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We’re staying up! Bradley has “total confidence” Swansea will avoid relegation

Date Posted,December 23, 2016

Swansea City boss Bob Bradley has total confidence in his ability to keep his struggling team in the Premier League.

The American has won just two games since succeeding Francesco Guidolin at the Liberty Stadium in October, but has emphasised his belief the Welsh side can climb out of the relegation zone.

Bradley’s men are three points from safety ahead of two crucial home games over the festive period. Swansea host West Ham on Boxing Day before meeting Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve in fixtures which could prove pivotal to their hopes of staying up.

But if he was feeling any pressure with his team in trouble, Bradley failed to show it ahead of the meeting with Slaven Bilic’s Hammers.

“I have total confidence in my ability, what we’re doing in training, my ability to manage guys and be a good leader,” said the 58-year-old former USA boss.

Swansea were beaten 3-0 by Middlesbrough in their most recent fixture (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

“But turning that around and getting points in the short term, I always knew that was going to be the biggest challenge.”

Swansea chiefs are set to back Bradley in the January transfer window, with defensive and midfield reinforcements the priority.

Away defeats at West Brom and Middlesbrough saw Swansea cancel their Christmas party, and their manager knows they must improve at the back to move up the league. The return of Argentine centre-half Federico Fernandez to full training is a boost.

“In certain moments our ability to keep switched on for 90 minutes and take the points hasn’t been good enough,” Bradley admitted.

Federico Fernandez of Swansea City is fouled by Christian Fuchs of Leicester City
Federico Fernandez is back in full training for the Swans (Photo: Getty)

“Our margin for winning matches is razor thin. It means when we step on the field from start to finish we have to give our all and not make small mistakes.

“Some teams have a bigger margin and they can get away with a lot more. That’s where we are right now.

“In some moments soft has been a fair word to describe us but in others we’ve just been letting our guard down and switching off. In the Premier League if you switch off there are usually players who can punish you.”

Fernandez and midfielder Ki Sung-yueng could return to the Swansea side to face West Ham after both players recovered from broken toes.

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