to show for it.

"We were 2-0 down at half-time which was disappointing because I thought we played well in the first half, we had a few chances and didn't take them.

"They had two shots and scored two goals, then you go in at half-time with your head down.

"I thought we showed great spirit in the second half to come back and on another day we could have won that game."

Swansea didn't start Saturday's game like a side short on confidence, but failed to take early chances and found themselves trailing against the run of play.

A second-half fightback followed as Michu and Wayne Routledge struck for Swansea.

And Michael Laudrup's side might have won the game had they converted one of numerous other chances.

"At half-time we said let's not feel sorry for ourselves because that's quite easy to do," said Britton.

"I think it shows the character in the squad. On another day we could have won that. You've got to give credit to their goalkeeper, he's pulled off a few good saves.

"But if you'd offered us a point at half-time, I think we would have taken it."

Swansea will face Wigan in 12 days' time. After that come daunting fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea either side of a Capital One Cup date with Liverpool.

"We need to try to get back to keeping the goals down and keeping clean sheets because then it gives you a chance of winning games," said Britton.

"We've got to use this point and this second-half performance as a springboard for Wigan.

"Wigan are a team we'll look to do well against, but it's still going to be tough.

"After that we've got Manchester City and Chelsea which are very tough games.

"It's the international break now, a few of the lads go away, but when they come back we'll get back on the training ground and hopefully come away with a good result against Wigan."

Swansea have kept two clean sheets in seven games so far, and Britton says that record must improve.

But he thinks Swansea will become a better outfit as summer signings continue to adapt to life at the Liberty.

"New players, new combinations, there are those things, but then you look at the first half — how many chances did they really create?" said Britton.

"It was two shots, two goals. Sometimes you get games like that. Other times they'd have two shots, one gets saved and the other goes over the bar.

"We've got to keep believing and doing the things we do.

"But we do need to keep clean sheets because that gives us a much better chance of picking up points."

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