Swansea City’s destiny remains firmly in their own hands with just two matches left to play before the international break.
Steve Cooper’s men are level on points with second placed Watford ahead of their clashes with Bournemouth and Cardiff City this week.
And while performances of late haven’t been free-flowing nor particularly easy on the eye, the reality of the position Swansea are in must be hitting home with just 11 matches to go.
Conor Hourihane’s fifth goal for the club earned the Swans a 1-0 win over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.
It was another gritty and battling display from Cooper’s troops, although it ensured Swansea once again heaped the pressure on Brentford and Watford with just shy of a quarter of the campaign left to play.
Swansea icon Andy Robinson perfectly summed up the significance of the outcome against the Hatters – a result that means they have now kept a league high of 18 clean sheets this season.
“Hope Swansea come through this sticky patch #stopmessinrobbo,” he wrote on Twitter.
“#Uptheswans so many ways to win a football game. What fight from this group of boys. Horrible place to go and get a win. Job done 3pts in bag.”
Swansea have now collected 10 of the last 12 points on offer since somehow losing 3-1 to Bristol City – despite being far superior for two-thirds of the contest against the Robins.
It represents a phenomenal haul, particularly given that they have played a weekend game immediately after a midweek fixture for four consecutive weeks since their clash with Sheffield Wednesday was postponed.
And it also means the onus is firmly on Brentford and Watford who secured vital wins at Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City respectively last time out.
The Bees are three points behind Swansea having also played 35 games while the Hornets are level with Swansea on 69 points, although they have played a game more.
The pair play each other on the penultimate weekend of the campaign while Watford also face league leaders Norwich City during their run-in, so there’s inevitably going to be more twists and turns to come.
But the Swans are doing their part. And right now, nothing else matters.
Such has been their form this season, Swansea are currently just one point off their total of 70 points achieved through the entirety of last season.
Despite still having 11 games to go, they have also achieved two more wins than they managed in the 2019/20 regular season which represents significant progress.
Several players will link up with their country after the south Wales derby, although most will get the rare chance to re-energise themselves ahead of the trip to Birmingham City on Friday, April 2.
Bournemouth and Cardiff were both beaten at the weekend, although they remain in the hunt for a top six spot with 10 matches left to play.
It promises to be yet another gruelling week for the Swans who will do all in their power to grind out two more positive results ahead of their 13-day break.
But make no mistake. They are in a glorious position.
The picture will inevitably change from game to game, but fans should be hugely excited as the Swans continue to go about their business in a positive manner in what is proving to be one of the most testing second tier campaigns ever.
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