Nathan Dyer backs Swansea City finishing ability
NATHAN Dyer has dismissed question marks over Swansea City's finishing ability, insisting there are top-class strikers at the club.
Swansea squandered a string of first-half chances at Birmingham on Wednesday as they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup.
Wilfried Bony and Alejandro Pozuelo hit the woodwork, while Roland Lamah failed to convert when one-on-one with the keeper.
Michael Laudrup's side were also wasteful in their 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace last weekend, a match they could have won by a greater margin.
The Dane has called on his side to be more ruthless in front of goal — and Dyer has no doubt the players will deliver.
Michu earned a reputation for being a composed marksman last season, while Bony arrived from Vitesse Arnhem with a record of 31 goals in 30 Eredivisie games.
Dyer believes those players give Swansea a clinical edge.
"We've got two strikers who can score goals and we've got midfielders who can score goals," he said.
"Pablo has scored already, Jonjo Shelvey, Jonathan de Guzman, Wayne Routledge and even Ben Davies has weighed in with one.
"We just have to brush the Birmingham defeat off as soon as possible and get going again. We've got so many games coming up we can't dwell on that.
"Obviously it was disappointing to lose. We had a lot of chances in the first half and we have to make sure that when we get a chance we're clinical.
"That's what we realised when we played Manchester United. They had four chances and scored four goals. That's the difference between winning and losing."
Dyer was one of the ones to net at Selhurst Park as he added to Michu's second-minute opener.
The winger cooly slotted home Alvaro Vazquez pulled the ball back to him.
"It's a nice confidence booster when the first one goes in," he said.
"I had an opportunity in Valencia, but got a bit excited. Hopefully I'll be more composed next time.
"Last year I got six goals which was my best and obviously I want to go higher than that now.
"I have a target for myself which I want to keep working towards."
Dyer also scored in a memorable win against Arsenal two years ago.
The former Southampton man smashed past Wojciech Szczesny to put Swansea ahead at the Liberty before Arsenal hit back and Danny Graham scored the winner.
"That was up there in the top five of my career highlights, it was a great game and a great outcome," said Dyer.
"To get on the scoresheet in a game like that was fantastic.
"You can practice as much as you want in training, and obviously that helps, but you've got to want to be in a goalscoring position.
"That's what will make you score goals.
"Sometimes it will just fall to you, but often you have to work hard to get in the right place.
"For me, I've always been an out-and-out winger, it's only recently I've come inside and goals have been more of an issue for me.
"Michael Laudrup always says he wants us to make runs into the box. That makes more targets than just the striker, which is harder to defend."