Rodgers hoping Spurs result will send Swans soaring

Sun, 01 Jan 13:57:37 2012

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side's performance in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham will act as a huge psychological boost in their bid to retain their top-flight status - and hopefully help them end their wait for an away win against Aston Villa on Monday.

Scott Sinclair's late equaliser gave the Swans a deserved share of the spoils against Harry Redknapp's title hopefuls and moved them five points clear of the relegation zone at the halfway stage of the season, after being roundly tipped to go down.

"That was as good a performance as we have produced against a real top side," said Rodgers. "For Spurs to arrive here with their form and quality and for us to play as we did against a top side shows growth. I am very proud of the players. To show that level of performance against a top team, to come from behind when we could have felt sorry for ourselves was fantastic.

"Many sides after playing that well for 43 minutes and then going a goal down could have got down, Tottenham can run over teams like that and win 3-0 or 4-0. But we showed resolve and resistance as well as quality. Hopefully that provides that extra boost of confidence for the second half of the season.

"What this does is it gives us the confidence we can stay in the league, our objective was to stay at this level because it is such an exciting league.

"This was a brilliant day for supporters and journalists to see our minnows facing such quality players, but to be the better side shows how the squad and club has grown."


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