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Swansea City's Leon Britton: It was the best we've ever played

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 30, 2012


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SWANSEA City head to Arsenal tomorrow with Leon Britton insisting they have hit new heights in the Premier League.

Britton reckons Swansea produced their best football since returning to the top flight when they beat West Brom on Wednesday.

Swansea were at the peak of their powers during the first half, slicing the Baggies apart with slick interplay as they raced into a three-goal lead.

Britton rates that opening period as Swansea's standout Premier League performance, topping last season's 3-0 demolition of Fulham and the string of landmark wins they recorded against top-tier heavyweights.

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"Fulham was a complete performance, but in terms of 45 minutes, I think West Brom was the best we've played," said the midfielder.

"We were knocking the ball about so well, always attacking, and we looked like we could score more.

"Everything was going for us in the first half.

"We'd love to play like that for 90 minutes, but it's tough to keep that standard up."

Swansea experimented with a new frontline against the Baggies, with Wayne Routledge adopting a central role behind line-leader Michu.

Fellow wingers Nathan Dyer and Pablo Hernandez started on either flank, and the trio's inclusion seemed to give Swansea another attacking dimension.

Michu turned in Hernandez's pull-back to put Swansea ahead after the former Valencia man had been found by Dyer.

Routledge then struck twice before the interval, converting another Hernandez cross and then one from Ben Davies.

"Wayne was brilliant. I think the front four, Michu and the three lads behind, were fantastic," said Britton.

"They moved around, interchanged, and Wayne took to that role brilliantly.

"Wayne got his two goals, but all three of them were a constant threat for us, then Michu up front got a goal as well.

"The front four, especially in the first half, were on fire.

"There are more goals in the team and people like Wayne are benefiting." Swansea look likely to be without Hernandez in North London after the Spaniard limped off against Albion with a thigh problem.

The £5.55 million signing has blossomed over the last few weeks, so his absence would be a blow.

But there is better news regarding Danny Graham, who returned to full training yesterday having been floored by a virus since the win at Newcastle a fortnight ago.

Swansea travel to Arsenal knowing that victory would see them leapfrog their illustrious opponents.

Laudrup's men have raced to 20 points, the mark traditionally considered halfway to safety, more than a month sooner than last season.

They sit eighth in the table, just three points shy of a European place.

"It's great going to Arsenal thinking they're only one place above us," said Britton.

"To get 20 points from 14 games, it's been a good start, but there's still a long way to go.

"We can go to Arsenal with the pressure off, but we want to put a performance in and try to come away with something.

"We're not just going there to make the numbers up, thinking 'we'll get what we get'.

"We want to try to get a result there."

Swansea proved on their last away day that they are capable of going to high-profile venues and performing.

They won 2-1 in Newcastle and ran Manchester City close at the Etihad Stadium before that.

"We've shown at Manchester City and Newcastle that we can go away this season and perform at these grounds," added Britton.

"We'll go to the Emirates in high spirits and hopefully put a good performance on.

"The result at Newcastle was great for us and we're on a good run now.

"Confidence is high, but at the same time we won't get too carried away. We'll keep our feet on the ground and carry on like normal."

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  • Hadoken757575  |  December 02 2012, 11:10PM

    7 points in 1 week, ka ching!

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  • Philcwmavon  |  December 01 2012, 6:17PM

    abertawejack,I would hate for you to come to harm,so make sure your tablets are well stoked for next Saturday.

  • abertawejack  |  December 01 2012, 5:32PM

    I've had to take me heart tablets again, it's going like the clappers again I'm chuffed to say. reason being it nearly was "FIVE", their goaly brilliantly kept us out but! in the end; Who are we .....JACK ARMY (apologies to Dai here) C'mon U Swansssssssssssssssss...Yeehaa.

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  • Philcwmavon  |  November 30 2012, 7:45PM

    1johnE, I wish I'd posted your comment.

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  • muld00ns  |  November 30 2012, 7:08PM

    @abertawejack - I've deleted my sky series link for MOTD as its coverage of the Swans is so rubbish. All they could say was West Brom started slowly, not the fact we were awesome. BBC 5Live should be running MOTD they said - Scintillating Swans were sensational tonight. A pleasure to watch! That's more like it Mr Lineker and Hanson!

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  • DanEGraig  |  November 30 2012, 2:57PM

    Our new motto should be : Run around. Move the ball. Hit the net. FEAR NO ONE !

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  • Hadoken757575  |  November 30 2012, 2:38PM

    Agreed, the funny thing is around this time last year we stepped up a level too. I was gob smacked at how good we looked, and I think we will get even better as we gel. If we could do that for 90 minutes every week we could rattle anyone. Called in to see the boys training today in Llandarcy, saw ML playing in a small frantic cicrle of passing, he did this awesome little trick, I dont even know how to describe it because it was so quick and the pass precise but it was sweet as a nut and over in about half a second. The atmosphere looked really good among the group too. Hopefully ML will sign an extension, I think its safe to say he is our man and he can do great things here.

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  • abertawejack  |  November 30 2012, 9:55AM

    Wonderful football I whole heartily agree with 1johnE and muld00ns comments. Our Team is doing exactly what our manager is striving to do, getting them to be more confident with their abilities and think on their feet. Absolutely "BRILLIANT" football in the first half, with exceptional defence in the second. Poor Michael now has the hardest task by trying to keep our players feet, firmly on the ground against Arsenal after WBA, who can blame them for taking in that air of supremacy. I'm sure that won't be the case, complacency was stated about WBA for reasons why they lost! which MOT'D kept saying, not how overly "BRILLIANT" Swansea City Football Club is! About time we were given the respect we deserve, by this programmes annalists....mm I await with bated breath as to what they have to say, after Saturdays encounter. My head says a defeat or hard earned draw, my heart says we'll score at least five. C'MON U SwanssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssYEEHAA.

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  • 1johnE  |  November 30 2012, 9:04AM

    Last season we only had a Plan A but this season we have a plan B, C and D and its certainly working. Has any other team ever played three out and out wingers? Its no wonder WBA didn't have a clue. We the people of Swansea and surrounding areas are really blessed to have such great players, an exceptional Manager and a really super Board. Good luck tomorrow

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  • muld00ns  |  November 30 2012, 9:02AM

    I agree with Leon, the way the from 4 interchanged and switched flanks and positions was a joy to watch. They worked so hard it was hard to see them repeating the same intensity in the 2nd. Very proud to be a Swans fan!

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