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Captain's Comments: Swansea City

25 August 2017

Ahead of Saturday's home game against Swansea City we bring you the latest views of captain, Jason Puncheon, from this weekend's match programme.

Last Saturday at Liverpool was a result which was difficult to take as we stuck to our game plan really well, but then had the disappointment of conceding when we did. 

We had our chances and on this occasion they were not taken, but at least the players were in the position and will, at other times, take the chances. As the game opened up towards the end I would like to give great credit to Wayne Hennessey for his performance - they had a number of chances at the death as we went chasing an equaliser and he kept us in the match with some fine saves. 

On Tuesday night we returned to Selhurst with a victory in the Carabao Cup against a young Ipswich Town side. These types of games are never easy when a Premier League team comes up against a Championship side but I thought we kept on grinding them down, and got the breakthrough and the result our performance deserved. The important thing is to win, but we also managed to build the confidence of the squad as we move into the next round. 

It was lovely to see James McArthur back playing after his pre-season injury, and it was a great way for him to round off the night with two fine goals. He’s shown a great attitude as he has worked back to full fitness, and like others in the squad who have been overcoming early-season knocks, it’s great to see them getting their chance to fight for a first-team place. 

We now have a home match against Huddersfield Town in the third round next month, but that is some way off and we must concentrate on the league before then, starting with today’s game against Swansea City. 

We were both in a similar position at the end of last season but, like us, they did well to keep their Premier League status after a change of manager. This season we start again and this afternoon we are both looking for our first win, so for us it’s about building on the confidence from Tuesday night and getting the right outcome for us all. 

Thanks to you all for your great support in the opening weeks of the season. You are always our 12th man home and away, so I’m looking forward to you hearing make the stadium rock again this afternoon.   

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