Monday 5 December 2016

New dad Lukasz Fabianski hoping to deliver another win for Swansea

Published 27/12/2015 | 14:36

Lukasz Fabianski has had a Christmas to remember after becoming a father and helping Swansea out of the Premier League relegation zone
Lukasz Fabianski has had a Christmas to remember after becoming a father and helping Swansea out of the Premier League relegation zone

New dad Lukasz Fabianski is hoping to celebrate a special Christmas with another three points for Swansea at Crystal Palace.

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Fabianski became a father for the first time three days before Christmas and then kept a second successive clean sheet on Boxing Day as Swansea beat West Brom 1-0.

It was Swansea's first win in eight attempts and moved them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone ahead of Monday's trip to fifth-placed Palace.

"I had a boy, he came on the 22nd and was back home on Christmas Day," Poland goalkeeper Fabianski said.

"It's my first child and I will have to leave home now, but we have family over so it is a good time.

"Hopefully we can continue this good feeling at Palace because the situation we've found ourselves in is not the best.

"We have to get the wins to get away from (trouble) and the win on Boxing Day was a big occasion."

Swansea are still searching for a new manager, nearly three weeks after Garry Monk was sacked, but caretaker boss Alan Curtis has proved a calming presence at the Liberty Stadium.

The performance against West Brom was probably the least impressive of Curtis' three games in charge, but the spirit and character which brought him a first win shone through and was a world away from the chaotic nature of Monk's final home games against Bournemouth and Leicester.

"We hope it will be a turning point," Curtis said.

"We've probably got to show that attitude at all times because the situation we're in, it's not going to go our way unless we pull together.

"You've always got to mix it up a little bit.

"Everybody knows what a good team we are in possession, a good passing team, but I think we showed another side of the game against West Brom.

"I'm sure in the weeks and months to come we'll show that same resolve."

Swansea climbed above Newcastle and Norwich in moving out of the bottom three and Curtis feels examining the league table will give everyone at the club a lift.

"Getting out of the bottom three is bound to give us a psychological lift," Curtis said.

"The players are bound to get some sort of confidence and belief that we are better than the league suggests.

"It's a boost that we are out of bottom three, but we've just got to keep building on that all the time.

"Palace have been superb this season and they've got so much pace and power, especially going forward.

"We know it's going to be another tough game, so we must show the same character we did against West Brom."

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