Bradley: Swansea have ‘belief’ to beat the drop

Date published: Saturday 19th November 2016 9:57

Swansea manager Bob Bradley is confident he can rescue the club from relegation as a 1-1 draw at Everton saw them drop to the foot of the Premier League.

A first win since the opening day of the season looked to have been secured by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s first-half penalty, only for Seamus Coleman to head home an 89th-minute equaliser.

With Sunderland winning the Swans dropped to last place but Bradley, whose failure to register victory in his first five matches is the worst record by a Swansea manager in the Premier League, remains optimistic about the future.

“Twelve games, you look at the table and see where we are but there is still belief inside that dressing room,” he said.

“There are still players who come into training every week knowing we can do it if we go at it the right way.

“I have been in situations with teams where things haven’t come easy and you have to stand in front of the group and challenge them.

“(You have to) make sure they don’t lose their belief, have the courage to keep going and not focus on what gets written or what is out there, concentrate on what we can concentrate on as that’s the part we control.

“That’s my job. I’ve done it before and I’ll continue with these guys.

“We had a bunch of guys that are angry and disappointed today.

“That is the way it should be when you give up a late goal like that and the chance for a win.

“I think we will also be able to find some positives in there but the work to turn this thing around has to continue, there is no other way.”

While Bradley was pleased with his players’ attitude, Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman admits he was angry with his side after a poor first half.

“I was really disappointed how we played in the first half, I expected the reaction from the start, not the start of the second half,” said the Dutchman.

“I was not calm (at half-time) because we spoke a lot about what happened against Chelsea (a 5-0 defeat last time out), about how we needed to start; we spoke about the opponent being in a difficult situation.

“It was not like that and I was angry because I think we know how we need to play – but some players in the team it is difficult to have that attitude.

“Maybe it is better for me to get angry with the players before the game.

“Maybe it was a little bit a lack of confidence after what happened at Chelsea but if you have doubts on the pitch you are not yourself and you cannot give your best for the team.

“I don’t understand (that) we needed to be 1-0 down to get that reaction from the start of the second half.

“At least the goal was deserved and even after we did everything to win the game. At least it is one point.”

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