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Swansea City squad is stronger than last season, says Danny Graham

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 31, 2012

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DANNY Graham believes the strength in depth Swansea City showed in their 2-1 win over Fulham was proof that they are a better side this season.

Graham was one of seven changes to the side from their 0-0 Boxing Day stalemate at Reading, and he vindicated his selection with an acrobatic finish for the Swans' first goal.

The victory at Craven Cottage was Swansea's fourth away triumph of the current campaign, equalling the amount they managed last term.

And having collected 28 points from their 20 Premier League fixtures so far, they have five more than they had at the same mark last season.

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"I think we're a better side," said Graham. "I think we attack a lot more, get more goals and a lot more chances in the game, so it's an improvement.

"The gaffer's bringing in some good signings. Michu is the standout one, Chico has been ever so good at the back and (Jonathan) de Guzman has come in and is weighing in with goals now.

"We've got good strength in depth and you can see with seven changes we've won again, so we've got a good squad now."

Swansea are now 11 points clear of the relegation places and their next assignment is tomorrow's home encounter against Aston Villa, who are teetering just one point above the drop zone.

Paul Lambert's side have shipped 15 goals and scored none in their last three matches — all defeats — but Graham has warned the Swans not to take anything for granted.

"It's been a difficult time for Aston Villa — everyone's going to be down," he said.

"But it's a football game, we have to respect them. It's going to be a tough game but we're going to be looking to build on what we've done today and hopefully get another three points."

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