West Brom is not a must win game
Wednesday, 4th Apr 2018 09:23 by Planet Swans (follow us on Twitter @swansnews)
I have read many times on here, and other sources, in recent days that Saturday's game at West Brom is a must win game for the Swans but we should come away from statements like that as they just aren't true.
A win would almost certainly (in my eyes) see us secure Premier League safety for another season but the very definition of a must win game means that there are strong ramifications to us not winning which is simply not the case.
Whatever happens on Saturday West Brom will play their football next season in the Championship. They are a team that has been heading towards relegation for weeks and for them there is little doubt that Saturday is the must win game it is talked about for us.
However, it is different for us because of our league position and, as we talked about on here yesterday, we have many more winnable games to come.
Should we lose on Saturday there will no doubt be the total meltdown and overreaction that follows many of our defeats but our destiny will remain as much in our hands on the back of a defeat as it does before the game is actually played.
West Brom have been on a dreadful run of form which has seen them now face a position where Saturday is arguably their easiest fixture and with a change in the dugout ahead of the game they will certainly fancy their chances more now than maybe they did on Sunday morning.
That alone should take away from us thinking it has to be a must win fixture and all the pressure that comes with that stigma. There will be far more pressure on the home side this weekend than there is on us and rightly so.
As I stated yesterday I firmly believe that the Jacks are staying up but I know one thing for certain. If we don't win on Saturday it doesn't mean we are relegated and therefore we should keep our nerve. As Carlos and the team need to.
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