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Sunday 4 December 2016

Swansea players must shoulder responsibility of being bottom - Gylfi Sigurdsson

Published 20/11/2016 | 13:06

Bob Bradley wielded the axe with eight changes at Goodison Park and has no qualms about doing it again
Bob Bradley wielded the axe with eight changes at Goodison Park and has no qualms about doing it again

Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson admits the players have to shoulder the responsibility of being bottom of the table and not new manager Bob Bradley.

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Bradley's appointment has been criticised by some because of his lack of experience of English football in what will most likely be Swansea's most difficult season since their return to the Premier League.

The American has taken just two points from his first five matches as the club - without a win since the opening day - has slid to the bottom.

But Sigurdsson insists their current predicament has nothing to do with the man brought in to replace Francesco Guidolin.

"Having only six points is not down to the manager, it's down to us the players," said the Iceland international, who scored the penalty which put Swansea ahead against Everton only to end up drawing 1-1 after Seamus Coleman's 89th-minute headed equaliser.

"All of the boys like the manager and the way he's training us is very good so it is down to us to perform and get the results.

"He talks to us individually, talks to us man to man. He tells you straight if you are not doing it right. We owe him and we owe the club a few wins.

"We have gone seven or eight games without a win (it is actually 10, with the last victory coming in the EFL Cup against Peterborough) but we just need one to get the momentum going and that will happen sooner rather than later - we can use the experience of last year too .

"We have plenty of time. We were in this position in January leading into February last season so the pressure was more but we showed we could handle it (eventually finishing 12th).

"Personally I have felt for the last few weeks it is just around corner and it has not come yet but hopefully this is the start and it is just around the corner."

Former Swansea captain Ashley Williams, playing against the side he left in the summer for the first time, admits Everton have got problems of their own after Coleman's goal avoided a third defeat in four matches.

"I think it is just for us to concentrate on getting that consistency," said the Wales international.

"We show sometimes that we are a really good football team and at other times we don't.

"It is up to us to concentrate on getting more consistent.

"It is frustrating for everyone when it is not really working, especially when you see the second half where I feel we played very well.

"We are trying our best but for whatever reason this is happening.

"This week we will speak a bit more about that because I feel that it is definitely something we need to work on in the 90 minutes and from game to game."

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