Pablo Hernandez urges Swansea City to finish with a flourish
PABLO Hernandez has challenged Swansea City to ensure they are not left with a sour taste in the mouth at the end of the season.
Swansea are riding high in ninth place in the Premier League and, with 40 points on the board, their top-flight status is secure for next year with two months of the campaign still in front of them.
But Hernandez is determined to push on right through until May 19 — because a weak end to the season would tarnish Swansea's achievements to date in 2012-13.
"It has been a great season so far for us and we want to finish the season with a good run of results," the Spanish international said.
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"But if we don't play to the high standards which I've seen all season, then we know we will have bad results because this league is so strong.
"If we finish the season in bad form, I think that affects what we have done earlier in the season.
"As a squad our challenge is now to finish not just in the position we are in, but higher than that."
Swansea take on Arsenal at the Liberty this weekend, then face another London giant after the international break when Andre Villas-Boas's in-form Tottenham side come to SA1.
Michael Laudrup's men also have to take on both Manchester clubs and Chelsea before the campaign comes to an end.
The trip to Manchester United could yet be rearranged if Sir Alex Ferguson's men reach the FA Cup final.
Swansea's game at Wigan has been shifted to Tuesday, May 7 (7.45pm) because Roberto Martinez's men have reached the last four of the cup, meaning Laudrup's men have a blank weekend in mid-April.
Meanwhile, Swansea's under-21s are in action against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road tonight (7pm).