Belfast Telegraph

Rodgers looking to move forward

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers believes their maiden Premier League win against West Brom is a "massive step forward" for the club.

Swansea had failed to find the net, let alone record a win, from their first four league games, but that changed in spectacular fashion on Sunday as the south Wales club finally got the rewards their impressive performances have deserved with a 3-0 Liberty Stadium success against the Baggies.

"I always try to take the pressure off the players and put pressure on myself, because of how we play the players need to feel confident. But for the players in their own minds to get a win is a big thing and it is a massive step forward, not only did we get the win but the style in which we did it was superb," said Rodgers.

"We looked a real threat, like we have done all season. We were very creative but I also thought that was a big compliment to our organisation defensively.

"People will write about our style and passing, but there is substance to how we organise our lines and to keep three clean sheets in five games at this level is a tall order for a newly promoted club."

The days leading up to the game had been hard for Rodgers and the Swansea community. Rodgers' father Malachy died last Saturday at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer, while the local area has had to deal with the deaths of four miners at the Gleision colliery in nearby Pontardawe.

A minute's silence was held ahead of the game as a mark of respect for both events and Rodgers, who revealed three of his four brothers attended Saturday's game, said the miners and their families had been in his thoughts prior to the game.

He said: "I am happy to give some hope to my brothers and pay tribute to the supporters who have been incredible for me, and I have to thank them, and football in general, for their support.

"They understand it is not easy when you lose people but the football world has shown there is sympathy for people. Obviously we have had the situation with the miners down here which has been absolutely incredible and obviously I was thinking of their families when talking to my brothers on Friday.

"But my emotion is fine. I am happy to be back at work, I love my professional life, I love Swansea and I love nothing more than getting a win with a great performance."

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