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believes the Jack Army roar could help spell the end of Swansea City’s unwanted stat.
The Swans kick off their new season under the leadership of Michael Laudrup on Saturday with a trip to Queens Park Rangers.
It will be the sixth consecutive time the Swans have been on their travels on the opening day of the season – the previous five all ending in defeat to Manchester City, Hull City, Leicester City, Charlton and Oldham.
A home loss to Cheltenham back at the beginning of the 2006/07 campaign means the Jack Army have to go back to a 1-0 victory over Tranmere on August 6, 2005 – the first league match at the Liberty – for the last time the Swans kicked off the season on a winning note.
But Laudrup and co head into the new adventure full of optimism following their successful pre-season preparations.
And Tate believes the supporters will play a key role once again.
“The support we received last season – up and down the country – was absolutely phenomenal,” said the defender.
“The Liberty was absolutely rocking for every single game last season, and it was the same when we were on the road. At away games we would look towards our supporters in the away end as soon as we walked out of the tunnel, and the section would be bouncing.
“It did give us a massive lift during games. When you are up against it, hearing that roar of support can make a difference – it really can.
“Of course, there is a real sense of excitement within the squad ahead of the first game. It’s what we have worked towards in pre-season, and we can’t wait to get started.
“The same goes for the supporters – I know they can’t wait for the first kick-off.”
The Swans head to Loftus Road looking to avenge last season’s 3-0 defeat to Rangers while seeking a first ever win at the West London ground.
Rangers maintained their Premier League status despite a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City on a thrilling final day, while the Swans claimed 11th spot with victory over Liverpool.
And with the investment at both clubs this summer, Tate believes it promises to be a fantastic game to open the campaign.
“Mark Hughes has signed some very good players there – just like we have – and I think they will be very disciplined in his first full season in charge,” added Tate.
“They will be confident as they are at home, and the fact they beat us there last season.
“But we are certainly due a win up there – and on the opening day.
“It’s been quite some time since we won on the first day of the season against Tranmere in League One.
“It’s still amazing to think of the strides forward this club has taken since then.”
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