11:23 10th October 2013
. . . winger insists home fixtures are crucial to moving up table
Nathan Dyer revealed the Swans are desperate to make the most of home comforts when Barclays Premier League action returns following the international break.
Three of the next four league games for Michael Laudrup’s side come at the Liberty, with the Swans’ only top-flight victories coming on the road at West Brom and Crystal Palace.
A 2-2 draw with Liverpool was wedged between defeats to defending champions Manchester United and leaders Arsenal in their three home games so far in the league.
But Dyer insists the squad are hoping to put that right in the forthcoming home fixtures with Sunderland, West Ham and Stoke City as they look to add to the seven points they have picked up in the opening seven matches of the campaign.
“We have been disappointed with our results at home and that we haven’t made the Liberty a fortress so far,” said Dyer.
“Every team knows they are in for a tough game when they come to Swansea, but we want to make up for the first few results we have had at home so far.
“These next few home games are crucial for us. We really want to win those and put more points on the board.
“We obviously want more points, but we’ve had some very hard games and juggled that with other competitions too, which has been a new experience with European football on the agenda.
“But even if we were in the top four or six right now this group wouldn’t get too excited because we know it’s a marathon and not a sprint."
Sunderland are a side the Swans are yet to beat in the Premier League, and they will be hoping to break that duck in Gus Poyet’s first game in charge.
The Uruguayan was this week installed as the new Black Cats boss at the Stadium of Light, and he will be looking for a positive result from his opening match at the helm.
“He is a good manager - he did great things at Brighton,” added Dyer. “He likes his team to play passing football so it should be an exciting game.
“I don’t know how much of an influence he will have had on the team for our game because they will obviously be without a lot of their players this week because of the internationals.
“But this is a game we really want to win because we haven’t picked up a victory at the Liberty in the league yet and that’s something we want to put right for the fans.”