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💪 "We will always have the courage to aim for the win"

Royals boss Veljko Paunovic looks ahead to the next exceptionally tough one against high-flying Swansea City.

28 December 2020

Swansea City have lost just once at home all season and edged their way into an automatic promotion place with a win at QPR on Boxing Day. But the Royals will go to the Liberty Stadium with confidence after a victory of their own at home to Luton at the weekend...

"We take it one game at a time. Recover, replenish, prepare again. It's another short turnaround - it's going to be like that all season. And this is a very tough game," admitted manager Veljko Paunovic.

"The win on Boxing Day will help us recover quicker and better. We will control what we can control, take a good look at their team - we know they play good football and that they are pretty good at home.

"So we know we are going to have a huge challenge on Wednesday night. But we always have courage going into these kind of games.

"And no matter what, we will put together a team which has the right mentality who will aspire to win the game.

"It's a tough stretch of games, but we will be ready. We're looking to take the confidence from the win on Saturday and we're looking to get a result.

"We always aim to win, we always prepare and get our guys ready for a hard match - like every game is in the Championship. But we will always look to be ourselves, look to attack and create opportunities and score goals."

The Royals won't have the luxury of making many changes and rotating to rest bodies ahead of the trip to South Wales with an injury list that remains a problem.

"We are never going to use excuses," Pauno said. "Just the facts. And the facts are that we have a lot of injuries.

"That impacts all the teams in the league, but it has affected us in key positions on the field and it affected our momentum and consistency.

"We have to start recovering players and soon I hope we can have some of the guys back - and that will help the team definitely.

"But on the positive side, it was a big, big success for the team to have John Swift back out there. And it was a big success for him too, to recover from a very tough injury.

"It's a long time he's been out. So I was very excited that we could give him the opportunity to step in, and he did very well against Luton.

"He looked to get on the ball, looked calm and held the ball well, picked up the second balls and earned us more ball possession, and looked to connect with the guys in front of him.

"And he affected the game positively. We're looking forward to seeing him build his fitness and to get some performances from him."

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